Zehra M. Kaya
- PhD in Counseling Psychology, MEd in Education: State University of New York at Buffalo
- MA in Mental Health Counseling & Wellness: New York University
Dr. Zehra M. Kaya works within a psychodynamic framework while incorporating various modalities such as relational, existential, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) techniques. Her focus is not on specific symptom reduction, but rather on changing nonfunctional patterns that cause interpersonal and personal problems by empowering the client and using their strengths. She helps the client create specific goals for their treatment. However, she believes the client is the expert on themselves and they possess the power to initiate change. Her role as a clinician is to provide the client with new experiences and to create a new understanding in a safe space. She is highly committed to social justice and inclusion in her clinical work and supporting students of colors, underrepresented populations, and marginalized individuals.
Dr. Kaya has eight years of work experience. She earned a master’s degree at New York University in Mental Health Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and an M.Ed. in Education from State University of New York at Buffalo. Her clinical training included completing an APA-Accredited Internship at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign’s Counseling Center where she served undergraduate, graduate, and professional students facing complex academic, and personal challenges, traumatic experiences, anxiety, depression, suicidality, and various difficulties in life.
Previously she worked at CUNY LaGuardia College Counseling Center, Buffalo Centre for Eating Disorders, Buffalo State Counseling Center, and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Hospital where she was trained and provided ACT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Time-Limited Dynamic Therapy (TLDP) to individuals, groups, and couples.
She is specialized in eating disorders/disordered eating, body image issues, death and dying (grief and bereavement), group therapy, discrimination experiences of marginalized individuals, social justice concerns, multicultural issues, international student adjustment, life transitions, Muslim/ Middle Eastern students, crisis management, suicidality, and personality disorders. As a former graduate student herself, she is committed to work with graduate student concerns related to work and academic stress that they have been dealing with.
Can provide care or assistance in the following language: Turkish