How I work

Sometimes, through problems with others, such as co-workers, friends, partners and/or our children, emotional problems, which we did not think we had, become evident. This is a way, life offers us a bridge to ourselves. Taking that bridge is not easy but once it is crossed, new possibilities open up within and outside of ourselves. In my opinion, therapy is there to help you cross that bridge.

Everyday life can throw many challenges our way. For expats, there is an added dimension: adjustments to a new country, culture and work environment can lead to new hurdles and aggravation of previous problems, which may lead to psychological disorders, distress or dysregulation.

I believe that the decision to seek help from a psychologist (Gz-Psycholoog) may sometimes be difficult to make. It is even more difficult to find such help in a foreign country where your mother tongue is not spoken. My most important goal is to offer Expats the possibility to get professional psychological treatment in the language they are comfortable talking in.

It is important to be able to name what we feel, to someone, who can organise it and give it a name. Sometimes, we are surprised to hear that what we feel and what happens to us is classified and can be treated in a very specific way. There are different methods of evaluation and treatment.

I work as a cognitive behavioural psychologist and I work with the following problems:

  • Anxiety problems 
  • Problems with mood swings
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder problems
  • Adjustment problems
  • Problems of acculturation
  • Interpersonal problems

The way of working with such problems is varied and includes expertise in different therapy methods, among others, the following:

Therapy Methods

RET With a cognitive-behavioural orientation

The main intervention technique applied is Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT), founded by Dr. Albert Ellis in 1955, which is characterised by its high effectiveness. This therapy stresses the importance of the thought-emotion-behaviour triad in the maintenance of psychological problems. It emphasises that it is irrational beliefs, formed mainly by demands and false expectations, that generate most emotional and behavioural problems.

ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

A therapy (Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999), which seeks to balance (a) mindfulness and acceptance processes with (b) commitment and behavioural change processes in the service of greater psychological flexibility and engagement with values that matter to the person.

EFT - Emotionally Focused Therapy

A model of Couples Therapy that was developed in the 1980s by Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg.

CBASP - Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy

Therapy model developed by Dr. James P. Mc Collough, Jr., Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University to treat chronic depression.

EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

Developed by Francine Shapiro, is a method that involves moving the eyes in a specific way while processing traumatic memories. The goal of EMDR is to help you recover from trauma or other distressing life experiences.

Polyvagal Theory

A clinical method developed by Deb Dana 2021 based on the Polyvagal Theory developed by St. Porges, 1992.

IOPT - Identity-Oriented Psycho trauma Therapy

Developed by Franz Ruppert, 2013