The Yeditepe University Hospital Department of Psychology bases its approach on a holistic perspective. This holistic approach incorporates both body and mind. It is widely recognized that physical problems can benefit from psychological support just as much as mental difficulties. That is why our team, composed of specialist clinical psychologists and experts in various specialties, supports other units at the Yeditepe University Hospital in individual and group programs. We are advancing medical treatment with evidence-based psychological support programs.
As the Yeditepe University Hospital Psychology Department we offer both short- and long-term adult psychotherapy services provided by specialist clinical psychologists. Our specialists in adult psychology listen to you and develop a treatment plan in line with your needs.
Common psychological complaints
- Anxiety Disorders: Generalized Anxiety, Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Somatoform Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Adjustment Disorders
Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology
We offer psychotherapy services to children, adolescents and their families in line with recognition / evaluation studies of the individual emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties. Amongst the psychotherapy provided are play therapy, individual therapies (psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral-oriented), group therapy, and child / youth focused familytherapy. In addition, we work hand in hand with the department of child – adolescent psychiatry when this is required and beneficial. Our adult psychology also provides individual and couples therapy to parents.
The most common psychological problems dealt with at our department are as follows:
- Fear, Phobias and Concerns
- Potty Training
- Family conflict / communication problems within the family
- Disciplinary problems
- School problems
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, specific learning disorders
- Behavioral Problems
- The process of divorce
Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology
One of the most critical issues in mental health is healthy family relations. Family or couples therapy aims to make a difference and strengthen relations within the family.
Family therapy deals with couples' relationship issues, intergenerational problems, behavioral problems in children, sibling problems, and chronic disease situations. When required, the unit also provides child-focused family therapy to parents. Family therapy is carried out at the Yeditepe University Hospital by specially trained psychologists.
Medical Treatment-Integrated Psychological Support Programs
We offer Psychological Support Programs integrated into ongoing medical treatment as a way of reviewing the lifestyle habits and choices that may underlie a patient's physical condition. This supports a process of raising awareness based on patients' thought – feeling – behavior cycles to encourage conscious choices for a healthy life. Individualized applications are employed to help patients make progress, increase treatment motivation and protect patient wellbeing.
Medical fields and conditions supported by the Psychology Department include:
- Psycho-Oncology (the psychological aspect of cancer)
- In Vitro Fertilization Treatment
- Children's Health and Diseases
- Gynecology / adolescent gynecology
- Obesity and Eating Disorders
- Dermatological Problems
- Chronic Pain
- Neurological Problems
- Sleep Problems
- Cardiologic Problems
Yeditepe University Hospital Psychology Department works within a framework of interactive groups, sharing groups and educational groups. The aim is to provide participants with the highest level of support in a group environment.
Awareness and Psycho-education Meetings
These are brief gatherings held by the Psychology Department aiming to respond practically to the most commonly encountered issues in day to day life. Examples of subjects that are covered include:
- Managing mental tension
- Understanding our bodies
- Adolescence and family relations
Our team believes that mental and physical health are two halves of an inseparable whole. Therefore we attach great importance to the provision of the most suitable psychological support for patients diagnosed with cancer and their families during and after the treatment period.
Cancer diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy are psychologically, socially and physically challenging processes. This can lead to psychological difficulties such as anxiety disorders, depressive feelings, adjustment problems, and changes in personality traits. Our psychologists work within a framework of specialized psycho-oncology in order to give patients and their families' mental, emotional and functional support during a critical period, aiming to improve their quality of life.
That is why our first discussion with patients at Yeditepe University Hospital who are going to receive treatment at our department aims firstly to understand them, to evaluate their condition together, and to choose the best support program for their individual situation and needs. This can incorporate individual psychotherapy, family support or group support. Studies show that the provision of psychological support to cancer patients and their families serves to make the treatment process significantly more comfortable and relaxed. That is why we stand side by side with our cancer patients all the way, not just in terms of medical treatment but also from the psychological perspective.