ABOUT DR. B. Education I received my B.A. degree in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. I continued my education at Pepperdine University where I completed my M.A. degree in Psychology. I then went on to pursue my Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), Los Angeles. I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of California (PSY26351). I am also certified in SMART Recovery: a self-empowering addiction recovery support group and an alternative to 12 step groups. As part of my continuing education, I have completed workshops on topics such as DBT, Gottman's approach to couple's relationship, suicide and self-destructive behaviors, and CBT techniques to help treat Anxiety Disorders.
Clinical Experience I have had the privilege of working with clients in variety of settings with dual diagnosis. I have extensive experience providing individual, family and group therapy to adults with mental illness (e.g. Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Depression) and addiction. For the past five years, I worked with clients at a non 12 -step drug and alcohol treatment center at an inpatient/residential and out patient level. As part of my pre-doctoral internship, I obtained training experience at an acute-inpatient psychiatric unit treating adolescents and adults with diverse backgrounds and variety of diagnostic symptoms including self-harm behaviors, mood and anxiety disorders. For my doctoral thesis, I conducted a literature review on The Social Experiences of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, which was later published at the Los Angeles Psychologist March-April 2012 Edition.
My Approach to Therapy My treatment approach is evidenced-based and individualized, including cognitive-behavioral techniques (i.e. CBT and DBT) and family systems. I work on guiding my clients to modify maladaptive thinking, behavioral patterns and to develop well-established coping skills. Foundation of our therapeutic journey will include exploring all aspects of oneself and revisiting past experiences so as to build long-lasting self-acceptance and self-compassion. When working on goals, I like to find ways to apply new ideas into everyday situations in order to create more meaningful and sustained change, to enhance growth and to empower the individual. My work uses multicultural approach that focuses on the effects of one’s ethnic background on interpersonal interaction and patterns of behavior and development. I was born and raised in Turkey and therefore understands the effects of biculturalism and acculturation. I speak Turkish fluently and can conduct therapy in this language.
Professional Activities and Memberships I am a member of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA).
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