Hi, I’m Ebru…
If you’ve browsed through my website you already know that I am dedicated to providing proven and skilled counseling services to couples and individuals who strive for healthy relationships. As a relationship expert and licensed psychotherapist, I have a deep appreciation and knowledge of what it takes to find and maintain secure intimacy in our contemporary experiences of high expectations of ourselves, our marriage and family-life.
I believe my role is to offer you the best relationship counseling (with a healthy dose of reality!) to explore and address the stuck places that get in the way of secure connection. It takes a certain mindset and professional expertise to be able to create enough space for all parties in the relationship to feel heard, seen, while also learning to be accountable for their respective contributions to the disconnection.
I am a certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (Supervisor-candidate), Couples Sex Therapist and Discernment Counselor. These titles might not mean much to you, however when you’re looking to put your most important relationship in the hands of a therapist, I trust you want that person to really know what they’re doing. In addition to the rigour and dedication it took to be certified in EFT, Sex Therapy, and Discernment Counseling, they are only part of the specialized trainings I have done to formulate an integrative approach for my clients—because when it comes to tackling matters of the heart, I don’t believe in one-size-fits all. If I’m going to meet you where you are emotionally when you walk into my office, I better have a lot of tools in my tool box!
You will find as we work together that I am very engaged, collaborative, transparent about the process of therapy, and most importantly, sincerely interested in you and your relationship. Whether this is your first or tenth time in therapy, you will notice that my approach is highly experiential and goes deeper than just putting a band-aid on the issues that brought you to counseling.
While I prioritize in-person therapy sessions at my office in Westport, CT (Fairfield County), I am licensed in Connecticut and New York, which allows me to offer online Discernment Counseling, marriage counseling and individual therapy services when appropriate in both states.
I look forward to hearing from you.
MORE ABOUT ME AND AREAS OF INTEREST:
As a parent of two kids, who struggled with infertility, I have a personal appreciation for the challenges of creating a family and trying to maintain your sanity, while keeping your relationship alive. I have been published in a peer-reviewed psychological journal, interviewed for articles, and have presented at various conferences about counseling couples who struggle with infertility. I created the Westchester chapter for RESOLVE peer-support group and continue to advocate for family building rights. I have also completed training in screening and counseling individuals struggling with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Visit my infertility counseling page to find out more about how I can help you navigate this challenging stage in your relationship.
I grew up living all over the world and as a result I'm fluent in multiple languages. My background not only makes me a very adaptable person, it also allows me to engage with others with a real appreciation for all of our multicultural nuances and an awareness for how they influence our relationships.
I love to read and learn. I'm a perpetual student of life. I draw so much inspiration from my readings (fiction and non-fiction) that broaden my mind and heart, which in turn lead to therapy sessions that are rich in analogies, evocations, and meaning. You will find that my readings strongly inspire my blog entries. Additionally, I share those reading with my clients so that they can continue to think differently about their relationship, their experiences, and the possibilities.
Ebru Halper, M.S. LPC/LMHC, NCC Connecticut License#LPC 003418 / NY License#LMHC 008600
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Connecticut and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New York.
Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Supervisor-candidate through the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).
Certified to assess and provide counseling issues of sexual intimacy through The Institute for Relational Intimacy , which is under the auspices of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).
Certified Discernment Counselor through The Doherty Institute.
Active member of the American Counseling Association and the Internationally Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). I abide by their ethical guidelines and norms.
Completed the Level I Gottman Couples Therapy counselor.
Completed Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders screening and treatment through Seleni Institute.
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University (New York) and recognized with the "Outstanding Graduate Student Award" (Pleasantville, NY).
Bachelor of Art in International Relations from Brown University (Providence, RI).
Prior to being a therapist, I had a successful career in advertising/marketing where I worked for some of the pioneers of Madison Avenue and many iconic brands.