Ferda Alakuş

I am a mindfulness teacher and Psychological Counselor. I am experienced at working with children and adults from a range of backgrounds. 

Mindful Academy Solterreno TT1 graduate.

I graduated Department of Guidance and Psychological Counseling from Marmara University in İstanbul Turkey In 1996. After I graduated, I worked as a Psychological Counselor in various schools. I have been working as a Psychological Counselor at VKV Koç School İn İstanbul Turkey since September 2015.

I finished psychotherapy trainings; Dynamic Psychotherapy from Yavuz Erten; Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy from Prof. Dr. Mehmet Sungur, Family and Couple Therapy from psychologist Emre Konuk, Short-term Solution-Focused Therapy from Assoc. Dr. Esra İşmen Gazioğlu, EMDR I and EMDR II for the reduction of trauma and disturbing thoughts from the Institute of Behavioral Sciences.

In my early career in İstanbul, besides working in schools, I facilitated mindfulness courses and I learned ideas that are central to mindfulness as it is presented today. Understanding the importance of the present moment and that I was ‘not my thoughts’ was very liberating. I discovered ‘modern’ mindfulness in 2018 when I took my first MBSR course. I found this profoundly useful and I have been meditating regularly ever since. I trained to teach the core mindfulness practices at The Mindful Academy Solterreno in 2019 and I will shortly complete TT2. 

Making a difference to others has always been important to me, whether this be through sharing the gift of mindfulness. 

Country

Turkey

Town

İstanbul

Country
Turkey
Town
Istanbul

Contact information

Ferda Alakuş
Rehber Öğretmen / Counsellor
 
Tepeören Mahallesi
Eski Ankara Asfaltı Caddesi No:60 
Tuzla 34959 İstanbul 
T: 0216 585 62 00 
F: 0216 304 10 24 / Lise 
    0216 304 23 97 / İlkokul-Ortaokul 

ferdaa@koc.k12.tr 
www.koc.k12.tr 

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As always it was a beautiful and incredibly rich experience. I have learnt so much for my own practice and also my understanding for teaching feels enhanced. As always there were challenges but I felt held and supported the whole way through. It was always clear what was…

Silent Online Retreat, May 2021

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TT1 April 2021

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I absolutely loved this course. The trainers really embodied mindfulness and I felt very inspired by them. The course content was very well-prepared and well-delivered. What I loved most was to learn how to teach without teaching! Just gently guiding the…

TT2 ONLINE, Jan to March 2021, 9-weeks

If you're wanting to learn more about mindfulness and using such a powerful tool then don't hesitate to join the TT1 course. The course is experiential, no long lectures to sit through. Each day you get the chance to practise leading a meditation with kind, constructive feedback in a supportive…

TT1 ONLINE, November 2020

If you're wanting to learn more about mindfulness and using such a powerful tool then don't hesitate to join the TT1 course. The course is experiential, no long lectures to sit through. Each day you get the chance to practise leading a meditation with kind, constructive feedback in a supportive…

My experience was eye-opening, transformative and fun. In between laughing and crying I discovered so so much about myself. I can only say thank you and that I think this is one course I would not mind repeating, for myself at some point in the future and I am sure then I will again discover yet…

TT1 Online, October 2020

 

Truly a transformational course which leads you to be reborn, rediscover yourself, and changes your life forever!!! Bodhin and Sheena are the best ever coaches for MBSR. Their in-depth knowledge, warmth and empathy set a very conducive environment to learn and grow into more intuitive…

TT1 online October 2020 

Overall feedback

Great. My intention was to deepen my own practice as well as to take initial steps in learning how to pass on the possibility of the gift of mindfulness to others, and both of those intentions were met.

MBSR Teacher Training TT1 course October 2020 

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