We had the good fortune of connecting with Annette BoVee-Akyurek and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Annette, how does your business help the community?
As a psychotherapist and physical therapist I have often shared with clients, “As you shift or ‘clear an issue within,’ those around you shift, from within your circle and from a larger perspective universally.” I work from an integrative perspective and with a relational view of the mind, body, and spirit. This relational view does not only view the interconnections within ourselves, but also incorporates our relationship with the world around us. Therefore, I believe when individuals shift, it allows a shift or healing within that also assists others on a larger scale. In the therapy process these “shifts” can occur through psychotherapy exploration, but I have found facilitating clients in exploration of the subconscious or unconscious to be highly beneficial in shifting old habits or patterns. In addition, shifts can occur when incorporating a home practice of meditation, mindfulness, centering, grounding, time in nature and animals, and involvement in the arts or music. A connection to self, in stillness and in play, allows for a connection to others from a centered and kind stance. As each of us shift, the connection to one another shifts effecting not only our circle, but socially in the community.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
“In Touch-therapy for the mind and body,” is a private practice addressing the client’s needs from a mind and body perspective. My integrative view allows for a systemic and relational approach, viewing the individual as an interrelated system within themselves and their environment. As a psychotherapist (LMHC, LMFT, NCC) and physical therapist (LPT), I address both psychosocial-emotional needs and/or physical needs in attempt to move towards wellness. I utilize a collaborative approach, and see myself as a facilitator to the individual’s healing processes. Each client is unique and sessions are geared towards individual’s specific needs, sometimes including tools such as: hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), craniosacral therapy (CST) and somatoemotional release (SER), meditation and mindfulness practices, movement activities, and adjunct readings and practices if appropriate. Some of these tools also allow the client to tap into their subconscious, unconscious aspects of themselves, facilitating awareness that may not be present in an alert, cognitive state. I have found these tools to be helpful when the client feels stuck or stagnant in their exploration towards some level of change or understanding. I am happy that I can provide a service that allows for a full mind and body perspective in healing and movement towards more joy in work and play. I also feel, as the individual shifts, those in relation to them shift, facilitating wellness on a larger scale. My idea of working in private practice came forward after a long search of finding very few practices or clinics addressing healing and growth in this manner. This allows me to work in a way where I can provide my services fully. My journey began as a physical therapist often looking at the relational components of physical ailments, moving from a speciality in neurological conditions, then to chronic pain issues, as well as facilitating healthy pregnancies and delivery, and assisting with stress related disorders. This work facilitated my interest in exploring the mind and body interrelationship, which stimulated me to continue my studies in the area of psychotherapy, with a masters in mental health counseling and a doctorate in marriage and family therapy. In addition, my experience of living in Munich, Germany for 6 months and in Istanbul, Turkey for 14 years, has expanded my experiences and outlook on many levels. After moving back to the USA 9 years ago, it took some time to re-establish myself as a clinician, moving my practice 3 times, and getting to know the community both professionally and in my personal life. This journey of course continues, but I have gratitude that I have been able to grow my practice and look forward to what the future brings in collaboration with others.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am actually new to the city of Miami, living in Coconut Grove for 1 1/2 years. Although I did my undergraduate studies at University of Miami, that was in the early 80’s and the city has changed a lot. I love the Grove; it has the vibe of nature, art, and a cosmopolitan feel of many cultures. The Grove has great restaurants, and it is fun to walk or run along the bay. For shopping, I like Merrick Place in Coral Gables: it’s in open air, descent stores, some good restaurants, and is rarely crowded (unless Fri and Sat evenings). I’m a beach person, and recommend Key Biscayne. If you’re lucky, you can find one of the smaller streets where there is less of a crowd. Biking is also good along Key Biscayne because its one of the few places with a long bike path. Miami also offers many opportunities for water sports. I don’t know other parts of Miami well, but it has become an exciting city to explore on many levels. In Ft Lauderdale I recommend the Las Olas area for a nice stroll or to eat. My favorite beach area is near the Hilton, south of Las Olas; I recommend this hotel as well. In Boca Raton, I highly recommend the beaches. There is also a great place to walk, run, or bike along AIA. The Town Center mall is was of my favorite malls, although I’m not much of a mall person (especially these days). East Boca offers some outdoor shops and restaurants that can be enjoyable. Palm Beach offers a nice stroll if wanting to explore east, although be ready for more pricey stores and restaurants. If wanting to go to the west coast of Florida, Naples is only 1 hour away, a nice change with less crowds than the east coast, and a great sunset. And lastly, if wanting to explore the Keys, you have an option to explore the upper Keys or go all the way south to Key West. This is a true laid back and beach vacation if you like a slower, beachy feel.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As I think about the position of my present work, there are several that have contributed to my journey. My parents have always encouraged me throughout my education and trainings, in particular my father in his constant encouragement and confidence throughout. My husband has given me the opportunity to live in another country, Istanbul, Turkey, opening my eyes to many perspectives; as well as supported my continuing education in later years. My daughters have supported me throughout my journey, particularly during my graduate work when they were young, and now supporting the growth of my practice (even assisting in my website and social media adverts). And lastly, to my dears friends, supporting my growth in my work along the way.
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