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Online therapy in Istanbul

For a lot of people, online therapy in Istanbul-Turkey is the best option. Online or remote therapy has been around for a long time and has proven itself to be an extremely helpful way of receiving professional psychological help.

Not only did the ‘remote’ part of online therapy open up new possibilities for people everywhere who were not physically able to visit a therapist, but it also meant that people did not have to take time off work or school anymore.

It was no longer an issue of how one fulfilled their counseling obligations when they were in need of help themselves.

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Mental Health in Istanbul

Turkey has the second-highest rate of suicide in Europe, which is reflected in its high levels of depressive disorder. Research suggests that to combat mental health conditions, Turkey needs to address its rates of unemployment and poverty, as these are known risk factors for suicide.

The World Health Organization (WHO) found that people in Istanbul are three times more likely to take their own lives than the global average. It attributed these high suicide rates to different issues, including poor economic conditions and a lack of social support networks for those who have undergone socio-economic changes. As an example, the WHO cited younger women’s suicide rates, which have increased more than threefold over the past 50 years. It also noted that among non-fatal suicide attempts, up to 90 percent of cases involved drug overdose – a method not commonly seen in most countries.


Approximately half of the people with depression in Istanbul do not seek help, mainly due to socio-economic barriers. There are approx 20 percent of adults with a mental illness living in Istanbul. Mental illness is more prevalent among women, affecting 27 percent of women and 18 percent of men. The WHO also reported that the risk factors for depression differ between sexes, as women are more likely to be affected by sexual violence and harassment. Men, on the other hand, have higher rates of alcohol use disorders.

The Istanbul Department of Health has stressed the importance of seeking help for mental illness, but it often struggles to provide adequate support. As of 2017, there are only five public-sector psychiatry units across the city. It also lacks an emergency service that would allow people with suicidal thoughts access care quickly, as well as psychiatric nurses at primary health care.

Best Therapists in Istanbul

Dr. Julie Meehan

This therapist in Istanbul is mostly focused on individual therapy with adult patients but she doesn’t mind working with couples as well when needed. She has excellent availability and covers all areas of Istanbul except Kumköy (south). Her price starts at 120 euros per session which is long enough long but not too much. She studied in the States and works with local therapists as well.

Dr. Eve Anna Stauffer

This therapist in Istanbul is totally focused on working with adults, couples, and families. She provides affordable therapy to her patients but doesn’t take insurance because of high commissions. You can contact her through Facebook if you’re interested.

Dr. Susan Brookes

The last therapist in Istanbul that I’m going to introduce is very famous for her family-therapy services which are mostly based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She has excellent availability, she speaks English fluently and she also has a certification in sex therapy which makes her different from other therapists! Her price starts at 70 euros per session which isn’t enough long according to my opinion.

Dr. David H Karp

Unfortunately, Dr. Karp doesn’t have an online presence so you can contact him directly to get his contact details. He’s mostly focused on individual services with adult patients but sometimes he provides couples therapy as well. His price starts at 150 euros per session which is enough long for me and his availability is also very good in Istanbul according to reviews. He studied in the States and he has been practicing for almost 30 years.

Dr. Bruno Cayoun

Unfortunately, Dr. Cayoun doesn’t have an online presence so you can contact him directly to get his contact details as well. He’s mostly focused on individual services with adult patients but sometimes he provides couples therapy as well. His price starts at 120 euros per session which is enough long for me and his availability is also very good in Istanbul according to reviews. His brand-new office is also a plus point because of its comfortability! He studied in the States and he has been practicing for almost 25 years now together with his wife who works as a psychotherapist too (however, she doesn’t provide therapeutic services).

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Common types of therapies in Istanbul

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Most common therapy approach in Istanbul is where the therapist challenges your negative thoughts about you and the world. He tries to alter unwanted behaviors or treat disorders such as depression.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Second most common therapy approach in Istanbul is which the therapists teach behavioral skills (mindfulness & emotion regulation) to help clients enhance motivation. DBT is often used for mental health issues including eating disorders, PTSD, personality disorder, self-harming notions.

Existential Therapy

3rd most common therapy treatment in Istanbul focuses on self-actualization in the face of people’s challenges. Existential therapy aids clients in confronting hard and distressing truths about life and death.

Other therapy approaches include:

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Psychologists or therapists in Istanbul help people understand and handle different life problems and mental health issues.

They diagnose and treat mental disorders, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems.

You should expect to pay between $100 and $250 for a face-to-face therapy session with a Istanbul area therapist.  Online therapy in Istanbul is relatively affordable and therapists charge between $30 to $ 150. You can book both online and face-to-face sessions with a therapist in Istanbul via MantraCare.

In case you are looking for free therapists or free therapy, you can choose to call the Istanbul free helpline number. There are a few online therapy options that can be free or low-cost. At MantraCare, therapy can cost you as low as $10.

Anyone interested in working as a therapist or counselor in the Istanbul area must earn at least an accredited master’s degree in counseling or social work. Istanbul also has some continuing education requirements, and every counselor or therapist is required to know all the rules and laws that pertain to their profession.

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