Derman’s a member of Psychological Therapies Alliance. This partnership delivery model between Homerton IAPT, Tavistock, East London Mental Health Trust, Mind and Bikur Cholim, which is part of the national IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) scheme. We are now working very closely with the NHS to deliver culturally specific psychological therapies to Turkish/ Kurdish speaking communities. The PTA offers one to one counselling and group therapies to clients which aimed to improve emotional wellbeing, re-validate their skills to recover, live independently, and to manage their mental and physical well-being.
What we offer?
We offer individual short-term (6 to 12 sessions) and culturally sensitive counselling in Turkish and also run Behavioural Activation Group Therapies. Our Counselling services operate under a ‘no drugs and alcohol policy’ and have a framework for missed and cancelled sessions.
Counselling is a space to talk and think about your problems with someone skilled and trained to help you deal with your negative feelings. It is a place to explore thoughts and feelings about yourself and your relationships with others. Counselling can help you understand yourself better and allow you to see what may have been stopping you from fulfilling your potential in life.
Group Therapies Behavioural Activation Group Therapy is a psychological treatment developed for depression. The idea behind this form of therapy is that your life either consists of too much environmental punishment, or too little environmental reinforcement. Behavioural Activation focuses on the present and attempts to make subtle changes to your lifestyle in order to lift the depression,
Who can use this Counselling Service? This is a free of charge adult (16 onwards) counselling service for Turkish speaking clients or clients of Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot origin who reside and/or are registered with a GP in Hackney.
How to Refer to us?
We accept referrals in writing, a letter or completing referral form, from GPs, other Primary Health Care professionals, Locality Mental Health Teams and other voluntary sector organisations or health professionals.
Please note: Our premises is not disabled accessible – please let us know if you or your client cannot manage stairs and we will arrange to see you at an alternative venue if possible.
A Note on Confidentiality
All practitioners work within a framework of confidentiality; whilst the relationship with the counsellor is strictly confidential, some aspects of the counsellor’s work will be discussed in supervision, within the context of total anonymity.
There will be no other disclosure. The only exceptions to this policy are where it is reasonably believed that the health and safety of an individual(s) is at risk and/or where we are legally obliged to disclose material, i.e. in the case of child protection and drug trafficking. Every effort is made to discuss this with the client beforehand.