Counselling and Psychotherapy in Cambridge

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My Services

I have been practicing for over twenty two years. I work in a relational way.
I work with individuals and couples. I work in English and in Turkish.

I offer experience in the fields of attachment and loss, I have specific experience of working with clients who have experienced loss or trauma either in early life or subsequently. I am specialised in working with trauma, abuse, and relationship issues.
Issues I can help with:

  • Personality disorders / Multiple personality disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Work / Health related issues
  • Addictions
  • Psychosomatic illness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Cultural issues
  • Sexual issues
  • Sexuality
  • Abuse
  • Bereavement
  • Self esteem
  • Stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Identity problems
  • Obsessions / Phobias
  • Trauma / Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Pandemic related issues
  • Crisis Management

    Some of the problems I have helped people with include:
  • Confusion about who they are, problems with identity
  • Feeling empty, lonely, abandoned, unable to make lasting relationships
  • Feeling afraid, panicky and stressed
  • Feeling in crisis or in a state of breakdown
  • Experiencing anxiety, depression or suicidal feelings
  • Destructive patterns - addictions, phobias, and obsessions, eating problems, self-harm
  • Problems around sex or sexuality
  • Loss, bereavement, relationship breakdown
  • Impact of violence, abuse, and trauma
  • Impact of racism, oppression, discrimination, exploitation
  • Impact of problems at work, unemployment or bullying

    Valuing difference and diversity
    I respect and value differences in age, class, culture, disability, gender, race and sexuality. Many people struggle against discrimination, racism, and intolerance. Understanding the impact differences have on us may be an integral part of therapy. My clients come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and I believe that understanding how culture, race and class as well as individual family history, affect our sense of self and what is possible for us, can be an important part of what psychotherapy has to offer.

    Professional Standards and Ethics
    I am a registered member of the Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy section of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
    I am registered with the UKCP and adhere to the UKCP’s Code of Ethics.

    What You Can Expect

    You can expect to be seen and heard in an atmosphere of respect and understanding.
    In the first session, you and your history, thoughts, feelings, and experiences would be gathered in what is called an assessment session so that the suitability of the therapy could be matched to your needs.
    If we decide to work together, we make a commitment to a number of sessions that we review before deciding whether to continue long term. It may be that your particular issues and phase of life would benefit from sessions held more than once a week. If this is the case we would explore this together and decide what feels appropriate.

    The therapeutic process tends to stir up difficult feelings before you start to feel re-connected to your self. What is difficult tends to become more easily digested and understood in time. The length of time it takes varies from person to person.

    Our work is confidential. The only circumstance for my breaking confidentiality is if I have a serious concern that you may harm yourself or someone else. I would always endeavour to let you know if this were to be the case. I may discuss our work in supervision, which is an ethical requirement for my Registration with BACP and UKCP and designed to ensure you get the best possible service. When I do talk about our work, I do so in ways that preserve your anonymity. I am happy to discuss my supervision arrangements with you.

    I would like to be kept informed if you are using alcohol or non prescribed drugs excessively or are taking any prescribed medication. Please also let me know information about other therapeutic work you are doing.

    Please ask about anything you'd like clarified about my practice or our work together. It is particularly important to let me know if there is anything about our work that you are unhappy about. We will periodically review our work together as it is helpful for us to know what helps and what might hinder your therapeutic progress. My aim is to offer a high standard of practice through a professional therapeutic relationship.

    It may happen that we accidentally encounter each other in a social setting. To try to protect your confidentiality, I will only acknowledge you if you make initial contact. It is my experience that all out of session contact needs to be discussed in our next session as it often has therapeutic implications for our work.

    Ending therapy is usually decided between us when either feels it is time to stop. It is helpful to allow a number of sessions to end the process. If we are working together for more than six months, I request that you give me at least four weeks' notice if you want to end therapy, so that we can review our work together and end appropriately.

    Therapy offered in English and in Turkish.

    Therapy is offered in Cambridge and in London.

    Contact me at:

    Gulcan Sutton Purser

    01223 813762
    Mobile: 07743 893996
    11 Heath Road
    Swaffham Bulbeck
    CB25 0LS

    The John Bowlby Centre
    1 Highbury Crescent
    N5 1RN

    My Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Relationship Counselling service is based in Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridge and can be easily reached by car or public transport.

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