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I am a trauma-informed individual and couples therapist who works with people from various  cultural, sexual, racial and religious backgrounds. In addition to psychotherapy and counselling, I provide psycho-education in mindfulness, emotion regulation and interpersonal skills. I am also a trained researcher with a focus on close relationships, attachment, and existential anxiety. 

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"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination."

Carl Rogers

“Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don't find themselves at all.”
Rollo May

ABOUT

ABOUT 

ABOUT ME

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 counselling 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 

couples.

I integrate the current scientific evidence in psychotherapy into my work. I am a trauma trained therapist and 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                                   

2006 -2011

Grief Therapy, Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, Oct 2023

International Trauma Studies Program (Clinical Level), World Human Relief (WHR)

Jan-May 2021

             Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Training

          Modules I, II & III - Diyalektik Terapi

          Winter 2021 

             Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level I, II & III            The Gottman Institute

          Summer & Autumn 2020 

          Foundations of Psychodrama 

 Istanbul Psychodrama Institute, Turkey              

 Spring 2011

 

EXPERIENCE

I worked as a psychotherapist in Prague, specialising in working with international students and expats. I did my practicum and internship in the counselling 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.

In Amsterdam, following my second master's, I started working at a private practice called Inter-Being Psychologists as an individual and couples therapist, and co-led support groups. 

From 2018 until June 2021, I also worked in my private practice in Amsterdam. Currently, I offer therapy in London as well as online sessions. 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE & INTEREST

close relationships, attachment theory, existential anxiety

publications: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207648

PRACTICE AREAS
  • anxiety and stress

  • depression

  • mood swings

  • self-esteem issues

  • work-life balance

  • burn-out

  • cultural adaptation

  • relationship problems

  • identity and career questions

  • trauma and related issues

  • loss and grief

  • personal development

  • existential and life questions

  • couples therapy

MEMBERSHIPS AND REGISTRATIONS

The British Psychological Society (BPS)

GMBPsS membership no: 558457

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 

Membership no: 00990292

The Dutch Association of Psychologists (NIP)

PSYCHOLOOG NIP: 228427

LANGUAGES

I offer therapy in English and Turkish. 

TESTIMONIALS

TESTIMONIALS

                 

 

                  "With my partner, we were going through a hard time not being able to solve our conflicts. Yaprak welcomed us with great empathy and a clear goal. This therapy was life changing for both of us. In a few months, our communication and interactions changed drastically. We definitely can say that her guidance helped us to listen and understand our own history as well as each other’s. "

N & A , France

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