Asena Yurtsever received her BA and M.A. degree in Psychology department of İstanbul University. Her thesis subject is post-traumatic stress disorder. After 1999 Marmara earthquake, she has worked as a volunteer for 2.5 years with victims.

She has worked as a volunteer in the TOCEV youth committee for seven years and after she became the member of board of trustees for two years.

Between 2002 and 2013, Yurtsever served as a counselor at the private Enka Kindergarten.

She followed the development of the children and supported teachers, parents and students.

She is conducting her clinical studies since 1999 under the umbrella of Behavioral Sciences Institute and Öteki Danışmanlık. She got trainings that Family Therapy, Art Therapy and Psychodrama trainings and also she is an EMDR educator. She works with adolescents, adults and families. She works in different areas including especially trauma, depression, phobias, panic attacks, and so on. She uses different methods as short term dynamic therapy, EMDR and art therapy.

Yurtsever is an European approved EMDR Trainer, and European certified supervisor and consultant. She provides basic trainings and organizes advanced workshops on EMDR. In addition, she is one of the founders of EMDR Association of Turkey. She was appointed Vice Chairman of the Boardand still maintains this position.

Yurtsever has played significant role in the trauma treatment group, (Syrian Refugees, Airport explosion, Soma, Besiktas boom in the last three years). Moreover, she provides training support to colleagues in Northern Iraq within the EMDR European Trauma Improvement (Trauma Aid) group.

She also gave EMDR R-TEP and EMDR G-TEP trainings for EMDR therapists in Lebanon, Germany and Hungary.

Yurtsever’s book that is named “Sanat Psikodrama” was published in 2013 by Okuyanus Publish.


Konuk, E., Knipe, J., Eke, I., Yüksek, H., Yurtsever, A. & Öztep, S. (2006). Effect of EMDR therapy on post-disaster traumatic stress disorder in survivors of the 1999 Marmara, Turkey Earthquake. International Journal of Stress Management, 13, 291–308.

Konuk, E., Epozdemir, H., Hacıomeroglu, S., Aydın, Y.E., Yurtsever, A. (2012) EMDR Treatment of Chronic Daily Headache and Migraine. Journal of EMDR, Feb.