I provide counselling and psychotherapy for expats and international students who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, work and life balance, cultural adjustment, relationships, identity and career questions, existential anxiety, dealing with loss and trauma.
"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination."
“Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don't find themselves at all.”
I was born in Turkey, a country that is known for its ethnic and religious diversity. Raised in a Macedonian – Turkish family, I have become aware of the cultural differences and how they translate into our society at an early age. I developed an interest in understanding social dynamics, interpersonal relationships, and psychological processes of human behavior.
I received my bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in psychology and a master's degree in clinical and counseling
psychology. I also have a research master’s degree in social psychology as I am very interested in the influence of social context and interpersonal relationships on psychological wellness. In addition, I have completed the Level 1 & 2
trainings, and Level 3 practicum training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy which I use in my therapy work with
I integrate the current scientific evidence in psychotherapy into my work. My practice is influenced by the following therapy models: humanistic, psychodynamic, Gestalt, existential, and cognitive behavioural therapy.
My approach to therapy is informed not only by my training, but also my passion for drama, cinema and literature which I enjoy blending into my practice.
EDUCATION & TRAININGS
Social Psychology Research Master’s
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2018 – 2020
Clinical and Counselling Psychology M.A.
La Salle University, USA / Czech Republic
2011 – 2013
Sociology B.A. with minor in Psychology
Boğaziçi University, Turkey
Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level I, II & III The Gottman Institute
Summer & Autumn 2020
Foundations of Psychodrama .
Istanbul Psychodrama Institute, Turkey
I worked as a psychotherapist in Prague, specializing in working with international students and expats. I did my practicum and internship in the counseling center at my university campus where I had the chance to gain experience working with young adults, international students from various cultures, different religious affiliations and socioeconomic backgrounds. I also co-led group therapies focusing on the issues of cultural adjustment and multicultural relationships.
After my graduation, I provided individual psychotherapy in English and in Turkish to expats who live in Prague. I helped my clients with issues such as depression, anxiety, cultural adjustment, relationships, existential and identity questions.
Since 2018, I offer therapy in my private practice in Amsterdam as well as online sessions.
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE & INTEREST
close relationships, attachment theory, existential anxiety
anxiety and stress
depression and mood swings
identity and career questions
trauma, abuse, and grief
existential and life-meaning questions
MEMBERSHIPS AND REGISTRATIONS
The Dutch Association of Psychologists (NIP)
Membership number: 228427
American Psychological Association (APA)
Membership number: 00222239
Registration number: 72427396
I offer therapy in English and Turkish.
“When I first started the therapy process, I was on the verge of emotional collapse and over the course of a few months I was able to move forward thanks to Yaprak who is a very professional counsel with immense care and concentration. I had a great experience with her working through both the everyday problems and broader problems I have encountered. Her approach and curated questions helped to me greatly to explore issues that I personally was aware of, as well as what I have carried from my past which I did not had knowledge of. Her logic of working through a conversation was a great way to reflect on my botheration. Her ability to switch between focal points have been a perfect guide. At any given point, she maintained the interest in me with a very sincere attitude. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the systematic and mutual effort on the whole treatment process.”
C., 30, Turkey