What Services Do I Provide?

  PSYCHOTHERAPY Individual Psychotherapy (in office or online) Couples Therapy Group Therapy Short- & Long-term Psychotherapy  I offer psychotherapeutic and other clinical services under the term Mutual Psychotherapy. Why “Mutual”? For two reasons: The psychotherapy method which I was taught, and myself teach and practice, primarily leans on the...

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Subjective Meaning of Torture as a Predictor in Post-Torture Psychological Response

Paker, M. (2000). Subjective Meaning of Torture as a Predictor in Post-Torture Psychological Response. Dissertation Project. New York: New School for Social Research. EXTENDED ABSTRACT Despite many efforts launched by international and national organizations, state-sponsored torture remains to be the most commonly used form of organized political...

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Comparison of Classical and Hermeneutical Psychoanalyses on Their Views of Past

Paker, M. (1997). Klasik ve yorumsamacı psikanalizlerin “geçmişe bakışları açısından karşılaştırılması [Comparison of classical and hermeneutical psychoanalyses on their views of the past]. Toplum & Bilim [Society & Science], 72, 102-127 [In Turkish with English Abstract]. Abstract The assumption that our past determines/shapes our current situation is generally accepted not only...

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Psychological preparedness for trauma as a protective factor in survivors of torture

Basoglu, M., Mineka, S., Paker, M., Aker, T., Livanou, M., & Gok, S. (1997). Psychological preparedness for trauma as a protective factor in survivors of torture. Psychological Medicine, 27, 1421-1433. ABSTRACT Examined the role of "psychological preparedness" for trauma in post-traumatic stress responses in survivors of torture. 34...

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Appraisal of self, social environment, and the state authority as a possible mediator of posttraumatic stress disorder in tortured political activists

Basoglu, M., Paker, M., Ozmen, E., Tasdemir, O., Sahin, D., Ceyhanli, A., Incesu, C., & Sarimurat, N. (1996). Appraisal of self, social environment, and the state authority as a possible mediator of posttraumatic stress disorder in tortured political activists. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 105:2, 232-236. ABSTRACT This study...

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Factors Related to Long-term Traumatic Stress Responses in Survivors of Torture in Turkey

Basoglu, M., Paker, M., Ozmen, E., Tasdemir, O, Sahin, D. (1994). Factors related to long-term traumatic stress responses in survivors of torture in Turkey. Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), 272:5, 357-363. Abstract Objective.  —To examine factors related to long-term psychological functioning in political ex-prisoners who had been subjected...

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Psychological Effects of Torture: A Comparison of Tortured With Nontortured Political Activists in Turkey

Basoglu, M., Paker, M., Paker, O., Ozmen, E., Marx, I., Incesu, C., Sahin, D., & Sarımurat, N. (1994). Psychological effects of torture: A comparison of tortured with non-tortured political activists in Turkey. American Journal of Psychiatry, 151, 76-81.   Abstract Objective: The aim ofthe study was to investigate the...

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A controlled study on the predictors of torture-related chronic post-traumatic stress disorder among political torture survivors

Paker, M. (1992). A controlled study on the predictors of torture-related chronic post-traumatic stress disorder among political torture survivors. Unpublished MA thesis. Istanbul, Turkey: Bogazici University.   Abstract The aims of this study are a) to conduct a comparative survey of the psychological disturbances (particularly post-traumatic stress disorder -...

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