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Çiğdem Alper

Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor

Çiğdem Alper is a Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist (LMFT 83379) in California. Her theoretical orientation is Systemic Couple and Family Therapy.

She completed her Diploma in Psychology from London Metropolitan University in 2003. She worked at the Northover Community Mental Health Center affiliated with NHS for two years. She also served in the Hearing Voices Project at the Deptford Centre and worked in weekly therapeutic support groups.

In 2006, she completed her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (Integral Counseling Psychology). The same year, she started working at the Haight Ashbury Psychological Center with a team that integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, and Systemic Approaches. During this time, she gained experience in individual and couples therapy.

In 2007, she started working at the Center for Healthy Development. She gained experience working with children and families, particularly on the effects of severe divorce, by collaborating with the Family Court. In addition to providing counseling services to individuals, couples, and families, she also managed “Highly Conflictual Parents” and “Parenting Without Violence” groups.

In 2008, she received Short-Term Therapy training at the Palo Alto Mental Research Institute and provided counseling services to young people and families at East Palo Alto High School.

In 2009, she returned to Turkey and started working at the Institute of Relationship Psychotherapies. In 2014, she founded the Urla Psychotherapy Center. After four years, she founded the Yasamca Family Counseling Center in 2019 with her growing team to provide services in broader areas.

Schools Attended:

California Institute of Integral Studies, Counseling Psychology, Master’s Degree 2004-2007
London Metropolitan University, Psychology, Diploma 2001-2003

Professional Memberships:

AAMFT (membership ID#: 203616)
IFTA (International Family Therapy Association)
EFTA (European Family Therapy Association), EFTA-CIM member
Founding member of the Couple and Family Therapies Association (CATED)

Workshops and Groups Offered

Workshops and Groups Offered:

Support Group for Caregivers of Elderly Parents: Sharing Difficulties, Creating Awareness, and Providing Support.
DBT Skills for Everyone: Stress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, Interpersonal Relationships, Mindfulness.


Training and Seminars

For Professionals:
Basics in Systemic Approach
Basic Concepts of Family Therapy
Systemic Couple and Family Supervision (individual and group supervision)


Articles and Research

Articles and Research:

A Model of a Systemic Therapy Clinic
in Handbook of Systemic Approaches to Psychotherapy Manuals Integrating Research, Practice, and Training · Feb 21, 2022; Pages 159-176

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Couple and Family Relationships

  • Skill Development: Problem-solving, active listening, boundary setting, flexibility, empathy, respect, compromise, conflict management, anger management, and emotion regulation.
  • Managing important life processes: Marriage, separation from the family of origin, second marriages, family integration, divorce, infidelity, loss, and grief.
  • Navigating cultural differences in relationships: Inter-cultural marriages and adaptation.
  • Systemic Approach: I help individuals and families develop a broader perspective on their situation and work towards positive solutions.

Treatment Modality

Couples, Families, Individuals

Treatment Approach

Systemic Couple and Family Therapy


Turkish, English

+90 (532) 699 33 33

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