I am a German Board Certified Child & Youth Psychotherapist and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have received my degree in Child & Youth Psychotherapy from the well-established institute of Akip (University Hospital Cologne). Before moving to Aberdeen during Summer 2018, I worked as a Psychotherapist in the German Neuroscience Center Dubai. My focus has been on prevention programs utilizing cognitive-behavioural, interpersonal and family-based strategies.
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I received a degree in Social Education from the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund/Germany. There I worked within the framework of an integrated approach as a socio-educational counsellor, where the focus was to empower parents and children to fulfil their own goals in life.
I was born in Dortmund and am married with 3 children, aged 23, 15 and 10. Before moving to Aberdeen in August 2018, I lived in Dubai for 6 years. My passion and life challenge has been to balance family life with work and to support children throughout different stages of development. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, which I attended while living in Germany, helped me significantly to ‘focus on the present’ and to increase a ‘non-judgmental awareness’. I am fluent in English, German and Turkish.
My professional experience includes dealing with
- ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Anxiety Disorders (Bullying victims, Performance/ Social and Specific Anxieties, Panic attacks)
- Depressive Disorders
- Other behavioural and emotional Disorders (such as adjustment, conduct, oppositional behaviour)
- Somatization disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorders (OCD)
- Eating Disorders
Furthermore, I completed the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Provider Training Course, which is designed to prevent – as well as treat – behavioural and emotional problems in children and teenagers. It aims to prevent problems in the family, school, and community before they arise and to create family environments that encourage children to realize their potential. I have been working with parents for many years on difficult issues at home and have facilitated parenting classes in a variety of settings.
My professional experience includes working in the Social Services Department (Germany). The main focus of my work was marriage and educational counselling, vocational guidance and special tuition for children with learning difficulties. The study of Psychotherapy enabled me to gain a deeper understanding of psychological disorders and different therapeutic approaches. The main focus of my study was cognitive behavioural psychotherapy (CBT). It is the most widely used evidence-based psychosocial intervention practice for improving mental health. CBT focuses on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful patterns in cognition (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes), behaviours, and emotional regulation. However, I am convinced that a variety of therapeutic methods such as Systemic Family Therapy, Shema Therapy (J.Young), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (M.Linehan) and Mindfulness can only improve the effectiveness of the therapy. I have worked in a Psychiatric day clinic in Gelsenkirchen (Germany) and treated many clients in the University Hospital, where the focus was on ADHD, Dissocial Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Mutism, Autism, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Whilst at ‘Autismus Therapie Zentrum (ATZ) Köln’ (Autism Center Cologne) I have worked with autistic children using different types of intervention and training programs, such as ABA and PECS. I enjoyed working in a professional team of therapists and also working closely with parents, who were involved in the development of their children.
How do I work with children and adolescents?
- in-depth case history
- thorough psychological examination
- treatment planning with parents and their children
- strong relationship
In my experience, psychoeducation is one of the main focuses in psychotherapy and more often a process. It involves providing information to the youth and their family about their mental health issues and evidence-based treatments. The goal is to help them to develop a better understanding of the behaviour, which causes problems. I believe that a shared treatment plan with the parents, especially regarding the reinforcement of positive behaviour, is one of the key aspects of an effective therapy.
I use games (toys, drawings, board games, role play etc.) as an important and engaging way to build the therapeutic relationship while assessing a child’s strengths, as well as areas where there is room for development. Games can provide insight into a child’s functioning in multiple areas, and adding a therapeutic twist can make games highly adaptable to many clinical issues (ex. social skills, impulse control, traits etc.). Through a combination of talk and play, I give the children the opportunity to gain a better understanding and manage their conflicts, feelings, and behaviour. My main focus has always been to examine the potential within the clients to help them use their resources as effectively as possible. Some children, for example, love to visualize and demonstrate their strengths on a poster.