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
I am an experienced Person-centered Counselor 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 substance misuse, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Also for problematic gambling , offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy & Existential Therapy.
Both my professional and academic experience make me interested and suitable for this post. I am a psychologist and a research software engineer. These 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.
I want to continue using my professional and academic interests to further explore brief interventions and harm-reduction and therapeutic treatment for drug and alcohol misusers 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 a Psychologist I specialise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the treatment of choice for anxiety, depression, sex therapy, work related stress, sleeping problems, couples therapy as well as a wide range of issues. CBT is an evidence-based therapy, this means that our therapists are delivering effective treatments that are proven to work quickly and in the long term.
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