Hi, I’m Ayhan
I’m delighted you stopped by
Writing is a craft which comes easily for those gifted with literary intelligence and is rather tricky for data-driven people like me. A young, daydreaming part of me keeps insisting that I must try because if I don’t dare to write, my communities will be continued to be silenced and marginalised.
I’m a humanistic, integrative psychotherapist trained in gestalt psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute in London. From 2020 to 2022, I worked in Spain, serving the English- and German-speaking communities with psychotherapy. Since August, I have been back in the UK, focusing on research.
I’m sorry that I can’t take on any new psychotherapy clients now. I know how hard it is to find a suitable therapist. This is why I’ve compiled a list of therapeutic resources below that might help you on your journey.
Affordable Counselling Services
There are several counselling services in the UK which might be able to help with affordable counselling services. Please get in touch with them directly for an assessment.
Thriving Autistic Practitioner List
Thriving Autistic offers a neurodivergent affirmative practitioner list with specialists from various fields, including creative art therapy, individual therapy, relationship therapy and occupational therapy.
The Adult Autism Practice
The Adult Autism Practice is an LGBTQ+ friendly, neuroaffirmative practice and can help with formal, sensitive and nuanced autism diagnoses.
Queering Gestalt Therapy:
An Anthology on Gender, Sex & Relationship Diversity in Psychotherapy
I am delighted to share that Routledge is currently producing “Queering Gestalt Therapy – An Anthology on Gender, Sex & Relationship Diversity in Psychotherapy“, which is set to launch in March 2023. This book is a joint project with my colleagues, Dr Vikram Kolmannskog and John Gillespie.
Routledge Summary of the Book:
“The first peer-reviewed book of its kind, this important volume addresses a current gap in the field of gestalt therapy: that the practice—and psychotherapy more broadly—still suffers from pervasive hetero- and cis-normativity.
This book offers gestalt-therapy-based research and training material on gender, sex, and relationship diversity (GSRD), including chapters on a variety of GSRD issues and how therapists can become more GSRD-sensitive. The contributors position themselves across the whole spectrum of GSRD and offer their voices as an invitation to further queer the gestalt community with diverse content ranging from academic, research-oriented pieces to experiential, reflective perspectives. Featured chapters explore topics including gender-radical clients, sex and sexuality, relationship diversity, integrating GSRD and gestalt therapy, and addressing heteronormativity in gestalt therapy training.
Queering Gestalt Therapy is for everyone who is interested in gender, sex, and relationship diversity, especially as they relate to gestalt therapy practice. This book will be especially useful for therapists, supervisors, coaches, and students of gestalt therapy.”