Aysegul Aktalay

Registered Counsellor NZAC, MCouns, Psychology BSc, EMDR Therapist

Aysegul is a full member and a registered counsellor for New Zealand Association of Counsellors and is also a member of EMDRNZ (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing New Zealand). She has more than ten years of experience as a counselling psychologist overseas, which today serves as a foundation for her in-depth clinical skills.

Furthering her background in psychology, Aysegul completed her master’s degree in counselling in 2008. Her commitment to providing counselling services extends to individuals, couples, and families, guiding them through the complexities of mental and emotional challenges. She has a particular emphasis on trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression.


  • 2023 Member of The EMDR Association of New Zealand (EMDRNZ), New Zealand
  • 2023 Full member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC), New Zealand
  • 2006–2009 Master’s Degree in Counselling and Guidance, Ege University, Turkey (NZQA Level 9)
  • 2001–2006 Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Ege University, Turkey (NZQA Level 7)



  1. Koc, O., Kavuncuoglu, S., Ramoglu, M., Aldemir, E., Aktalay, A., & Eras, Z. (2015). School performance and neurodevelopment of low-birth-weight preterm infants: First report from Turkey. Journal of Child Neurology, 31(2), 170-176.
  2. Sahtiyanci, M., Aydogan, G., Yilmaz, A., Alcalar, N., Ozturk, E., Kiyak, A., Turk, B., & Aktalay, A. (2011). Evaluation of patients with primary nocturnal enuresis and their mothers using depression scales. JOPP Journal, 3(3), 122-128.
  3. Aktalay, A. (2008). Stress coping styles of students from Faculty of Education at Ege University, by variables including locus of control and irrational beliefs [Master’s thesis, Ege University, Counselling and Guidance].

Professional Interests & Specialist Areas

  • EMDR therapy
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Aysegul’s approach is tailored to each individual’s unique needs, integrating a variety of evidence-based therapeutic methods such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), SFT (Solution Focused Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), Strength-based approach, along with Motivational Interviewing.

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Articles written by Aysegul Aktalay
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    While most experience certain levels of sadness, which is a normal and healthy occurrence, long-term feelings where our mood is affected, and possibly impacted by additional stress and anxiety, can lead to depression. That is why it’s important to understand our current condition and act so that we can stop…