didem alkan oikonomou
I am currently a Master’s Candidate at the University of the Cumberlands in the Clinical Mental Health Program. Additionally, I am a Psychoanalysis student at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at the Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles). Mental suffering has a
limiting effect on our perception of the world, relationships, and self-image. Combining person- centered and psychodynamic approaches, I approach humans from a holistic perspective, acknowledging the uniqueness of each individual. I believe that if we could assist individuals to restructure their lives by allowing them to explore their internal strengths and weaknesses, they would reach their optimal level of psychosocial functioning. As a polyglot myself, I am pleased
to serve our community in diverse languages, such as French, Greek, or Turkish.
My goal is to provide individuals with a path for constructive self-actualization and transformation in a structured and safe setting. As a current educator with a Ph.D. specialization in Afro-Francophone and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, my own deep interest in exploring the dynamics of the “unspeakable” experiences of individuals with diverse backgrounds and the ethics of listening to their experiences sensitized me to cross-cultural value and belief systems. My approach to therapy from this holistic perspective would allow me to become an agent in individuals’ path for finding and accepting their own way of being in the world, addressing at the same time the driving forces that exist behind their repetitive patterns.
Under supervision of University faculty and Veronica Mollere, LCSW-BACS