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About Zeynep

Turkish & English speaking
about Zeynep

Turkish & English speaking Clinical Psychologist

My name is Zeynep, I was born and raised in Turkey where I studied for my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Later on, I found myself away from home and being an expat studying for a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in the Netherlands. Afterward I worked with autistic children and their families for 2.5 years. I had the possibility to see and understand a completely different way to perceive and comprehend the world with them, something that will accompany me for the rest of my life. Later on, I saw myself drawn into a very different line of work. I continued my training and path in the nongovernmental organization of Doctors of the World. Here I was able to provide therapy services to Syrian refugees, where I grew immensely as a professional and as a person. I had the opportunity to learn how to help others deal with their past and present trauma. I believe that working in difficult areas such as autism and refugees has helped me gain an arrange of skills to be a better professional. Being able to help improve someone’s life in a significant way, is a great reward from my job, and it helps me strive to be the best psychologist I can be. At the same time, the fact that I lived in three very different countries and experienced several cultures made me more inclusive and open-minded.

I continued my training and path in the non governmental organisation of Doctors of the World. Here I was able to provide therapy services to Syrian refugees, where I grew immensely as a professional and as a person.

I have lived in societies where the prejudice and stigma against mental health and therapy were very present. This has motivated my desire to do my job in the best way possible so that I can break prejudice and help people accomplish their goals. I haven’t met anyone who wouldn’t benefit from the help of a professional therapist. Therapy contributes to changing our perceptions to understand and face our challenges in a better light. In my opinion, something that provides us with a variety of perspectives should have a permanent place in our lives, although we don’t usually reach out for help until our condition worsens, therapy can be a place to grow as the person that you want to be. With this mindset, I want to do my best and reach as many people as possible. I believe that being able to offer English and Turkish therapy on an international platform will bring me one step closer to my dreams.

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Ben Zeynep, Türkiye’de doğdum ve büyüdüm. Psikoloji lisansımı Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti’nde tamamladıktan sonra, Hollanda’da Klinik Psikoloji yüksek lisansımı yaptım. İki buçuk yıl boyunca otizmli çocuklar ve aileleri ile çalıştım. Daha sonra ise Suriyeli mültecilere terapi hizmeti sunan bir sivil toplum kuruluşunda yer aldım. Otizm ve mültecilik gibi zorlu alanlarda çalışmanın bana ve mesleğime çok şey kattığına inanıyorum. Ayrıca üç farklı ülkede yaşamış olmanın da beni daha açık görüşlü ve kapsayıcı biri haline getirdiğini düşünüyorum. Yaşadığım bazı toplumlarda psikolojiye ve terapiye karşı önyargılar gözlemledim. Bu önyargıyı olumlu anlamda kullandım ve bu beni işimi daha iyi yapma ve daha çok insana ulaşma konusunda motive etti.

Benim düşüncelerime göre terapinin kişisi, zamanı, olayı yok. Durumumuz kötüleştiği zaman anca aklımıza gelen psikolojik yardım, aslında hayatımızda daha çok yere sahip olmalı. Bize farklı bakış açıları sağlayan, farklı kapılar açmamıza yardımcı olan böyle bir aracı daha çok kullanmalıyız. Bu düşünceyle çıktığım yolda, böylesine uluslararası bir platformda hem kendi dilim olan Türkçe’de, hem de çok iyi hakim olduğum İngilizce’de hizmet sunabilmek, beni hayallerime bir adım daha yaklaştırıyor.