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Welcome to my website!

With this site, I aim to briefly introduce my professional self and my areas of interest/work.

Currently I work as

  • A psychotherapist and clinical supervisor.

With regard to my professional background, I am a:

  • Clinical Psychologist (Ph.D.) (since 1992)
  • Psychotherapist (since 1992)
  • Medical doctor (M.D.) (between 1986-92; have not been working as an active physician since 1992)

Please refer to the other pages of this site for more information

Blog

  • What kind of a psychotherapist am I?

    I am a licensed clinical psychologist (Ph.D.), also with a medical background, working as a psychotherapist since 1991. In these almost 30 years, I have mostly worked around the issues of depression, anxiety, panic, stress, phobias, dissociation; trauma, violence, abuse (psychotraumatology); personality-related difficulties; relational difficulties;...
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  • 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,...
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  • Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis

      Excerpted from Barsness, R.E. (Ed.) (2017). Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis: A Guide to Practice, Study and Research (Relational Perspectives Book Series). New York: Routledge.   Therapeutic Intent   1.1. An analytic treatment is first established by a clear understanding of the intent or...
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  • In Turkey, the wall of denial of the Armenian Genocide is becoming cracked

    [This interview was originally published in REPAIR, an Armeno-Turkish web platform on October 8, 2015. Link] In this article, Murat Paker comes back on the notion of trauma, including the one called “social trauma” that is suited to the armenian victims of the Genocide in...
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  • The Case of Multi-layered Dissociation: Dominant Political Culture in Turkey – A Psycho-political Analysis

    A paper presented at the APCS 2004 Annual Conference “Psychoanalysis and Democracy” Columbia University. October 15 – 17, 2004 Video of the presentation
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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  • Severity of trauma as predictor of long-term psychological status in survivors of torture

    Basoglu, M. & Paker, M. (1995). Severity of trauma as predictor of long-term psychological status in survivors of torture. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 9:4, 339-350. Abstract Severity of trauma as a predictor of long-term psychological functioning was examined in 55 tortured political ex-prisoners in Turkey. The...
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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...
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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...
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