Funda Yilmaz previously worked as a children’s counselor for the Family Sunshine Center in Montgomery, Alabama. Here she gained extensive experience providing services to individuals of all ages, with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and varying degrees of traumatic stress and comorbidities.
With the developmental understanding of traumatic stress granted by this clinical experience, Funda was able to write and illustrate My Big Book of Answers, a fully illustrated self-help workbook for three-to-nine-year-old survivors of violence. This workbook translates complex scientific information about traumatic stress into a language that even three-year-olds can understand and discuss with their adults. The workbook also assists therapists to effectively and efficiently discuss difficult topics with young kids such parental substance abuse, child maltreatment, illness, and death.
Funda currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and provides training, consulting, grant writing, and psychotherapy services. She is interested in application of the fine arts as a delivery modality for traumatic stress relief interventions in primary care and behavioral health services, in school communities, through the juvenile justice system, and in the child welfare services. Funda is an active member of NCTSN’s Complex Trauma, Child Traumatic Grief and Justice Consortium collaborative workgroups.
Funda is also a professional artist working through the media of painting, sculpture, and dance.