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Doctoral Candidate

About me

Hello, I am Onat Ozden, an Existential Psychotherapist. I also utilise Systemic and Psycho-Trauma approaches. Therapy is a collaborative exploration into the complex subjectivity that is ‘you’. Just like other therapeutic approaches, existential therapy helps people who are suffering and in crisis. Every now and then, we all come across circumstances that challenge our basic sense of security, identity or significance in life. Although these experiences can be painful and make us feel hopeless, they also provide us a great opportunity of growth through questioning our deeply held personal values in life and beliefs about how the world functions. By illuminating our human limitations and unique constraints, we can start to truly understand our distress and come to choose and construct our own way of being that is both meaningful and fulfilling.

The Existential approach is against categorising our unique personal experiences while avoiding stigmatising labels. Instead Existentialism focuses on the paradoxical nature of humans; on the one hand each person is unique in how they understand and experience their lives, on the other hand there is a universality to the ‘human experience’ in trying to make sense of one’s shared suffering. Dysfunctional behaviours or unhealthy symptoms are not pathologized, but understood as an attempt of coping with difficulties and an expression of one’s disconnection from themselves, their surroundings and from reality.

Additionally, social identities such as religion, gender, sexuality, ethnicity etc were always things I wondered upon and reflected on. As a gay man growing up in Istanbul, I experienced oppression based on my sexual identity, whereas growing up as ethnically a 'white Turk' I always made an active choice in realizing the privileges that came with it and prioritised educating myself on the Kurdish and Armenian oppression within Turkey. Social identities are a huge part of what makes us 'us', which are usually not tackled in counselling to the extend as it should. Better understanding of our experiences around both oppression and privilege has the potential for us to view some of our sufferings from a new perspective. 

Training, qualifications & experience

My formal training is Existential in orientation. Currently I am working on my doctoral dissertation as part of a 4 year intensive program in Counselling Psychology.

Through my supervisor of 3 years, I have learned much about Psycho-Trauma and Systemic approaches theory and practice.

DcPsych in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy, Middlesex University/NSPC, UK

BA Psychology, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Meaning and Purpose
  • Living with HIV
  • Intimacy Issues
  • Psychotrauma

Fees

From £45.00 to £55.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My regular fees are from £45 to £55 depending on the income of the person.

I offer free 15 min meeting to both discuss the therapy process and to get a sense of whether we would be a good fit. Limited number of concessions and lower rates are available, especially to trainee counsellors.

When I work

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My working hours are between 10am-7pm weekdays, Saturdays 11am-6pm

London, Hackney, E5

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults

Additional languages

Turkish

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom