I am a licensed and board certified professional counselor, and a board certified art therapist in Ann Arbor, MI, serving clients that seek therapy for a variety of reasons ranging from mental health needs, to purposes of personal growth and awareness. My work in the field started as a clinical psychologist in Turkey working with children, adolescents, and parents offering play therapy and psychoanalytic talk therapy. Following the 1999 Adapazari Earthquake, I received special training in trauma intervention methods including debriefing, Level I and II EMDR, and introductory art therapy, and worked with adult survivors in my private practice, hospitals and the field.

Subsequent to our move to the US in 2000, I received postgraduate training in gestalt therapy and equine assisted psychotherapy. In 2007, I graduated from Naropa University with a master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Art Therapy. I counseled refugees who were survivors of war, trauma and/or torture. I further specialized in grief counseling and sensorimotor psychotherapy, a somatic approach to working through traumatic experiences. I worked at a hospice agency, in private practice, and health care settings. Currently I am seeing clients at my office in Ann Arbor, MI.

Education

MA, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Art Therapy, Naropa University, 2007
MA, Clinical Psychology, Bogazici University, 1998
MS, Genetic Counseling, University of Istanbul, 1994
BA, International Studies, Allegheny College, 1992

Post Graduate Training

Gestalt Faculty Development Program in Group Facilitation, Cleveland, 2012
Digital Storytelling Workshop, Denver, 2010
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training, Boulder, 2009
“Equine Alchemy: A Dream Retreat with Horses”, Boulder, 2005
EAGALA, level I training, 2004
Gestalt Training Program, Cleveland Gestalt Institute, 2003
Wilderness Therapy Seminar “Learning the Ways of Medicine Women”, 2002

Professional Affiliations

American Psychotherapy Association member
American Art Therapy Association member
American Mental Health Counselors Association member
EAGALA member

 

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