Pinar Bereketoglu

Pinar Bereketoglu

Mental Health Therapist

pinar@healmyheart.ca
(780) 288-8011

Many of us have experienced grief and loss at some point in our lives. The most profound loss that has influenced me was the disconnection to my culture that I felt after leaving my country of origin at a young age and not learning my mother tongue. This made me question my cultural identity and who I am. My journey of self-exploration allowed me to reframe my sense of identity and has made me sensitive to the cultural identities of others. I am thus motivated to walk alongside others in their journey of self-discovery and healing. I have been working with families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for over five years where I have witnessed the grief that many of these families experience in relationship to their children’s disability. However, I have also seen how capable these families are of being adaptable and resilient. This experience has shaped by view about grief and the strength that individuals can have to heal. I have recently completed my Master of Counselling degree and have begun the process of pursuing licensure as a psychologist. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, going on walks, exploring nature, and listening to music.

Professional Background

Pinar completed her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Psychology at University of Alberta in 2013 and her Master of Counselling at City University of Seattle in Canada in 2019. She also completed trainings including the Hakomi method, Working with Refugee and Immigrant Families, and Autism Navigator for Early Intervention Providers.

During her Master of Counselling, Pinar was a Mental Health Therapist Intern at The Family Centre. She provided counselling services to children, adolescents, adults, and couples of various socio-demographic backgrounds. She addressed issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, and trauma.

Pinar has worked at Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton in various roles including Respite Worker, Child Support Worker, Educational Assistant, and Primary Consultant.

Other Professional Activities

Pinar is currently employed as a Primary Consultant at Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton where she provides coaching to caregivers of children with ASD through specialized services.

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