Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of Central Florida
Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA.
Postgraduate work at Villanova University.
Licensed by the state of New Jersey as a Licensed Professional Counselor 2003-present
Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida
Ms. Akman’s clinical experience encompasses working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples using individual, group, and family therapy. Prior to entering into private practice in 2004, she worked in community mental health. She was the Senior Clinician in the Child and Adolescent office and the Adult outpatient office of a community mental health agency. She developed and led anger management groups as well as drug and alcohol intensive outpatient groups for adolescents. Ms. Akman developed and conducted a seminar for other therapists seeking certification for compulsive gambling.
Ms. Akman utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach to psychotherapy, with an emphasis on mindfulness. This means that behavior is influenced by thoughts, feelings and underlying beliefs we hold about ourselves and the world; most of which are unconscious. Making changes in these thoughts and beliefs can lead to a change in behavior and reduction of symptoms such as anxiety and depression.
Currently Ms. Akman works with pre-teens through adulthood and provides individual, family and couples counseling.
Ms. Akman is married with 2 children and is also a Parenting Coach.