Leyla Welkin is a clinical cross-cultural psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience. She was born in Turkey and has lived and worked in Turkey, Europe, and the US. Leyla provides individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy.   She also offers consultation and training services in the United States, Turkey and Europe.

She specializes in cultural change, adaptation and adjustment, gender and sexuality issues and trauma recovery. She has been certified and licensed in Washington State as a mental health therapist since 1991, and certified as a group psychotherapist since 1996.

Special Skills

  • Fluent in Turkish
  • Trauma therapist
  • Training, consultation and supervision
  • Violence prevention and intervention

Professional Certifications and Affiliations

2001-present    Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Washington State       
License number: LH00003439

1996- present    Certified Group Psychotherapist                   
National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists

11/1992     Certified Mental Health Counselor, Washington State   


Doctor of Philosophy, Cross-Cultural Psychology and Education
The Union Institute and University | Cincinnati, Ohio | July 2003                                                      Interdisciplinary program, Dissertation title: Learning from intercultural experience in the lives of Turkish and Euro-American women.

Master of Arts, Psychology
Antioch University | Seattle, Washington |March 1990
Interdisciplinary program: clinical psychology, intercultural communication and cultural factors in psychology.

Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary                                                                                                    The Evergreen State College | Olympia,  Washington | May 1983
Interdisciplinary program:  psychology, sociology and anthropology.

Major: Comparative Religion Minor: Psychology                                                                 Harvard University | Cambridge, Massachusetts | Sept. 1977- May 1979                          Comparative Religion major, minor in psychology.