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Zarden Therapy Practice Couples Therapy & Counselling
for Greenwich, Catford, Brockley & Clapham

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Cemaliye Deran BA (Hons), Dip Couns, Adv. Dip Couples, PG Dip. Sup, Reg mem BACP

My name is Cemaliye, I am the founder of Zarden Therapy Practice. I am a trained and experienced counsellor and couples therapist with a deep passion and belief in the profound healing value of the talking therapies. I have lived and worked in the South East London area most of my life and particularly enjoy it because of its diverse and multicultural neighbourhoods and community spirit.

Fifteen years ago, I was compelled to change my life path after the sudden loss of a close and significantly important person in my life. This led me on my own personal journey into therapy, healing and ongoing growth which then culminated in my own decision to train as a therapist. Developing the Zarden Therapy Practice is a continuing part of this journey; the passion to create safe therapeutic spaces where real positive changes are possible for all. Therefore, the ethos of Zarden Therapy Practice is to provide a safe and confidential space where individuals and couples are encouraged to explore any issues they bring and move in a collaborative process towards their identified goals.

Educational Background

As an Integratively trained, humanistic counsellor, I have worked extensively (qualified 2009) over the last nine years with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and with varying different issues. In 2013, I continued my professional training by completing an Advanced Diploma in Couples Therapy at the Naos Institute as well as a Post Diploma in Clinical Supervision & Consultancy. Other qualifications include a combined degree in Anthropology & Sociology (BA Hons) as a mature student (Goldsmiths University of London) and a Certified Group Therapy Facilitator.

I specialise in: Relationship issues and Couples Therapy and have significant experience in working short term and longer term with more complex presenting issues and needs.

Continued Professional Development

More recently (2017), I have studied the Encountered-centered Couples Therapy (EcCT) Program which is an integrative relational model developed and presented by Hedy Schleifer. In my opinion, the EcCT model offers a powerful way of working with couples in healing the soul of the relationship and helping couples to communicate and re-connect. Indeed, due to some of the positive responses by couples after therapy in describing it as 'life-changing', prompted the development of a 6 week Couples Connection Program. see couples therapy program

All my training, knowledge and experience is invaluable in informing a relational approach in the therapy with individuals and couples. However, I also implicitly and explicitly understand that the quality of the 'therapeutic relationship' between therapist and clients is paramount to healing and positive outcomes in therapy. Therefore, it is from this premise that I begin and am committed to offering a safe, comfortable and non-judgemental space for all clients.

My Practice

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I would describe myself as warm and down to earth with a passionate commitment to providing a highly professional counselling and couples therapy service. I am a long standing registered member of The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework for good practice. I am registered with data protection (iCO) and have an up to date DBS certificate. I currently practice as part of a team of couples specialists at the Couple Therapy Clinic in London as well having and established Private Practice in SW4 & SE6. More recently, we have also opened in SE10 & SE4.

Educational Background

Previous work experiences have included public sector organisations such as NHS (GP surgeries counselling individuals & couples) in Southward & Lambeth boroughs and the addictions field (Adult Drug & Alcohol Services - residential & centres). I have also worked extensively with the elderly in sheltered housing and have been a Parenting Counsellor, School Counsellor and group facilitator for personal development workshops.


I specialise in individual relationship counselling and couples therapy and have significant experience in working short term and longer term with more complex presenting issues and needs.

The premise when working with couples and individuals is creating an environment which promotes an 'inside out learning' and growth; a transformational space which can lead to real and longer term positive change in peoples relationships and lives ~ Cemaliye

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