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Our Team

Yasin Duman (Ph.D.) studied BA in Psychology at Bogazici University (2013), MA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Sabanci University (2015), and completed a Ph.D. project on Forced Migration, Integration, and Intergroup Relations at the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations at Coventry University (2021).

He completed the Art Experiential training program at Birmingham Centre for Art Therapies (2018) and the Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy Diploma program at the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy (2020).

He has been offering individual and group counseling sessions since 2017. He provided sessions to Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Şanlıurfa and Mardin as part of the protection projects conducted by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe (WHH), respectıvely.

Yasin worked as a staff consultant at WHH Mardin Office, MSYD-ASRA Ankara Office, YYD Hatay and Şanlıurfa Offices, and International Organization for Migration Offices in Şanlıurfa, Gaziantep, Hatay, and İzmir.


Yasin's area of specialization in counseling includes mild depression, anxiety, sleeping problems, phobias, conflict management, and capacity building in providing mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS).

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Merve Kurt (M.Sc.) studied BA at Bogazici University (2014) and MA Sabanci University (2017) where her research focused on gender and identity. Merve provided individual counseling to Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Ankara, Gaziantep, and Mardin as part of the protection projects conducted by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and
Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM-SGDD).

She is also an artist and uses art methods in her works on social cohesion and well-being. She also worked as an assistant for Migration Friendly Cities Project in Coventry (the United Kingdom). She provided art based consultancy to Welthungerhilfe Mardin Office staff.


Merve is a certified Montessori Trainer and has conducted training projects for various groups. Her area of specialization includes child and women protection against sexual and gender-based violence, social cohesion, cultural diversity, ethics, and privacy in the workplace.

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