Zeynep Zat has received her Psychology degree at Istanbul University. She has gained mainly psychoanalytical understanding throughout the bachelor years. As she was listed as one of the top students at psychology during her undergraduate education, she has also gained the opportunity to study a second program. She preferred to study about children and families. Then she started to study at programme about Gifted and Talented Children in addition to her psychology bachelor. She has taken courses especially counselling for children and reforming the relationship with their families.
Following her graduation, she studied on Psychological Therapies at Queen Mary, University of London and received her master degree with distinction. Currently, she is a doing her PhD on Counselling and at thesis stage.
In addition to academic studies at University of London, she has also been an intern at East London NHS Foundation Trust. After receiving her formal degrees, she has also attended Advanced Training for Children and Families and Summer School of Solution Focused Brief Therapy in London.
Zeynep Zat turned back returned to Istanbul and started to work at for Institute for Behavioural Studies (DBE), which is the most well-established private practise providing psychological services in Turkey, founded in 2011. She trained on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, which is suggested at first line for treatment of post traumatic symptoms by World Health Organisation (WHO) Guidelines* in 2013. She has become an EMDR Europe Accredited EMDR Practitioner after completing Level I and II Trainings, supervision and working with number of clients with various problems. Now, she is in the progress to become an EMDR Europe Accredited EMDR Consultant.
She also attended training on Couples and Family Therapy and received supervision to work with families and couples. She attended trainings on Psychodynamic Approach for Personality Disorders and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. Zeynep Zat is also a qualified to administer Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-R).
She has worked for DBE almost 9 years. Throughout her working years at the institute, she has become the projects coordinator of various research projects including treatment of fibromyalgia, chronic headaches, chronic depression and weight control. One of their project conducted by Zeynep Zat and Emre Konuk is about treatment of fibromyalgia and it is awarded 25.000 USD Grant Award by EMDRIA. Another one of the projects was with Syrian Refugees. She took role to develop a protocol to work with Syrian refugees’ post-traumatic stress symptoms. The project was conducted as a research and awarded by Francine Shapiro Award. She also volunteered as a member of therapist and researcher team in Syria border to provide group therapy for Syrian refugees. She is enthusiastic to follow scientific incoming knowledge on her field and to do research in her field. Therefore, she attends congresses around the world. First, her counselling work on panic attacks with the founder of institute Mr. Emre Konuk was presented on 2013 Congress of International Family Therapy Association in Orlando, USA by Mr. Konuk. Then the journey continued in various cities of the world. She presented on EMDR Treatment of Fibromyalgia at EMDR Europe Congresses in Edinburgh, Scotland; Den Haag, Holland and at EMDR International Association Congress in Philedelphia, USA. She also presented her family therapy work at World Family Therapy Association Congress in Malaga, Spain and European Family Therapy Association Congresses in Istanbul and Athens and also at Psychiatry Congresses in Antalya and at EMDR Symposiums in Istanbul, Turkey.
She is passionate to teach at universities as she has opportunity to share her knowledge with young psychology and counselling students. She has been invited to highly respected universities including Bogazici University, Koc University, Marmara University, Bahcesehir University, Uskudar University, Istanbul City University, Yildiz Teknik University etc. to give speeches about her favourite topic which is trauma treatment, EMDR and psychotherapy.
Now, she is in London to provide psychological counselling services to individual, families and couples. Her areas of expertise are anxiety, performance anxiety, concentration difficulty, post-traumatic symptoms, phobias, chronic pain including fibromyalgia and headache and relationship problems. She mainly utilizes EMDR, Solution Focused Therapy, Family and Couple Therapy.
Zeynep is currently collaborating with Minds on Art (MOA) to design a special programme for Minds on Art! You can see details about MOA here.
Zeynep Zat is a member of British Psychology Society (BPS), EMDR UK and Ireland in the United Kingdom and Turkish Psychologists Association (TPD), EMDR-TR, and Association for Couples and Family Therapy (CATED) in Turkey
Now, she is in London to provide psychological counselling services to individual, families and couples. Her areas of expertise are anxiety, panic attacks, performance anxiety, concentration difficulty, post-traumatic symptoms, phobias, chronic pain including fibromyalgia and headache, relationship problems. She mainly utilizes EMDR, Solution Focused Therapy, Family and Couple Therapy. As she originally comes from a psychoanalytic background, she informs her work from psychoanalytic perspective.