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. 

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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 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

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 Dutch Association of Psychologists (NIP)

PSYCHOLOOG NIP: 228427

American Psychological Association (APA) 

Membership number: 00222239

LANGUAGES

I offer therapy in English and Turkish. 

TESTIMONIALS

TESTIMONIALS

 

"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