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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"The Mindful Academy Solterreno institution gave me outstanding Teacher Training, with all the materials and supervision to teach the MBSR program. After teaching my first MBSR program in Switzerland, I was able to become a member of the Swiss MBSR Association which implies that my MBSR courses…

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I would highly recommend the MBSR teacher training at Solterreno. This course managed to deliver way over my expectations. The course was very professionally delivered The program was sensibly structured giving the participants the right amount of knowledge and great opportunity to practice. The…

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Member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association in Poland.

Member of the German MBSR-MBCT Teachers Association

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