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Life’s hardships can break us into pieces. We may feel like we want to throw in the towel. We might lose our trust in ourselves. We might be oppressed, feeling depressed. We might feel lonely. We might be going through major transitions, grief, heartbreaks. No matter how hard life can get, we can always find the path to freedom. That is where therapy comes in. Therapy encourages you to face life’s hardships willingly, with courage and trust that can be hard to cultivate otherwise.

 

We cannot get rid of our painful memories nor from daily struggles, but therapy can help you to face them with kindness and start your journey towards inner peace. When we can learn to cultivate a compassionate and curious attitude to ourselves, to our traumas, to our past, we can finally go to pieces without falling apart.

About Me

My journey in mental health started years ago when I chose to study psychology in my hometown of Istanbul, Turkey. I continued on to pursue a Master in Mental Health (M.Sc.) in London, UK. I integrate an anti-oppressive, trauma informed approach that is strengths based and person-centered. Drawing from various therapeutic and philosophical approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), Humanistic Therapy, Gestalt therapy, and Buddhism, in my practice, I integrate an anti-oppressive, trauma informed, somatic based approach that is strengths based and person-centred. Having lived in five countries and now being an immigrant in Canada, I am deeply familiar with people’s struggles with isolation in, and adaptation to, the larger society. Given my diverse background and past experiences, I take a multicultural approach to counselling. I am honored to listen your stories and look forward to connecting with you!

In addition to my private practice, I also work in a non-profit organization with youth at risk who is experiencing substance use issues. The program I work in operates from a harm reduction, attachment-based, trauma-informed model, which helps me to have different perspectives in my private practice. Outside of counselling, I am also a basketball coach and in my free time, I enjoy watching Formula 1, playing volleyball, having deep conversations with friends, reading novels, and meditating in nature.

*I offer therapies in English, French and in Turkish.

Education

Certifications & Trainings 

  • King’s College London - MSc in Mental Health Studies

  •  Istanbul Bilgi University – BA in Psychology 

  • Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles (Montreal), Diploma in Early Childhood Education 

  • BCACC - Registered Clinical Counsellor

  • Turkish Psychological Association - Licensed Clinical psychologist 

  • Canadian Mindfulness Institute - Certified Mindfulness Instructor

  • Certificate in Indigenous studies - University of Alberta

  • IFS Immersion - Integrating Family systems (IFS) across clinical applications

  • Dr. Sue Johnson's Intensive Course in Emotionally Focused Therapy: Attachment-Based Interventions for Couples in Crisis

  • Turkish Psychological Association - Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

  • University of Jyväskylä :  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Training

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