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Dr Izel Caliskan
Clinical Psychologist

Hello, I’m Izel! I am a Clinical Psychologist.

 

Can you tell me a bit about your background?

 

I am originally from Turkey and moved around a lot as a child and young adult. My background and experiences are some of the reasons why I pay a lot of importance to culture, geography, race, religion, ability, language, and other visible and invisible aspects of identity in my work. For the longest time, I was interested in working with young people. This was because I recognized the importance of early life experiences and family life for well-being.

 

During my academic and clinical career, I worked with people across the life span, specializing in paediatrics across different NHS settings, private clinics, and research labs. I completed my MSc. Degree in Developmental Psychology at the Anna Freud Centre in 2017. More recently, I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College London. I currently work within a specialist NHS hospital, supporting children with chronic health difficulties and their families. I am also a Visiting Lecturer at UCL and a Clinical Lead in a digital mental health company that is based in Hong-Kong.


What will it be like when I meet you?

 

When we meet, I hope to create a playful, accepting, curious and empathic space for you. The most important thing is for you to feel heard, understood and the relationship we have together. By creating a safe and comfortable space, we can talk about what brought you here, your values, hopes, strengths and difficulties you would like support with.

 

The first time we meet would be about getting to know each other, you daily life, what things are important to you and some of your struggles. We would then agree on a plan together, regarding how many sessions you might need and review our work over time.

 

What types of therapy do you use and what kind of difficulties do you help people with?

 

I use a wide range of therapies and do not believe there is a “one-size-fits-all” approach when it comes to well-being. The type of therapy we engage in will depend on your difficulties, values, needs, and hopes.

 

As a psychologist, I have received training in many therapies including Mentalization-Based Family Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. I am also trained in different Autism and neuropsychology assessment tools to support children with possible learning needs.


What do you enjoy outside of psychology?

 

I love traveling, taking walks and being by the water. I write children’s stories and do Bollywood dancing on the side!