I am a client-centered therapist, specialised/specialising in Emotion Focused Therapy. Perhaps this information doesn’t say you much. But it’s essentially different from for example cognitive behavioural therapy. Some of the principles which define my therapeutic approach:
You struggle with recurring problems. Perhaps you’ve tried quick fixes, but now you are ready for profound change. You are open to learn and experience things you don’t know yet. You don’t know exactly what the problem is and what the ‘solution’ should be. You are motivated to start a process that can take a while. You are willing to experience painful emotions and to work with your past when it becomes actual during a therapy session.
Unfortunately I don’t have the skills/experience/assistance to work with people with severe forms of autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia/psychosis and/or high suicide risk.
I have a background in clinical psychology (MSc) and mindfulness. My specialisation is Emotion Focused Therapy, which is part of the client-centered tradition. More about my educational background you can find here.
All my sessions take place online through zoom.
I offer sessions in Dutch, English and German.
Sessions last 50 minutes and cost 90 euro. There is a reduced fee for people with less income. Contact me for the reduction possibilities.
I offer Emotion Focused psychotherapy developed by Greenberg (note: this is not the same as Emotionally Focused Therapy, which is a therapeutic approach for couples developed by Sue Johnson). EFT is rapidly growing more and more popular. The basic assumption is that we all have fundamental emotions which point to essential universal human needs (like for example feeling connected/seen/understood or assertive anger when someone crosses your boundaries). When we grow up, we learn (mostly from our parents or other important caregivers) to suppress (some of) these fundamental emotions with so-called maladaptive emotions like anxiety, shame, guilt. Take as an example a child whose initiatives for closeness were met with criticism and rejection from the parents. This child may learn to connect closeness with shame. As an adult, this person can then have problems with intimacy with romantic partners, as he/she feels easily ashamed when trying to become close to someone.
As we humans don’t want to experience feelings like anxiety, shame and guilt, over the course of our life we develop strategies to not feel them. Common strategies are: