Elvan Okaygun, M.S.
Registered Marriage and Family Counselor, M.S.
I am a member of Beyond-Counseling Group Practice as a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern helping individuals and couples that experience relational and cross cultural conflicts, coping current stressors with addictive behaviors.
If you think it is exhausting to walk on eggshells and avoid the talk, life with a partner is different than what you imagined, or even afraid if you bring it to therapy everything will crumble, you are in good company. This is how my clients described their current state when they decided to work with me. Together, we create a safe space to explore the patterns holding you back and discover new possibilities.
As a bilingual clinician with systemic training, I am always curious how families continuously influence others and adopt the influence of their environments. So, when I work with individuals, couples and families, I pay attention to their language, familial patterns, goals and aspirations. I believe my clients are resourceful, skillful and with the guidance they want, are capable of attaining the goals they desire. My therapeutic style is client-centered, strength-based and collaborative. In addition to my therapeutic training, I also utilize Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction techniques in my sessions. I believe healing happens in a space of safety and trust. So, my goal in therapy is to invite my clients in a therapeutic collaboration with me to create an environment where they feel free to express and manifest what is meaningful for them. Once we take the first step, we then have a conversation about what they want to see happening in session in order to decide that therapy was helpful. My clients describe me as calm, patient and supportive in a difficult session. My services are available in English and Turkish, in-person or through Telehealth.
My past experience includes working with multinational companies in the printing and publishing industry, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Florida International University and Master's in Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. In my training, I focused on couples from diverse backgrounds dealing with high conflict and different forms of addiction. My experience included symptoms of dual diagnosis with addiction, PTSD, past trauma, eating disorders, depression, sexual issues and intimate partner violence.