Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a dance/movement therapist working with adults, adolescents, and children. I have held academic positions and been engaged in teaching, supervision, research, and writing which have helped me stay up to date about and contribute to the new developments in psychotherapy research and practice.
My work is grounded in psychodynamic theory and is also informed by body-based and experiential methods. I believe in creating a safe and collaborative environment in the therapeutic relationship that can serve as a catalyst for self-understanding and change. Through close listening, I seek to clarify the various relational, emotional, and thought processes that contribute to the current problem.
With children, I integrate methods of play therapy, verbal therapy, art, and dance/movement therapy. I also carry out parent-child psychotherapy and parenting guidance with a focus on fostering healthy attachment and mentalization skills.
I hold a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University, NY, and a Master of Arts degree in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University, MA. I have been in private practice for more than 15 years. In addition to teaching graduate-level clinical psychology courses on psychological assessment, testing, and psychotherapy methods, I carry out research on parenting, embodiment, and psychotherapy.
I am currently an adjunct clinical professor and clinical supervisor for the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at The New School. I am also a candidate at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis. I offer psychotherapy in English and Turkish.
Dance/ movement therapy is a method of expressive therapy that is founded on the principle of body/ mind unity.
It utilizes the expressive and communicative power of body movement to tap into the body’s resources to achieve self-regulation and growth. Our movement style corresponds to various dimensions of our personality and ways of relating to others. Through structured and improvisational dance/movement exercises one can start building connections between how various feelings, thought processes and bodily experiences are related. Engaging one’s expressive and creative capacities in dance/movement therapy allows one to expand their repertoire for different ways of being in the world and with others. It also facilitates the processing of difficult feelings and restores a sense of vitality and agency.