Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and
Marital Therapy Centre

Coralie Paksoy Burkert

Coralie Paksoy Burkert

Coralie Paksoy Burkert
Child and Adolescent Psychologist, MSc
Psychotherapist (accredited by Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland, FOPH / BAG)

I was born and raised in Switzerland and moved to Istanbul in February 2018. I provide therapy to children, adolescents and young adults, guidance to their parents / primary caregivers, as well as family therapy, both in English and German.

While doing my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology I spent part of my studies at Marshall University in the United States. After returning to Switzerland I successfully completed my master’s studies and graduated as Clinical Psychologist (Master of Science, MSc) from the University of Zurich (UZH). 

I worked for 4 years at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services of Spitaeler Schaffhausen in the assessment and treatment of a broad spectrum of psychological problems. Having concluded my postgraduate Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), I graduated as Psychotherapist, accredited by the Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland (FOPH). I also completed training in Trauma Therapy with Children and Adolescents (EMDR) at Traumaforum Berlin.

The foundation of my integrative approach is formed around these pillars:

Fruitful collaboration
With their intrinsic drive for growth and development children carry their own secret ingredient to successful therapy. Parents know their child and its unique ways better and for longer than anyone else. As a psychotherapist I provide guidance towards healthy social-emotional development. Together we make an excellent team.

Solution-focused and resource-oriented
I place special value on the strengths and resources of each child and each individual within the family. If we have encountered stony paths in our lives, regaining access to our resources is the key to our resilient self. By making use of these individual strengths and resources we promote the exploration of solutions and new strategies. 

Goal-oriented therapy process
Psychotherapy usually consists of different phases. Besides exploring the reason for seeking help, we will also clarify the individual needs and specific goals of treatment. What follows is a phase of getting to know each other, including an assessment of the therapy indicated. Throughout therapy the specific goals will be continually evaluated. Their achievement can mark the end of the therapy or a shift of the therapeutic focus.

Safe, protected space
Guided by these pillars, I understand psychotherapy to be a common journey in a safe, protected space. This protected space facilitates identifying dysfunctional coping patterns and exploring individual solutions in order to work towards an improvement of the psychosocial well-being of the child / the adolescent and the family.

Parents / primary caregivers
Parents as main attachment figures play a crucial role in supporting their child and its further social-emotional development. Equally important in addition to therapy, I offer support to parents with parent sessions. There we address the concerns and difficulties that may arise within the family related to the child’s behavior. We reflect on solutions in dealing with the child’s difficulties and how to support healthy social-emotional development.

Adolescents and young adults
I further offer support to adolescents and young adults going through difficult periods in life, dealing with stress that may be related to school, peers, family, conflicts with parents, emotional problems, self-esteem problems, fears, depression and trauma. 

I also offer therapy to children. Each child is unique, as is their inner emotional world and the way they relate to their surroundings. If a child is struggling emotionally, coping with a stressful situation or dealing with developmental challenges, it usually has its unique ways of expressing and communicating these difficulties to its surroundings. 

Common psychological problems that we frequently encounter in children are emotional regulation problems, sleep problems, eating problems, toilet training problems, anxiety (social anxiety, school anxiety, fears, separation anxiety), obsessive behavior, depression, oppositional behavior, conflicts with siblings, peer conflicts and rejection, aggressive behavior, trauma, self-esteem problems, ADHD and its secondary social-emotional problems.

As a Child Psychologist I support the child to overcome and deal with these social-emotional problems and dysfunctional strategies by facilitating the expression of inner conflicts and subconscious patterns. We work on finding and acquiring new strategies and experiment with alternative solutions of thinking, feeling and enacting with others. 

Children do not explain themselves verbally as adults do in therapy, they rather use the symbolic language in play. Play Therapy and Ego-State Therapy is a way for the child to express emotional difficulties and inner conflicts, since it provides a safe space with the therapist being by their side. By expressing and externalizing their inner emotional world within play, children create a safe psychological distance in order to resolve these problems. As a therapist, I take on the role of both facilitating expression as well as providing orientation and emotional safety. Children have a resourceful, inherent drive for growth and development, expressed also in therapeutic play, where they experiment with alternative strategies, creating solutions in dealing with and resolving social-emotional matters. 

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