Aysem Senyurekli


Ph.D., LICENCED ASSOCIATE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST

Aysem’s perspective

Aysem’s background

Setting up an appointment with Aysem

Some helpful on-line resources


Aysem’s perspective

Most of us carry around more than our share of worry or anxiety. We worry about our romantic lives, our kids, and our in-laws. We worry about our work, our finances, and our health. We worry about a whole host of issues that if unchecked and unexamined, can take over our lives and keep us from realizing our goals. A healthy dose of outside perspective, mixed with tried and true scientific ideas, can help us confront our worries and develop a more realistic picture of our lives.

This is where counseling can help. I see clients of all age groups and backgrounds, though I particularly enjoy meeting people in young adulthood (ages 20-40). So many changes happen during these years, giving us much to worry about.

 At one point or another, most of us wonder…

  • Is this really the person for me?
  • Should I settle for this job?
  • Should we become parents?
  • Am I doing right by my children?
  • Do I still matter to my spouse?
  • Can we ever talk without yelling?
  • Will I ever be able to forgive?
  • Can I really deal with this sadness?
  • How can I fulfill all the expectations people have of me?
  • Will I ever feel comfortable in my own skin?

Some tension and anxiety is natural if you have ever pondered these types of questions. But if you have reached a place where the stress is too high, and you are ready to do something different to adapt and thrive, I’d be happy to meet with you, your partner, and any family members invested in your life.

In addition to ongoing counseling, I also offer:

         – A 3-hour intensive session for couples wanting to improve their communication and problem-solve more effectively. This session covers: common sources of stress in the 21st century and specific considerations for couple, threats to successful communication based on research with thousands of couples, guidelines for fighting productively, and the role of mindfulness and relaxation in reducing reactivity and anxiety in the relationship. This is for couples only and can serve as a stand-alone experience or as a bridge to ongoing therapeutic work.

        –  A 5-session series for those preparing to make a commitment to a romantic partner. This is intended for those considering moving in together, getting married, and/or having children. It helps couples identify their beliefs and expectations around: balancing individual versus couple time, communication and problem-solving, sex and intimacy, extended family relationships, household management, money management, religion/spirituality, and setting goals for the present and future. This is for couples only and can serve as a stand-alone experience or as a bridge to ongoing therapeutic work.

 Aysem’s fees.

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Aysem’s background

I have a Ph.D. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego, and a B.S. in Applied Psychology from Montana State University. I believe that in counseling, we create a partnership. My hunch is that you have already spent time and energy trying to solve your problems. I’ll work with you to identify goals, become aware of existing strengths, evaluate previous attempts to solve problems, and help develop new ideas and practice new habits. In doing so, I will integrate up-to-date research, including findings associated with Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

I am a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT), and the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis (MSCH). I have level one training in the Gottman Method of Couple Therapy and have completed the Introductory Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis through MSCH.  For the past decade, I have focused on teaching undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Minnesota and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. While I now spend the majority of my time working with clients in private practice, teaching future family professionals continues to be a rewarding part of my work.

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Setting up an appointment with Aysem

As a spouse and mother, I understand and appreciate how hard it can be to dedicate time to counseling. I provide day-time hours each week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and evening hours on Thursday. I provide a free thirty-minute consultation to all new clients to answer general questions and discuss how counseling might be helpful.

I can be reached directly at (952) 806-0017 (x2), or via email.

Aysem’s fees.

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Some helpful on-line resources

Finding inner happiness and wisdom even when life feels overwhelming: www.rickhanson.net

Understanding how the brain impacts our (and our children’s) lives: www.drdansiegel.com

Learning the benefits of treating ourselves with self-compassion: http://self-compassion.org/

Obtaining general information about pregnancy and parenting: www.babycenter.com

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