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About Me

My practice is based on the belief that my clients' needs are of the utmost importance. I am committed to using all my experience and skills in helping them to meet those needs. I welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and work with you toward reaching your highest


My name is Semra Kecelioglu. I was born in Turkey but have spent the majority of my life in the U.S. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Syracuse University and Master of Social Work degree also from Syracuse University. I'm licensed as a clinical social worker in New York State, and now also in North Carolina.

My earlier experience in the field ranges from working on an adult inpatient psychiatric unit; preventive services for children at risk of foster placement; case-coordination for children in therapetic foster care; outpatient psychotherapy with adults, youths,children,and couples in two group practice settings; private practice since 2003 ; and, day treatment therapy in a school setting.

Currently I have a private practice in outpatient psychotherapy in Durham near the Research Triangle Park. I also provide counseling for students attending Guilford College in Greensboro, NC

My post masters' training includes, but is not limited to:

  • EMDR Therapy levels I and II through the EMDR Insitute;
  • Treatment of Dissociative Disorders in Adults and,Treatment of Dissociative Disorders in Children and Adolescents through the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation;
  • Incorporating EMDR Therapy in treating persons having experienced trauma at pre-verbal stages - with Sandra Paulsen, PhD;
  • Brain Spotting Phases I and II; and, Resource Brainspotting with Attachment and Dissociation - with Lisa Schwarz.
  • The Comprehensive Resource Model for the Treatment of Complex Trauma - Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed.
  • Certification through Colin Ross , PhD on using his Trauma Model Therapy

I consider myself a perpetual student valuing both staying abreast of latest developments in our field and pursuing ongoing personal development to bring the best to my clients.

I have given presentations in New York and North Carolina that cover an overview of the Comprehensive Resource Model for Treatment of Complex Trauma and other DSMV Diagnoses. Other presentations have centered on helping triggered therapists to use the CRM to resource themselves before, during, and after sessions with clients. I am a certified practitioner of the CRM and work with therapists seeking to fulfill the "personal work" requirement toward certification in the CRM.

I have taught Introductory Psychology at the college level in New York. I currently serve part time as a counselor at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. I am certified through NASW to offer supervision to LCSWAs in North Carolina. I also offer consultation for therapists from a trauma informed perspective.

I am a member of the North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work serving on their Programming Committee. I am also a member of the NCSCSW Board, serving as secretary.

I have no doubt that my calling in life is to foster healing in people with broken hearts and souls. In this quest I have had an interesting journey personally and professionally, so far. I find myself in an ongoing unfolding and awakening in spirit, soul and body. Within this process I let the hunger for more growth lead me to the teachers as well as the settings that would propel me on to the skills, answers, experiences, and relationships necessary for growth.

This developing, shaping, and refining is, of course, a life long process so I am not a guru on a hill. I'm very much aware that "the more I know, the more I know I don't know much". I'm a fellow sharing this particular stretch of time and space on this planet with you. My mission is to give generously from what I have been given when our paths meet and as we walk a little way together in the divinely choreographed dance of Life.