Counceling Turkish immigrant families with transgender members

Sahika Yuksel

CETAD (Association of Sex Education, Treatment and Research)

Retired Prof from Department of  Psychiatry, Medical School, University of Istanbul.  2013 in private practice Founder  of Istanbul-Psychosocial Trauma Program   Past President of Psychiatric Association of Turkey (PAT)Founder member of different NGO’s  (Purple Roof shelters for women exposed violence; Human Rights Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims). Founder and Board Member of ESTSS (1994- 2001) and  Board member of International Society of Traumatic Stress Stress Clinical Practice, Teaching, research: Transgender adult and adolescents clinical treatment and forensic reports. Set up first transsexual service for in Turkey according SOC; Established therapist guided transgender groups. Post-traumatic problems, particularly in women exposed to sexual violence at home and during detention; Work with NGO’s on rehabilitation centers for torture victims and shelters; Founder of CETAD (Association of Education, and Treatment of Sexual Issues) Past Board member , Ethical Committee Member Member of International Academia of Sex Research Editorial Board of International Journal of Transgenderism 


Immigrants with origins in Turkey expect that specialists from Turkey will understand them better and take a sensitive approach regarding our cultural values. Consequently, during their holidays they come to their native... [ view full abstract ]


The aim of this presentation is to describe transgender Turkish individuals and their families who live in different European countries. Secondly, our methods of working with immigrant families who have TG members in them... [ view full abstract ]


Families’ coming from different backgrounds for consultation and their demands will be explained with single case examples. Counceling: First meetings were done with individuals claiming to be TG. Their story and their... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

During interviews, family members repeatedly asked the same questions in different forms like the repetition of traumatized people. Even though they started their talk by saying that they came to us to obtain scientific... [ view full abstract ]


The principals of working with people who come from Europe are esentially not any different from the ones we do with individuals who live in Turkey. Similar themes like religion and family are always on the forefront,... [ view full abstract ]


Our observations show that TG individuals of migrant families living in different countries experience the same ostracisation, pressure and violence from their families same as the TGs living in Turkey. These families living... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Sahika Yuksel (CETAD (Association of Sex Education, Treatment and Research))

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Mental health


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