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Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

About me

At the outset of my career, I held a clear vision: to assist individuals in cultivating meaningful, healthy connections and to guide them towards a more enriching way of life. With over a decade of professional experience in the field, I have gained a profound understanding of the complexities of the relationships we build. As a Couple and Family Therapist, I focus on both the individual and the relationship unit to facilitate open communication with my clients. This comprehensive approach distinguishes my practice from others.

As a culturally competent therapist with extensive international experience, I enjoy working with individuals and couples from all backgrounds. My practice encompasses a wide range of clients, with a specialization in addressing relationship issues, family conflicts, and relational trauma. Over the course of my career, I have counseled thousands of individuals, couples, and families. Additionally, I have facilitated seminars and classes globally, and dedicating over ten years to supporting clients in their journey towards healing and growth. 

Utilizing evidence-based psychotherapy methods, I love helping my clients overcome and persevere no matter how they might have felt when they first came to me. My passion lies in assisting individuals in gaining insight into their thoughts, challenging beliefs, and behavioral patterns that hinder their personal growth. My approach is heavily informed by attachment theory and family systems theory. My trainings in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Gottman Method Couple Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) allow me the flexibility and freedom to customize my approach based on my client's needs. Additionally, I offer Brainspotting to process traumatic memories and alleviating symptoms of emotional distress.

I offer therapy sessions in both English and Turkish.

  • Master’s Degree: Thomas Jefferson University, Couple and Family Therapy 

  • Master’s Degree: Istanbul University, Forensic Medicine Institute, Social Sciences

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Istanbul University, Psychology

Licensed Couples Therapist

Esra Nihan Bridge, MSS, LMFT
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censed Marriage and Family Therapist

Relationship therapist
  • Dr.Leslie Greenberg: Emotional Healing: Unlock the Power of Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)

  • Dr. Sue Johnson: Emotionally Focused Therapy: Attachment Science in Practice

  • Dr. Karly Mc Bride: Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers

  • Pacific Trauma Institute: Brainspotting Training

  • The Gottman Institute: Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Level 1 & 2 Training

  • Dr. Russ Harris: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy & ACT for Trauma

  • Beck Institute: Essentials for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT for Anxiety & CBT for Depression

  • ‘Awareness of Our Core Beliefs’ Seminar, July 2021

  • ‘Emotionally Abusive Relationships: The Cycle of Narcissistic Abuse’ Seminar, May 2021

    • Topic: Emotionally abusive relationships were elaborated by focusing on the narcissistic abuse in romantic relationships. 

  • Cycles of Partner Violence’ Seminar, November 2019

    • Topic: The relationship between codependent people and narcissistic people was elaborated by focusing on the psychological aspects of partner violence. 

  • ‘Dynamics of Trust in Relationships’ Seminar, June 2020

    • Topic: Dynamics of trust in relationships were discussed based on an attachment theory perspective.

  • ‘Inner peace’ Seminar, July 2020

    • Topic: Effects of our cognitive schemas on our inner talk was elaborated based on cognitive-behavioral perspective. 

  • Success Certification as High Performance Award, 2018

  • Full Scholarship for graduate study in Couple and Family Therapy,  2015 

  • Presentation on “Interviewing the Children in Forensic Psychology”, 2014

  • Development of Anger Management Program for Turkish Probation Services, 2009

  • Development of Victim Support Programs for Turkish Ministry of Justice, 2009-2010

  • Bridge, E.N. (2021). Görgü Tanığı Beyanlarının Psikolojik Boyutu   [Psychological Aspects of Testimony of Eye-witnesses]. Akademikürsü, 8, 54-57.

  • Bridge, E.N. (2020). İlişkilerde mahşerin dört atlısı[Four horseman in relationships]. Akademikürsü, 7, 66-68.

  • Bridge, E.N., & Duman, N. (2020). Transformation of childhood traumatic experiences to violence. Life Skills Journal of Psychology, 4(7), 1-7.

  • Bridge, E.N. (2020). Eşe yönelik şiddet mağdurlarının adli süreçlerde değerlendirilmesi [Assesment of victims of intimate partner violence in judicial systems]. Dünya İnsan Bilimleri Dergisi, 2, 116-131.

  • Duman, N., & Bridge, E.N. (2020). Cyberbullying victimization: A study of middle and high school students. Motif Akademi Halkbilimi Dergisi, 13(29), 466-482. 

  • Bridge, E.N., & Duman, N. (2019). Ergenlerde siber zorbalığa duyarlılığın demografik değişkenler açısından incelenmesi [Investigating cyberbullying sensitivity among adolescents in terms of some demographic variables]. Kıbrıs Türk Psikiyatri ve Psikoloji Dergisi, 1(3): 158-65.

  • Bridge, E.N. (2019). Emotionally focused couple therapy: A couple’s struggle with infidelity. International Journal of Afro- Eurasian Research, 4(8), 155-166.

  • Bridge, E.N. (2019). Review of a case study in light of Bowen theory: Differentiation of self. Life Skills Journal of Psychology, 3(5), 65-72.

  • Duman, N., & Bridge E.N. (2019). Siber mağduriyet [Cyber victimization].Opus International Journal of Society Researches, 10(17), 1156-1178.

  • Bridge E.N., & Duman, N. (2019). Partner violence in Muslim marriages: Tips for therapists in the US. Spiritual Psychology and Counseling, 4, 57-66.

  • Bridge, E.N., Oral, G., &Tunaboylu İkiz, T. (2018).The concept of skin ego and the investigation of the skin ego structuring in drugusers administering the Rorschach inkblot test. Turkish Studies, 13(26), 207-216.

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