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 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
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
International Trauma Studies Program (Clinical Level), World Human Relief (WHR)
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Training
Modules I, II & III - Diyalektik Terapi
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, 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
anxiety and stress
identity and career questions
trauma and related issues
loss and grief
existential and life questions
MEMBERSHIPS AND REGISTRATIONS
The Dutch Association of Psychologists (NIP)
PSYCHOLOOG NIP: 228427
American Psychological Association (APA)
Membership number: 00222239
I offer therapy in English and Turkish.
"As someone who has experience with multiple therapists, I can say that it is not easy to come across one like Yaprak. From the beginning I felt the safe and non-judgemental space she creates for her clients. And these are the most important factors to open up and to foster growth.
As a TCK I struggle with my cultural identity. Yaprak’s international experience was a huge part of my healing process because I could sense she was able to actually empathise with me on certain levels. She also aided me through a wide variety of issues; from war and sexual trauma to my substance issues. Not every treatment or therapist is the right one for every client, but I noticed that Yaprak’s eclectic approach was perfect for me and can imagine how helpful it can be for a diverse group of people. It always seemed to me that she intuitively knew how to approach every thought or situation I had in the appropriate, most helpful way. I have always left a therapy session feeling a weight off my shoulders.
I would describe Yaprak’s presence as genuine, kind, and comforting. I do see her as more than just a therapist; but also a guide and a mentor. I am grateful for her; she truly facilitated my journey of self-awareness and psychological breakthrough."
S., 22 , Third Culture Kid