Dr. Etel Behmuaras - Clinical Psychologist working with children & families
My journey as a Clinical Psychologist started with a dream. I am an idealist who wished to become a Psychologist since I was 12 years old. As an adolescent continuing this passion, I always created strong bonds with children. Being available for others, providing support, creating even a small difference in someone else’s life has always made me tremendously happy.
Even though I have been qualified to work with individuals of all ages, my area of expertise has been in working with children of 0–12 years old and consulting their parents from a systemic point of view using eclectic interventions. The majority of the areas I support families are on emotional issues such as:
- Anxieties, phobias & obsessive – compulsive behaviors
- Eating and sleeping difficulties
- Toilet training and soiling
- Terrible two's & establishing boundaries,
- Difficulties with social relationships, friendship building and coping with bullying,
- Anger management,
- Family relationships,
- Behavioral problems
- Parenting skills
Training, qualifications & experience
After I completed my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Boğaziçi University, I continued my studies in Clinical Psychology in the US and completed my doctorate degree at Chicago School of Professional Psychology, which is an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited degree. My dissertation was about the effects of divorce on children.
In April 2005, I started my private practice in Istanbul, Turkey. Since January 2018, I have also established a private practice in London where I am registered with Health Care & Professional Council (HCPC) and work with diverse cultures and variety of emotional issues.
During all these years, I have completed several accredited programs and have continued to develop my practice in various areas of child psychology, play therapy and family therapy:
- The Fundemental Level of Satir Model Based Family Therapy which is accredited by Satir Institute of the Pacific, Canada as well as by the European Family Therapy Association,
- The Fundemental Level of Theraplay, which is a play therapy model,
- Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT),
- Seminars about the Emotional and Developmental Issues of children.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
How I work with families:
Once a family contacts me, during the first session I meet with parents alone as part of a clinical interview to discuss the nature of their child’s difficulties, its progress, how they have dealt with it, their expectations as well as relevant background information.
Following the initial session with the parents, I meet with the child and use different assessment tools to get to know the child cognitively, socially and emotionally. Following this process, I give feedback to the parents about my observations, and the results of the assessments.
As I start the therapeutic process with the families, my main goal is to:
- Support parents to prevent the further development of their problems,
- Understand the child and finding the hidden message that they are trying to give us,
- Help them find solutions to their existing difficulties.
I work collaboratively with parents and the child to agree upon goals and to establish an intervention plan. Parenting work is a crucial part of my practice. By focusing on parenting work which supports parents to better understand and manage their child’s behavior, my aim is to strengthen the parenting role and to help parents implement changes that benefit the whole family by using the above mentioned psychological tools.
I am available for families to reach me within 24 hours if they have any questions or emergencies about any issue that they would like to discuss.
I conduct assessments and therapy both in English and in Turkish.
I always feel grateful and touched by my families' stories and thank them for sharing their journeys with me since it has been a great learning experience.
I also appreciate each and every child together with all the parents who have supported me to become who I am today. It is through them that I have realized my dreams. They have inspired me greatly and continue to give me tremendous joy and the honour of making a difference in this world.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client