Diversified Work

I work with clients using a combination of solution-focused and strength-based strategies, a variety of mindfulness-based techniques, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help clients manage their emotions, thoughts, and actions. With this integrative approach, clients can learn to transition from reactivity to a reflective and mindful state. In collaboration with the individual, we will discover what is best suited for what they need and want.

Culturally Sensitive Counseling

I was born in Istanbul, Turkey and moved here in elementary school. I know first-hand what it is like to experience significant change at once and adapt to a new culture. Counseling is more effective when it takes into consideration the cultures that you identify with and how they shape your beliefs and your worldview.

Solution-focused, Strength-based approach

You already have tremendous resources within to deal with any problem or crisis. Together, we’ll look at the strengths that have helped you overcome adversity in the past and explore how you can use those strengths to meet your goals today.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

We’ll work together to discover and reshape the negative thought patterns that might be holding you back. You’ll learn new strategies for navigating any challenges that you are facing.

Mindfulness Practices

I have been a McLean Meditation and Mindfulness Certified instructor since 2016 as well as having my own personal practice since 2014. I have seen and experienced profound positive changes in my life as a result of these practices. Current research is showing the benefits of mindfulness in alleviating stress, depression, and anxiety and in helping us live lives of more joy and purpose. It’s important to note that mindfulness isn’t a new concept and that it has its origin dating back 2,500 years ago in Buddhist and Hindu practices. The integration of mindfulness in psychology (among other areas) shows its universality in clarity, emotional balance and compassion.* In working with me, clients get the time and space to become more aware and present in their lives. Clients learn how to make mindfulness a regular practice.

 *Kabat-Zinn, J., Williams, J.M.G. (2013). Mindfulness: Diverse Perspectives on its Meaning, Origins, and Applications. Abingdon, OX: Routledge.

Here are some common issues addressed in counseling:

    Communication & conflict skills
    Divorce
    Recovering from betrayal or trust issues
    Confidence
    Body image concerns
    Handling emotions
    Lifestyle management: eat, move, sleep
    Identifying your needs
    Perfectionism
    Difficult family relationships
    Low motivation
    Creating boundaries with others
    Involvement in hobbies and/or social life
    Navigating the dating world: committing and breaking up
    Healing from painful relationships
    Work/life balance
    Everyday areas of conflict: finances, housework, sex, etc.
    Life transitions: school, career, moving, parenting
    Depression
    Worry, stress, and anxiety