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Aydan Bayır



Hello again. As you have seen on the homepage, I'm a positive psychologist who completed her master's degree at University of East London, which is the first university in Europe that offers graduate education on positive psychology.


While I was pursuing my graduate studies at Boğaziçi University, I worked as a volunteer in various non-governmental organizations where you can find the details below. After graduation, my professional life started at The Spinal Cord Paralytics Association of Turkey and I worked as project assistant / coordinator for European Union projects and national ones. Sense of social responsibility and the ability to touch people's lives have always been irreplaceable passions of my life.


On the day that I discovered my passion, I left my job that I really loved and I decided to go to London to receive an education in positive psychology. I wrote my thesis on the difficulties that people encounter while generating self-compassion and I graduated with the degree and distinction for my efforts.


As a psychologist who genuinely believes that getting authentic pleasure from life depends on the quality of self-relation and reflection of it on others life, helping you will be a great happiness for me. I'm already glad to meet you.


University of East London - Applied Positive Psychology

2013 - 2014

Master of Science (degree with distinction)


The title of dissertation:
Difficulties generating self-compassion: An interpretative phenomenological analysis

To read my thesis, you can check out this link:



Boğaziçi University- Philosophy

​2006- 2012

Bachelor of Arts



University of Sussex- Foreign Languages and Literatures

​2008 - 2009



Case Western Reserve University


Online course

Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence, (degree with distinction)


Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

​2017- July (Amsterdam)

Trainer: Dr.Kristin Neff, Dr.Chris Germer

Organizator Association: Center for Mindful Self-Compassion  

Compassion: Integrating Body, Mind & Culture

​2016- October (Manchester)

Trainer: Prof. Paul Gilbert- Dr. Dan Siegel

Organizator Association: The Compassionate Mind Foundation 

Search Inside Yourself- Public Programs

​2016- September (Dublin)

Trainer: Deiric McCan & Vasco Gaspa

Organizator Association: Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute 

Mindfulness in organisations and leadership teams

​2016- February (Oxford)

Trainer: Chris Tamdjidi & Tessa Watt

Organizator Association: Oxford Mindfulness Centre

Clinical Skills / Advanced Training of Compassion-Focused Therapy

​2015- February (Derby)

Trainer: Prof. Paul Gilbert- University of Derby

Organizator Association: The Compassionate Mind Foundation


Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training 

​2014- October (Amsterdam)

Trainer: Dr. Kristin Neff- University of Texas

Organizator Association: Centrum voor Mindfulness- Amsterdam


Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy

​2014- April (Stockholm)

Trainer: Prof. Paul Gilbert- University of Derby

Organizator Association: Stockholm Academy for Psychotherapy


Certificate in Personal Coaching

​2014- April (London)

Organizator Association : The Coaching Academy


Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference

2013- October (London)

Organizator Association: Empathy and Compassion in Society


EFT Master Practitioner

2013- April (İstanbul)

Organizator Association: Association for Meridiain & Energy Therapies


Emo Trance Master Practitioner

2013- April (İstanbul)

Organizator Association: Association for Meridiain & Energy Therapies


Transpersonal Psychology- Basic Concepts

2012- December (İstanbul)

Organizator Association: Institute of Transpersonal Psychology & Psychiatry


United Nations-Human Rights and Disability

2012- December (İstanbul)

Organizator Association: Family and Social Affairs Ministry


International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health

2012- December (İstanbul)

Organizator Association: Disabled People Foundation


Project Cycle Management 

2012- November (İstanbul)

Organizator Association: Istanbul Development Agency


Discover e-volunteering’ Competition - Third Place

2nd European edition of the “Discover E-volunteering” Competition

The competition was open to nongovernmental organisations from Europe and employees who are willing to cooperate with them as e-volunteers. I applied for this competition with one of the projects of The Spinal Cord Paralytics Association of Turkey namely 'I am obstructed here- Burada Engellendim.' and our project won the third best project prize on the category for existing e-volunteering projects.

TUBITAK Undergraduate Basic Science Scholarships (Students among the first 5000 in the General University Entrance Examination) (2006-2011)

Professional Life



​2014 - 

The School of Life Istanbul- Bilgi University 

Msc. Positive Psychologist- Instructor


Koç University Counselling Center-BÜREM

Msc. Positive Psychologist- Instructor

​2014 - 2015

Boğaziçi University Counselling Center-BÜREM



Freelance Translator



My latest work was the translation of Emo Trance Officially Licensed Traning Manual from English to Turkish. This handbook is presented by Sandra Hillawi who is the advanced trainer of The Association of Meridian and Energy Therapies.

I also translated some texts of The Book of Life from English to Turkish.



Project Assistant 


The Spinal Cord Paralytics Association of Turkey


My key tasks include;

*Drafting of project outlines & execution plans according to timelines, resource requirements, budgets and potential partners

*Designing and developing resources as part of the programme of projects

*Writing projects according to the frame of grant announcements

*Identification and initiation of contact with potential stakeholders that may find the project of interest 

*Researching and collecting financial, statistical, technical and specialized data from multiple sources for assigned research and special projects

*Arranging programs for in-coming and out going official missions, make appointments with project stakeholders, including logistical arrangements




Grundtvig- Missing Link



Grundtvig Partnerships/ ‘Missing Link’ EU Project is carried out by The Spinal Cord Paralytics Association of Turkey with 4 different partners from Belgium, United Kingdom, Sweden. I have taken a place in this project as Turkish coordinator who provides communication between partner organizations, conducts the organization of the meeting that is held in June 2013, İstanbul and coordinates office administration tasks for achieving the outcomes of the project.


1- The capacity building, empowerment and participation of (foster) parents of disabled children from different EU member states.
2- The Exchange of know-how and experience, the motivation and the training of support staff members of the partner organizations.

Activities of the Project

1- Recruitment, selection and preparation of motivated (foster) parents and staff members in participating member states.
2- Experience Exchange visits and workshops for parents and social workers in the different partner countries.
3- Creation of a specific website to enable a permanent exchange of knowledge and experience.
4- Development of a manual to publish and disseminate the results of the project activities.


Leonardo Da Vinci- Employment for Everyone



The Leonardo da Vinci- EFE (Employment for Everyone) Project which is implemented by TOFD and 5 partner countries, aims to provide employment for disabled people has started. EFE is coordinated by TOFD and fund-raised by European Union Life Long Education Program and I played role in the organization of its first partner meeting had held in İstanbul, Turkey, participated third partner meeting in Greece and helped the coordinator to ease the workload by taking responsibilities


Bio Mechanics



“Biomechanics” is a performing arts project aimed at promoting artistic recreation throughout Europe for performers with physical disabilitiesThe Biomechanics Seminars by project coordinator DAGIPOLI Dance from Greece, project co-organiser IL CORTILE from Italy and project co-organiser TOFD from Turkey. I have contributed this project as the project assistant who supported coordinator during the İstanbul meetings on the organization and implementation process by participating most phases of the project life cycle.



İstanbul Development Agency -BarrierFree Designers/Swallow Project



I got involved in the writing process of project and after its approval I provide administrative support to complete project. Under the direction of project director, I help move projects towards completion by performing project and office administration tasks such as data collection, report creation, proofreading, research, and team collaboration.

Volunteer Experience


Volunteer Instructor

​August 2011 - March 2012

The Foundation for Children with Cancer (KAÇUV)


Volunteer Instructor

​March 2009 - June 2009

The Foundation for Children with Leukemia (LÖSEV)

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