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Clinical Psychologist
Darina Çüçülayef

Darina Çüçülayef, born and raised in Istanbul, completed her high school education at Sankt Georg Austrian High School. In 2014, she graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Photography and Video. In 2016, she completed her Master's program in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Couples and Family Therapy at the same university, graduating with a thesis titled "The Relationship Between the Disowned Aspects of Self and Relationship Satisfaction: A Discussion from the Perspective of Shadow Archetype."


She has been coordinating Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) trainings from 2015 to 2021, which she completed in 2017. In 2019, she co-founded the Association of Individual, Couple, and Family Therapies (DOÇAT) and serves as the vice president. She also works as a clinical supervisor in the Clinical Psychology Master's Program at Bilgi University.


Recognizing the importance of somatic practices into psychotherapy, she has received over 500 hours of Yoga Alliance-approved yoga training and is currently undergoing training in Somatic Experiencing International (SEI) for somatic experiencing.


In her individual adult psychotherapy practice, she follows a psychodynamic approach within the framework of attachment theory. She also applies somatic interventions. In couples therapy, she works within the emotionally focused therapy approach and frequently utilizes somatic interventions. She provides services in both Turkish and English, both online and in-person.

Darina Çüçülayef
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