I am a counsellor and tutor working to the person-centred approach. I see clients from around the world via secure video call, instant messaging (text) chat and encrypted email, and I am particularly interested in working with ex-pat British citizens having spent periods living abroad myself. I offer a free initial consultation where prospective clients can meet with me online and have a chat about their needs.
My practise focusses on supporting people who work or live in remote or conflict affected locations; humanitarians, aid workers and international professional staff and their families.
I have more than 20years experience of working in the developing world and have personal insight and understanding of the challenges and stresses of this way of life.
I work from a humanistic/existential perspective providing a safe therapeutic space for my clients to explore their concerns, challenges and choices at their own pace.
I am an experienced registered BACP and ACTO counsellor and psychotherapist working in private practice and at a large charity in Edinburgh. I help people with a wide range of difficulties, from diagnosed mental health conditions, to feelings of depression and anxiety, bereavement, gender and sexuality issues and difficult relationship and workplace problems.
I understand every client to be unique in their personality and needs, and that while one therapeutic approach may be very helpful for a particular client, for another it might not be. I am trained in Psychodynamic, Person Centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy enabling me to work in a way that is best suited to each client; for example, providing plenty of space for you to tell your story, placing a greater or lesser emphasis on your childhood, using more or less structured thinking, or perhaps setting gentle but effective goals.
I work in a warm, supportive and open way, ensuring your voice and needs are heard and respected. In this way I support you to understand yourself; your needs, conflicts, anxieties, defences, and relational patterns on a much deeper level, enabling you to explore alternative ways of being and relating, to help bring you greater satisfaction and stability to your life.
I am a Dutch national. Fluent in both English and Dutch. I have been an online therapist since 2010 and a year later I started tutoring others in working online. Right now I am also a director of ACTO. Next to that I have personal experience of pain issues and having to change your life around. I won’t share much of my own experience but I understand how deeply it can affect your life.