Nisan Ilkmen



About Nisan

Nisan Ilkmen graduated from the Master of Arts in Couple and Family Therapy program at Adler University in 2017 and is currently pursuing her PhD in Couple and Family Therapy. Ilkmen grew up in Turkey, has lived in Canada, and now resides in the U.S. She believes her immigration experience and multi-cultural background led her to become a social-justice
oriented family therapist.

In working with couples and families, Nisan practices emotionally focused therapy in order to provide a safe and supportive environment to process thoughts and feelings. Her style is
gently reflective, providing clients an in-depth understanding of their emotional processes and attachment needs. She encourages clients to work collaboratively towards a deep and lasting connection by implementing empathy, compassion and self- awareness. In working with individuals, she also utilizes EFT to resolve anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.

Nisan believes that change is achieved through exploration of the origins of difficulties, gaining insight and adapting new patterns of relating to oneself and others. As a culturally sensitive therapist, Nisan is passionate about working with diverse groups of clients and understands that racial, religious and sexual identities interact with one’s beliefs and emotions. She integrates cultural sensitivity practices into her treatment and prioritizes addressing different dimensions of culture in her therapeutic relationships.


Nisan practices in English, Turkish and French