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Psychotherapy & Couples counselling in Istanbul

Our team. Melike-Kayhan

Melike Kayhan

Melike KAYHAN, Psychoanalyst (CP-UK), Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (UKCP, PA), Couples Therapist, Psychosexual Therapist, Counselling and family therapist (MSc), EMDR practitioner

About me:
I was born and raised in Istanbul. I moved to Britain in 1992 and was based there for the next 20 years. I completed all my psychoanalytic training in London, and practised as a therapist in Hampstead for many years.

I set up Face to Face Therapia after returning to Istanbul in 2013. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is not easily accessible in Istanbul, and I wanted to create a welcoming centre offering this valuable form of psychotherapy. Prior to this I worked as a Couples and Family Therapist at Istanbul's Marital Therapy institute.

I have a special interest in relationship difficulties and issues concerning sex and sexuality. I also have extensive experience helping adults and teenagers suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and schizophrenia. In addition, I am qualified in EMDR, a groundbreaking technique used to treat trauma and other anxiety-related conditions.

For me, psychotherapy is a way of freeing us from self-destructive patterns of thought and behaviour. These behaviours would have been adopted in response to situations that were physically or emotionally threatening, and are usually formed in childhood. Unfortunately, if we carry them into later life, they can hamper our growth, our creativity, and our capacity to form emotionally fulfilling relationships.

As a therapist I help people become aware of these behaviours, and to understand that they no longer need to be shackled by them. When we understand what's harming us, and why, we're no longer 'stuck'. We become free to change, and to pursue the things that make us truly happy.


I completed my training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at the Philadelphia Association (www.philadelphia-association.org.uk) in Hampstead, London. Founded by R.D. Laing and others in the 1960s, the association questioned orthodox views on the causes and treatment of mental illness. The Philadelphia Association continues to teach and work in this tradition.

Qualifications & Memberships include:
College of Psychoanalysts-UK (CP-UK), Registered Psychoanalyst
UKCP accredited training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Philadelphia Association
Member of Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College
Member of United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

For more information, or to make an appointment with Melike, please get in touch.

Our team. Vincent two

Vincent Sienkiewicz

Vincent Sienkiewicz, Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist

About me:

I specialise in existential-humanistic psychotherapy. This form of therapy places the individual, and his or her needs, at the centre of the therapeutic process.

My role as a counsellor is to help my clients gain a greater understanding of who they are, and the person they truly want to be. Existential-humanistic psychotherapy is collaborative, and many insights are gained through the therapeutic relationship itself. Using the client's goals as a guide, we explore emotional issues in the context of the human condition, and the individual's sense of him or herself in the universe.

Background and training:

I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology, and have worked with adults, adolescents and children suffering from problems including: depression , anxiety, panic attacks, substance abuse, relationship difficulties, and issues triggered by new life circumstances.

For more information, or to make an appointment with Vincent, please get in touch.

Our team. Ilke pic

İlke Kadioğlu Sienkiewicz

Dr. İlke Kadioğlu SIENKIEWICZ, Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Couples Therapist, Group therapist

About me:

I offer individual therapy, couples therapy and group therapy. In addition to my clinical practice, I am an Assistant Professor on İstanbul 29 Mayıs University's psychology programme.

During the course of my career I have worked with children diagnosed with cancer, and their parents, in both individual and group psychotherapy settings. I also have extensive experience working with ethnically diverse, low-income individuals presenting with a variety of mental health conditions including trauma, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, mood disorders, and psychosis.

Background and Training:

I graduated from İstanbul Bilgi University’s psychology department in 2006. I later moved to the United States where I completed graduate school at the APA accredited American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University. After obtaining my master’s degree in clinical psychology, I began a doctoral degree in the same program. In 2012 I was awarded a doctorate in clinical psychology. I earned a license to practice clinical psychology in the state of California in 2014.

For more information, or to make an appointment with İlke, please get in touch.

Our team. Ece-Ucar-Seren

Ece Ucar Seren

Ece UCAR SEREN, Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Child and adolescent therapist

About me:
I specialise in working with children and teenagers, and can help with problems including exam anxiety, anger management, stress management, behavioural problems, addiction and family conflict.

I treat many anxiety-related conditions. These include generalised anxiety, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and phobias. I also work with young people suffering from depression.

Everyone's needs are different, so I'm always flexible in my approach. I often draw on a combination of psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectic behavioural therapy (DBT) in my work. Young children won't always be able to put their difficulties into words, so my work with them usually involves play therapy, art therapy and other expressionist techniques. Once I've identified the issues they're struggling with, I can help with behaviour, cognition and self-expression.

Background and training:

I graduated from Bogazici University's Guidance and Psychological Counselling programme with a high honours degree. As part of my degree, I conducted research on a special class of brain cells called mirror neurons, which have been linked to our capacity for empathy. I continued my education at Dogus University, where I gained a Masters in Clinical Psychology and was ranked first among the Institute of Social Sciences' graduates.

In addition to my practice at Face to Face Therapia, I work as a school counsellor, offering one to one and group therapy to children and adolescents. I also write on psychology for various newspapers and scientific publications.

For more information, or to make an appointment with Ece, please get in touch.

Our team. Ozen-Bagbaslioglu

Özen Bagabaslioglu

Özen BAGBASLIOGLU, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Post-graduate student in Clinical Psychology

About me:

I offer low-cost psychoanalytic therapy to adults suffering from depression, anxiety, and many other forms of mental distress. My goal is to help clients become more aware of their inner life, and the unconscious struggles that may be causing or adding to their difficulties.

Emotional distress is often grounded in past events and experiences. Looking back at these experiences, and understanding the ways in which they've affected us, can be very freeing. Very often it also causes a shift in perspective, giving people the confidence to make changes and move forward with their lives. As a therapist I feel privileged to be able to help people reach this point.

Background and training:

I have an honours degree in Psychology from Boğaziçi University. After graduating, I began working with children with special needs, and their families, at a private rehabilitation centre.

I am currently completing a Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Bahçeşehir University. I also work in the psychiatry department at Yedikule Surp Pırgiç Armenian Hospital, where I offer psychodynamic psychotherapy to adults.

For more information, or to make an appointment with Özen, please get in touch.

Our team. Dr-Bruce-Scott

Bruce Scott

Bruce SCOTT, Psychoanalyst (CP-UK), Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (UKCP, PA), Couples Therapist

About me:

I offer online therapy from my practice in Scotland. E-therapy sessions can be conducted via telephone, Skype or FaceTime.

For me, psychoanalytic therapy is an open-ended conversation with no agenda and no time limit. I'm critical of commonly held assumptions about mental distress, and wary of the use of psychiatric terminology when describing psychological difficulties. In my view, these sorts of ideas close down other ways of seeing human suffering, and dealing with life.

Although I wouldn't choose to use these labels myself, I'm experienced in working with people suffering from anxiety, depression, addiction, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia. I also help individuals struggling with low self-confidence, motivation issues, academic difficulties, and people in the sporting world.


I studied Psychology at Stirling University as an undergraduate. I then gained a PHD in Psychology at Southampton University, and went on to train as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at the Philadelphia Association in Hampstead, London.

Qualifications & Memberships include:
College of Psychoanalysts-UK (CP-UK), Registered Psychoanalyst
UKCP accredited training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Philadelphia Association
Member of the Board of Governors of College of Psychoanalysts
Member of the Free Psychotherapy Network (www.freepsychotherapynetwork.com)

To make an appointment with Bruce, please get in touch . You can find out more about his work at www.brucescott.org.uk

Our team. Portrait Pinar

Pınar Yörük

Pınar Yörük, Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, CBT Practitioner

About me:

I am a clinical psychologist specialising in the treatment of depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic attacks, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, phobias, trauma, performance anxiety, and chronic procrastination.

As a part-time lecturer, I also supervise Okan University’s Clinical Psychology undergraduate and masters students in the department of Clinical Health and Trauma.

Background and training:

I graduated in Psychology from Boğaziçi University in 1996, and gained a degree in Clinical Psychology from Okan University in 2013. My graduation dissertation, a “Literature View of the Metacognitive Model of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder", was published in the Current Approaches section of Psychiatry Journal in 2015. I am currently studying for my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Okan University and have been a member of a CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) consultation group since September 2015.

For more information, or to make an appointment with Pınar, please get in touch

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