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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.

Sixteen 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. My 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.




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.

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

Previous work experiences include public sector organisations such as NHS (GP surgeries: Counselling individuals & Couples) in Southwark & Lambeth Boroughs and the addictions field (Adult Drug & Alcohol Services - residential & centres). I have also worked extensively with the elderly in the Housing Sector, as a Parenting Counsellor, School Counsellor and group facilitator offering personal development workshops. All my training, knowledge and experience is invaluable in informing a relational approach in the therapy with individuals and couples. I 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 standpoint that I begin and am committed to offering a safe, comfortable and non-judgemental space for all clients.

Specialisms
Relationship issues and Couples Therapy - working short term and longer term with more complex presenting issues and needs.






Associate Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist



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Gonce Ahmet ​BSc (Hons) MA, PGDip, M.A, UKCP
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist


Gonce has worked with children and families for over 13 years. Since qualifying as a child and adolescent psychotherapist, she has worked therapeutically in a variety of settings including statutory, voluntary and the private sector. The therapeutic relationship is at the heart of her way of working. Gonce brings an empathic, attuned, respectful and sensitive approach to therapy sessions, using her experience and knowledge to support a process of exploration, change and growth, and a reduction in distress and difficult to manage feelings and connected behaviour. Gonce integrates a range of theoretical and clinical perspectives to develop and support her work, which include attachment theory, neuroscience, object relations, and body oriented work. She also holds a Masters degree in Anthropology, and understands therapeutic change to happen on a systemic as well as personal and individual level. Alongside talking therapy, she sometimes uses play and the arts to help clients fully express themselves in a safe and creative way.

Gonce enjoys living in a diverse city, and working with people from all cultures and backgrounds. Her special interests include issues such as displacement and belonging, separation and loss, and eco-psychology. She is also a mandala artist, which brings together her passion for working creatively with nature, people and the community.

Specialisms
One of Gonce's specialisms is working with adopted children and families whose lives have been affected by developmental trauma, attachment difficulties and parental mental health. She spent many years working in social care, where she coordinated complex contact arrangements for families affected by separation. She has developed training resources on the subject of contact, neuroscience and attachment theory. Gonce sees children, teenagers and young adults presenting with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. Some of these include chronic anxiety, depression, bereavement, self harm, chronic illness, gender identity issues, bullying and divorce. She is fully insured, DBS checked and is a Registered/Accredited Member of the UKCP.

Gonce's Fees:
Initial Assessment (90 minutes): £120
Individual Therapy (50 minutes): £70 - £80
Family Therapy (1 hour): £85 - £95







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