I am a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice, a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). I provide psychotherapy, counselling, assessment, and consultation at my offices in Mississauga and Milton.
Working with me, you can count on:
- An innate ability to connect with clients of all ages and make them feel at ease
- A true, and genuine sense of caring and acceptance
- Specialized cognitive-behavioural therapy for helping clients
- Sensitive to cultural differences, a wealth of knowledge, training, and work experience
I obtained my Bachelor of Art (Hon) degree in Psychology from Bogazici University, Turkey in 1995. I completed my Masters of Science degree in Health Psychology at University College London, England in 1997. I completed a post-graduate course in Ethical and Legal Issues in Counselling and Psychology at Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA in 1998. Upon my arrival to Canada in 2000, I completed post-graduate Certificate programs in Children’s Mental Health, Adult Mental Health, and in Assessment and Treatment of Children at St. Michael’s College of University of Toronto. In 2010, I completed a Dual Certificate Program (Beginner and Advanced) in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy offered by OISE/ University of Toronto and Hinks Dellcrest Centre/Gail Appel Institute. I further attended a 4-day workshop with Dr. David Burns in Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and T.E.A.M Therapy Techniques in 2012 in Toronto.
Beyond my academic background in psychology, I have more than 17 years of experience in the assessment and treatment children, adolescents and families in both clinical and school settings in Canada, England and Turkey. In Turkey, I worked directly with children with autism and developmental disabilities. For ten years (2000-2010), I worked as a psychoeducational consultant at the Toronto French School at both Mississauga and Toronto campuses. I worked directly with children from 3 years old to Grade 7, providing assessment and consultation to teachers and parents. I currently hold a part-time position with the Halton District School Board as a psychoeducational consultant.
I have been in private practice as a counsellor since 2010 working with adults, children, teens, university/college students, and families. Part of my private practice is a supervised practice where I provide psychological services under the supervision of Dr. Dan Dalton & Associates. I conduct full psychoeducational assessments for Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Giftedness, Developmental, and Intellectual disabilities, and treatment services to adults, children, adolescents, university and college students, and families presenting with a wide range of cognitive, developmental, social, emotional, and behavioural concerns.
I have obtained an extensive experience over the years on different issues such as attention deficit disorder, oppositional defiant behaviour, anger management, low self-esteem, shyness, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, eating problems, bulimia, fears, dealing with death and grief, separation and divorce, blended-family issues, relationship difficulties and sibling rivalry.
I believe that no single clinical theory or approach is comprehensive enough to account for the complexities of human behaviour. My counselling approach to work with clients could best be characterized as eclectic. Some therapies focus on bringing out feelings, others stress identifying thoughts and still others concentrate on actual behaviour. I use Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, T.E.A.M Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Play Therapy, and Mindfulness in my therapeutic approach.
All my services are offered in a strictly confidential and welcoming environment with every effort made to ensure you or your child receive the best care.
As a mother of three children, 16, 10 and 5, I have first-hand experience and understanding of common childhood and adolescent issues. I can easily empathize with you whether you have a toddler, school-aged child or a teen. I speak fluently three languages (French, Turkish and English) and provide my services in all three. I also have good working knowledge in the Italian language. In my free time, I enjoy reading, visiting museums, gardening, painting, and doing jigsaw puzzles.
My Therapy and Counselling Approach
My main approach to therapy is Cognitive-Behavioural. This is a philosophy that helps clients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviour. It is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders including phobias, addictions, anxiety, and depression.
I also use a variety of different techniques in counselling, trying to find what will work best for you. These techniques are likely to include dialogue, interpretation, cognitive reframing, awareness exercises, self-monitoring experiments, visualization, journal keeping, drawing and reading stories with young clients. If I propose a specific technique that may have special risks attached, I will inform you of that, and discuss with you the risks and benefits of what I am suggesting. I may suggest that you consult with a physical health care provider regarding somatic treatments that could help your problems; I will be glad to discuss with you the pros and cons of various alternatives.
Therapy also has potential emotional risks. Approaching feelings or thoughts that you have tried not to think about for a long time may be painful. Making changes in your beliefs or behaviours can be scary, and sometimes disruptive to the relationships you already have. You may find your relationship with me to be a source of strong feelings, some of them painful at times. It is important that you consider carefully whether these risks are worth the benefits to you of changing. Most people who take these risks find that counselling is helpful.
Common areas that Psychotherapy and Counselling can help if YOU are experiencing one or more of the followings:
- Obsessive-Compulsive behaviours and thoughts
- Panic symptoms
- Difficulty to manage your time and organize
- Low Self-esteem
- Lack of Self-confidence
- Controlling your anger and temper
- Difficulty with sleep
- Talking in front of a group
- Asserting yourself
- Chronic pain
- Fears and phobias
- Fear of getting sick
- Chronic illness such as cancer
- Post-traumatic stress (PTSD) after a Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA)
- Rejection after separation and divorce
- Difficult people (such as your parents, in-laws, boss, friends)
Psychotherapy and Counselling can help if your CHILD or ADOLESCENT is struggling with:
- Oppositional defiant behaviour
- Behavior problems such as lying, stealing, swearing
- Bedwetting (enuresis) and Soiling (encopresis)
- School problems (academic underachievement, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder)
- Bullying and Peer pressure
- Discipline problems (listening to authority, following rules)
- Mood swings, feeling blue or depressed
- Anxiety (separating from parents, going to school, talking to strangers outside family, making friends, difficulty to sleep alone)
- Low Self-confidence, shyness
- Anger (excessive yelling, swearing, crying)
- Aggressive and violent behavior to self, others and objects,
- Lack of Respect to authority
- Power struggle with parents
- Sleep problems
- Eating problems (overeating, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging)
- Sibling conflicts, issues with step-siblings
- Coping with parent’s divorce and separation
- Coping with a parent’s chronic illness
- Coping with a move or a loss
- Coping with death of a loved one and/or a pet
- Witnessing parental fight or domestic violence
- Step-parenting issues
- Multiple home issues
- Blending family issues
- Dealing with pain and medical procedures
- Fear of going to the doctor or dentist
Fear of blood, needles, injection, swallowing pills