Dr. Leyla Gulcur, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Psychology, New York University

B.Sc. Psychology, Duke University

Dr. Leyla Gulcur is a cross-cultural psychologist with a focus on sexuality, sexual health and relationships. In addition to her research and clinical practice, she has taught psychology for over two decades as an adjunct Associate Professor at New York University.  

Dr. Gulcur uses an integrative psychotherapeutic approach involving mindful sexuality practices, the Gottman Method, Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and techniques based on cognitive psychology, positive psychology, attachment theory, focusing, mindfulness, and breathing and movement practices based on Chinese martial arts and Qigong.

Dr. Gulcur has worked as a trainer and consultant for organizations working to strengthen sexual and reproductive rights and health worldwide, particularly in Asia and the Middle East.  She is the co-founder of the Turkish NGO Women for Women's Human Rights.  She has also headed research departments at non-profit organizations in New York City and conducted evaluation research on programs serving individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders and histories of homelessness.  

A long-time practitioner of tai chi, bagua and qigong, Dr. Gulcur is also a certified Medical Qigong Therapist (a healing modality) and Instructor of Earth Qigong for Women, which is a movement practice aimed at enhancing women’s sexual and reproductive health and well-being. 

Having lived or worked in over 25 countries, Dr. Gulcur is multilingual in English, Turkish, French and Italian. She often works with professionals and creatives who are bicultural, multicultural, or expats.  Her geographic/cultural area of expertise extends to North America, Europe, Middle East and South Asia. 


Dr. Gulcur offers sessions in both English and Turkish.