Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and
Marital Therapy Centre

Melike Kayhan

Melike Kayhan


Melike KAYHAN, Psychoanalyst (CP-UK), Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (UKCP, PA), MSc. (Couples Therapy, Psychosexual Therapy, Counselling and Family Therapy)

I am a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist who works with couples (couples counselling / couples therapy) and individuals in both Turkish and English. I obtained all my psychotherapy and psychoanalysis trainings in Britain. I am a member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College in Britain.

Background and training:

I was raised in Istanbul, and moved to England in 1992, where I lived and worked in Oxford and London for 20 years. I returned to Istanbul in January 2013, and started working at the Marital Therapy Institute as a Couple and Family Therapist, before setting up the Face to Face Therapia centre at Levent in Istanbul. Although I am influenced by phenomenological and philosophical thinking, my practice is largely based on psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.


I trained in Psychoanalysis/Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with the Philadelphia Association (www.philadelphia-association.org.uk) in Hampstead, London. The Philadelphia Association was founded by R. D. Laing and his colleagues in the 1960s. R. D. Laing became well known for his lectures and books, which questioned the medical understanding and treatment of mental health and psychosis in society and the world of psychiatry. The Philadelphia Association continues to teach and practice in this tradition. 

I obtained a master's degree in Gender, Culture and Politics at Birkbeck College, London University. My dissertation included a field study of a group of men from an ethnic community. Drawing on psychoanalysis, it explored the ways in which masculinity is constructed in our society.  

Approach

My role as a therapist is to help my clients better understand themselves and their unconscious emotional conflicts. In therapy we gain self-knowledge and self-awareness; for me, psychotherapy is a way to free people from destructive patterns of behaviour rooted in the past. These were formed when they were the best available response to emotionally or physically damaging situations. But in later years (usually adulthood), these early patterns of behaviour can become liabilities, restricting our psychological growth, freedom and ability to find emotionally satisfying relationships. My work involves helping people to separate their deep-rooted desires from these constraints, and in doing so, enabling them to live more creative and authentic lives. We spend so much of our time worrying about what other people think of us, and this stops us from pursuing what really matters to us. Psychotherapy can help us find a different and more satisfying way of approaching life. It's a process that enables us to be true to ourselves and to stop trying to please others.

I work with both adults and adolescents and have a special interest in relationships and issues around sexuality. In my work with couples, I have observed that partners can accept and love each other more fully and resolve conflicts more easily when they come to understand themselves and each other better. I have extensive clinical experience which includes working with people who suffer from anxiety, depression, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive behaviour and schizophrenia. I also use EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) in the treatment of trauma

I give supervision in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy to psychotherapy students.


Clinical Qualifications in Psychoanalysis:

• College of Psychoanalysts-UK (CP-UK) Registered Member Psychoanalyst.
• UKCP Accredited Training Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - Philadelphia Association (PA) London (UK).

I am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Psychoanalysis.
I abide by the Code of Professional Conduct of the Philadelphia Association (PA) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Memberships:

• Member of Philadelphia Association (PA),
• Member of United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP),
• Member of Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College,
• Member of College of Psychoanalysts-UK (CP-UK).