OPENING IN 2014 IN ANTALYA, TÜRKİYE
In 2014, we opened our doors in Antalya, Türkiye and began counseling cross-cultural workers from around the world. Over the next 10 years, we have been able to see over 2,200 clients serving in well over 100 different countries around the world. Our staff has grown to 5 licensed clinical therapists, several associate counselors who come a few times a year, and four support staff handling intake, communications, reception and more. Not only have we provided pastoral and clinical counseling for children, teens and adults, but we’ve also been able to provide consulting and debriefs for teams, trainings, a myriad of webinars for workers and member care providers and much more.
DECISION TO RELOCATE OUR OFFICE
Unfortunately, over the last year, due to rapid changes on the ground for our staff and uncertainties mounting around visa denials, the board of directors started considering the need to move our office to a more stable location. Several sites were considered, with the expressed desire to continue providing quality, accessible care for workers in the Middle East, Northern Africa, Europe, and beyond. Our vision remains the same – to provide ongoing, professional Christian counseling and care to our community of global workers.
We hope and pray for the return of stability for both the nation and the worker community in a country that we have dearly loved and feel sad to be leaving – but also realize that the time is right for a transplant for Olive Tree. In December 2023, we made the decision that we needed to move our offices to another country and announced that we will be relocating to Budapest, Hungary in 2024. We hope this move will provide much more stability long-term and opportunities for growth of our counseling services!
THE PROCESS OF TRANSPLANTING TO BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
In preparation for our move, our Antalya office will be closing by the end of April 2024, and our available counseling schedule is now full. However, we are happy to continue to support and stay in touch with you in a variety of ways over the remainder of the year during this transition:
- REFERRALS: If you are interested in counseling but don’t know where else to look, we can provide you with a referral list of other resources, including both field-based counseling centers, and other providers in North America, Europe, and Asia.
- RESOURCES: We will continue to send regular newsletters, with articles and resources that support your emotional and spiritual health, and invite you to share those resources with friends or teammates as you journey together.
- KEEPING YOU UP-TO-DATE: We expect to be ready to re-open in our new location in early 2025, and will inform you when we are ready to begin scheduling clients again. If you aren’t on our newsletter list but would like to remain in the loop, sign up at the link below.
- GOOD GOODBYES: In honor of our almost 10 years of operations in Antalya and to say goodbye to our community, we will be having an open house on Wednesday, May 1st at the Antalya office. More details are forthcoming, but if you are in Antalya, we’d invite you to stop by and celebrate with us what God has done with and through Olive Tree for the past 10 years, and join us in practicing our good goodbyes. If you can’t be with us in person on the day, we’ll invite you to “stop by” and leave a note in our virtual guest book.
We have loved coming alongside you over the past 10 years, and look forward to many more years of serving our global worker community in our new location. We may be the lone olive tree planted by the Danube, but we trust that the Lord will continue to make us a fruitful “tree planted by the water” (Jeremiah 17:7-8) in our new home – and we’ll look forward to seeing you there.
As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. We are committed to transitioning well and to continue providing life-giving counseling to cross-cultural workers from around the world.