Resident in Counseling
Deniz received her first master's degree in Counseling and Mental Health Services from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. She continued her journey at the University of Pennsylvania as a Professional Counseling student and graduated with a second master's degree.
Deniz describes herself as a "helper" who serves individuals in order to help them enhance their mental and emotional well-being. She started this area as an emotional support clinician in an oncology clinic where she served cancer patients and their families.
During her graduate studies in U.S., she worked with underserved communities. Her practicum placement was Intercultural Family Services which is a non-profit human service. She served for the needs of children and families in the Greater Philadelphia area. Her internship placement was called Joseph J. Peters Institute (JJPI). She worked with sexual and relational trauma survivors. She also co-facilitates the Intimate Partner Violence group for women.
Deniz worked with individuals and groups around many different areas including depression, anxiety, trauma and relational problems, adjustment difficulties, life transitions, and others.
Deniz also received Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) training which is an evidence-based treatment model designed to assist children, adolescents, and their families in overcoming the negative effects of a traumatic experience. She worked with children and their families. Deniz uses several interventions to address PTSD symptoms such as psychoeducation and parenting skills, relaxation, narrative therapy, and so forth.
She works from a trauma-informed background to help individuals overcome stressful life events. Deniz utilizes mindfulness exercises, cognitive-behavioral approaches (CBT), empowerment methods, and works from a humanistic framework. Deniz has experiences working with children, teenagers, adults, and families. Deniz also welcomes all LGBTQAI clients, their families, and their loved ones. Deniz also has experiences working with individuals dealing with stressors related to their terminal illnesses, trauma, and grief/bereavement.
She is an LPC-R (Resident in Counseling). Her clinical approach includes, but is not limited to, cognitive-behavioral and feminist strategies. Support and empathy are at the heart of her practice. She thinks it's essential to balance validating the clients, while also challenging, helping them to start making meaning of and understanding themselves. Deniz is very passionate about raising self-awareness and using new insights to support her clients.
Deniz is very dedicated to her job and her clients. She has a positive attitude which is a sign of her dedication. She is an empathetic therapist and a critical thinker. Her approach is collaborative, and she is ready to help and support you while you make your way through your struggles.