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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 his of her place in the world.

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 , , 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 @07, suicidal thoughts, , 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. 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. Coralie Paksoy Burkert 3

Coralie Paksoy Burkert

Child and Adolescent Psychologist, MSc, Psychotherapist, FOPH/BAG

About me:
I was born and raised in Switzerland and moved to Istanbul in February 2018. I provide therapy to children, adolescents and young adults. I also offer family therapy, and individual guidance sessions for parents and primary caregivers. I work both in English and German.

With their intrinsic drive for growth and development, I believe children carry their own secret ingredient to successful therapy. My job as a therapist is to help them discover these inner resources. Because children do not usually express problems verbally, as adults do, I use Play Therapy and another technique called Ego-State Therapy during sessions. These therapies allow children to express emotional difficulties and inner conflicts in a way that is natural to them, in a safe, supportive place. Together, we work on acquiring new coping strategies, and experiment with alternative ways of thinking, feeling, and acting with others.

Child Therapy can help with a range of problems. These include: toilet training issues, insomnia, anxiety, ADHD (and its attendant social-emotional problems), sibling and peer conflict, aggressive behaviour, trauma, and low self-esteem.

Parents obviously play a crucial role in supporting their child's social and emotional development. This is why, together with family therapy, I also offer individual guidance sessions to parents who feel they would benefit. Here we address the concerns and difficulties that may arise within the family related to the child’s behaviour. We reflect on solutions and the best way of supporting their child.

I provide further help to adolescents and young adults going through difficult life events, dealing with stress that may be related to school, peers, family, conflicts with parents, emotional problems, self-esteem problems, fear, depression and trauma.

Background and Training
I completed my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Zurich (UZH), spending part of my studies at Marshall University in the United States.

I worked for four years in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services department of Spitaeler Schaffhausen, where I assessed and treated young people with a broad spectrum of psychological problems. After finishing my postgraduate Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy training at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), I graduated as a Psychotherapist, accredited by the Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland (FOPH). I later trained in Trauma Therapy (EMDR) with Children and Adolescents at Traumaforum Berlin.

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