Seniha Naşit Gürçağ Uzman Psikolog

Seniha Naşit Gürçağ

Counseling Psychologist

I was born in Cyprus in 1985. I graduated from the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities, Girne American University in 2007. I continued my education in the Counseling Psychology master’s program at the same university. I completed my mandatory internships at the SOS Children’s Village and the Children’s Department of the Institute of Behavioral Sciences (DBE). I wrote my thesis on “The Relationship between Parental Attitudes and Anxiety Levels of Preschool Children”. I graduated with high honors in 2012.

I completed the Child Assessment Package training from the Turkish Psychologists Association. In [year], I participated in the DBE Children and Youth Vocational Training and Internship Program. That same year, I did a one-month voluntary internship at the VKV American Hospital Children’s Department. I completed the first module of Carol and Bryon Norton’s Experiential Play Therapy Training.

I completed the 450-hour European Family Therapy Association (EFTA) approved Systemic Couple and Family Therapy Training Program at the Relationship Psychotherapies Institute. I received Systemic psychotherapy supervision from California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Çiğdem Alper. I completed the Child-Centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy training and supervisions of Expert Psychological Counselor Filiz Çetin and became a Family Enhancement and Play Center certified Child-Centered Play Therapist and Filial Therapist. I completed EMDR Level 1, EMDR Child education, and EMDR working groups with couples, all of which are approved by EMDR Europe, at the Institute of Behavioral Sciences.

I attended Dr. Sue Jennings’ Neuro-Dramatic-Play (NDO) Diploma training as a Drama and Play Therapist-Trainer. As part of the program, I conducted Neuro-Dramatic-Play studies with high-risk children and their families in Brașov. After a one-year supervision process, I became an assistant trainer for Neuro-Dramatic-Play (NDO) approved by the Drama Therapy Institute. I am the first and only NDO expert in Turkey.

I conducted studies and workshops on Integrative Play Therapy with adults, the elderly, couples, and families with Dr. Shlomo Ariel.

Since 2019, I have been providing psychological support to individuals, children, couples, and families at Yaşamca Psychology.

Professional Experience:

  • In 2008, I worked as a school psychologist at Girne American Elementary School.
  • In 2010-2011, I worked as a lecturer at Girne American University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Psychology.
  • Between 2010 and 2012, I provided counseling services to various preschool education institutions.
  • In 2014, I participated in the establishment of the child department of Urla Psychotherapy Center and worked with children and families for one year.
  • Between 2012 and 2019, I worked with individuals, children, couples, and families at the Relationship Psychotherapies Institute.

Projects I was involved in:

  • Between 2012 and 2014, I provided psychological counseling support to low socio-economic families in collaboration with IPE-TOCEV.
  • On November 22, 2015, I participated in the parent-child group study organized by ÇATED, the Family and Alternative Family
  • Committee, for Children’s Rights Day.
  • Between 2015 and 2016, I worked with underprivileged children in the IPE-KORUNCUK project for one year.

Workshops and Groups Offered

  • Neuro-Dramatic-Play Groups
  • Parent-Child Interaction Groups
  • Children’s Rights Workshops
  • Supervision Groups (for professionals)
  • Case Study Groups (for professionals)

Training and Seminars

  • Family Play Therapy
  • Playing with Children Aged 0-6
  • Creative Storytelling in Working with Children
  • Protection from Abuse and Privacy Education

Articles and Research

  • Naşit-Gürçağ Seniha. The Cypriot Story. Routledge International Handbook of Therapeutic Stories and Storytelling. Clive Holmwood, Sue Jennings, Sharon Jacksties (ed.) (London: Routledge, 2022)
  • Kılıçer B., Naşit-Gürçağ S., Civan A., Akyıl Y. Prouty A.M. (2020). Feminist Family Therapy in Turkey: Experiences of Couple and Family Therapist. Taylor & Francis 2(33). Pp: 105-130
  • Naşit-Gürçağ, S. (August 2020). Family Play Therapy. Oral presentation. 1st International Baby, Child and Adolescent Psychology Congress.
  • Naşit-Gürçağ S. (November 2019). Different Approaches in Family Therapy: 1 Case, 3 Shares “Family Play Therapy”. Oral presentation. ÇATED Migration, Identity and Family Symposium. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Sue Jennings, Neuro-Dramatic-Play and Secure Attachment. Translated by: Seniha Naşit Gürçağ & Özge Somersan. Editor: Dr. Nilgün Türkcan. (Istanbul: Günçe Publishing, 2019).
  • Akçınar B., Kalkanlı G., Naşit S., Şulam-Iraz S., Akyıl Y. (2018). Kızılay Bağcılar Community Center Study with Syrian Immigrant Families Mother-Child Group. Turkey Traumatic Stress Congress. Poster presentation.
  • Baydemir N.S., Alper Ç., Toksoy Ç., Naşit-Gürçağ S., Kürkçüoğlu T. (2013) Family Therapy as Marriage Ends. Turkey Psychiatry Publications Work Units Series, Women’s Life and Women’s Mental Health Book pp:465.
+90 (532) 699 33 33

Treatment Modality

Children, Couples, Individuals, and Families

Treatment Approach

Systemic Couple and Family Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, EMDR (Individual-Couple-Child), Filial Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Neuro-Dramatic-Play, Family Play Therapy


Turkish, English

+90 (532) 699 33 33

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