UKCP Registered Systemic Individual and Family Psychotherapist
I was born in Istanbul and left Turkey at the age of eighteen to carry on with my higher education in Israel. I attended the University of Tel-Aviv where I obtained my degree of BA in Sociology and Anthropology as a major and Social Work as a minor. I moved back to Istanbul where I worked at a Social and Economic Research Company for two years.
I eventually moved to the UK and in 2002, I attended the Tavistock Centre where I studied Systemic and Family psychotherapy at the diploma level. Following that, I carried on with my training at the Institute of Family Therapy where I obtained MSc in Systemic and Family Psychotherapy.
Immediately after my qualification, I worked at Hackney Social Services for three months as a family therapist. Subsequently, I worked at Barnet Enfield Haringey NHS Trust within the Enfield Adult Mental Health Services for fourteen years. During that time, I also worked at City and Hackney Adult Mental Health Services for five years. In both of these jobs I worked as a Systemic and Family Psychotherapist where I offered individual, couple and family therapy to adults as well as having carried out assessments.
I also supervised systemic psychotherapy trainees as well as trainees from clinical psychology.
I have been teaching at the University of Hertfordshire “Working Systemically in Adult Mental Health” and “Working Systemically with Individuals” as a part of the Systemic Module of the DClinPsy Doctorate level course.
Having lived in countries where cultural stories and ethnic identities are very different from each other, I developed a personal understanding of how the dominant belief systems impact on how we feel and behave. I also became very interested in how these factors play out in personal narratives as well as in couples’ and families’ relationship dynamics.