About Ayhan Alman

As a queer psychotherapist with German/Turkish heritage, I understand the internal and external pressures related to gender, sexuality, identity and culture.

Growing up in a muslim, Middle Eastern family in Germany left me often wondering where I belonged with my queer identity. I am aware of the challenges a diverse background with intersecting realities may has on individuals. This awareness shapes my work as a therapist and I offer a nonjudgmental and accepting space for exploration.

My training enables me to support clients effectively. I draw from a wide set of therapeutic approaches to meet my clients needs and preferences. I am experienced with short-term counselling and long-term psychotherapy and worked for various services including the NHS.

I am accredited as a Full Clinical Psychotherapist by the UK Council for Psychotherapy and comply with their code of ethics and professional practice. I am also a member of the EMDR Association for UK & Ireland.

Academic Qualifications:

  • MSc Gestalt Psychotherapy – Middlesex University, London
  • Clinical Diploma Gestalt Psychotherapy – Metanoia, London
  • Post-Graduate Diploma Contemporary Trauma Practice – Relational Change, Oxford
  • Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapeutic Counselling – Metanoia, London
  • MA Digital Arts – University of the Arts, London

Continuous Professional Development:

  • Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice – King’s College London
  • The Utilization of EMDR (and IFS) in Eating Disorders – EMDR Association Sussex & Pam Virdi
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling – The Cherished Family Project, Birmingham
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Attachment in Couples Counselling – PESI UK
  • Part 1, 2 & 3 EMDR Europe Standard Accredited Training – EMDR Academy, Roehampton/Online
  • Delivering Psychotherapy & EMDR Online – EMDR Academy, EMDR Association & Online Therapy Institute
  • Gender, Sex & Relationship Diversity – Pink Therapy, UK
  • Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching – AoEC, London
  • Certificate in Humanistic Counselling – Gestalt Centre, London
  • Foundation in Performance/Acting – Arts Ed, London

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