I am a member of British Psychology Society (BPS) and The Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professions (FDAP). I had an BA honours from University of Istanbul, Psychology Department. Had my Psychology Formation Trainee in Galatasaray High School to teaching practice for student. I have completed MSc Courses in Addiction Studies -Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) King's College London. On June 2014, towards my Masters degree I had my clinical replacement at the Beresford Project Alcohol service, in Greenwich
Since 2015 I have been working with Redcard Gambling Support as a Gambling Addiction Therapist also voluntarily help Hackney Council on Stoptober Campaign.(Stoptober is a 28 day long event run each October during which participants are encouraged to stop smoking. Public Health England created the annual campaign and continues to fund it.) Since 19th July 2016 continuing working on my private clinic Muswell Hill North London Therapy.
I am an experienced Person-centered Psychologist and Couples Psychotherapist offering counselling to individuals, couples and young people. I work both shorter or longer-term depending on the needs of the individual or couples who seek therapy. I have been using latest evidence based medical research with psycho-therapeutic interventions for the treatment of mental illness which includes problematic gambling, substance misuse, schizophreni, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, sex therapy, work related stress, sleeping problems and couples therapy.. Also offering (CBT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy & Existential Therapy.
I want to continue using my professional and academic interests to further explore brief interventions and harm-reduction and therapeutic treatment for problematic gambling and substance misuser through mobile apps or e-health programmes and further promote the use of mobile phone apps in addictions and health research. The present opportunity to be involved in the development of e-health programmes relevant to the Patient and Carer Participation theme, within the Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health (BRC-MH) will help meet these aims.
As an addiction specialist psychologist and a research software engineer, two sides of my professional background came together for the thesis I completed as part of my MSc in Addiction Studies that I undertook in 2013- 2014 at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) King's College London. In the thesis I developed a mobile-based iPhone app called The Alcohol Intoxication Monitor (AIM). The AIM app uses smartphone technology with an integrated application for ecological momentary assessment (EMA) in a natural environment. The app is designed to incorporate the recording of alcohol consumption, BAC Level (blood alcohol concentration), coordinated Geographic Information System (GIS) to place drinking in location, time and recurrence and includes measures of subjective intoxication and mood state with a short version Profile of Mood States (POMS). The app generated interest when I gave a presentation at the Emerging Methods in Addiction Research Conference in June 2015.
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