Welcome to my website! This should provide you with some general information about my practice in Amsterdam.
I am an American psychologist working in Amsterdam since 1993. I have a Psy. D. (Doctor of Psychology) degree in clincal psychology and am registered in the Netherlands (BIG Register) as a healthcare psychologist (GZ Psycholoog) and psychotherapist (Psychotherapeut).
As expected of us as professionals, I take part in collegial intervision and supervision and get continuing education.
My training is very broad and I utilize an intuitive blend of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal therapy, EMDR, (Family) Systems Therapy, Reality Therapy, (Jungian analytic) Sandplay Therapy, Art Therapy, Inner Child methods and Transpersonal Therapy. I try to fit the treatment to the individual client, his or her wishes and goals for therapy, and the problem(s). I care about my clients and work in an ethical manner.
In my general psychology-psychotherapy practice I treat most common psychological, emotional and behavioral problems. That includes, for example, depression, anxiety disorders; issues around difficulty with limits on alcohol (or drug) use, sexual behavior and romantic relationships; codependency; personal, relationship and family problems; (sexual) identity issues; lesbian, bisexual, homosexual related issues; stress or burnout; long term problems in your relationship with yourself and others; dealing with the difficulties associated with health problems such as cancer and other illnesses; issues regarding experiences with spirituality or religion.
One area of special focus is the treatment of traumas such as (childhood) abuse and neglect, being bullied, victims of domestic violence, war trauma, accidents and disasters.
After several intakes, we will make a treatment plan together and decide which treatment might best help you. Then we will implement that (making adjustments if needed). I use Routine Outcome Measurement to monitor your progress. When you are finished with therapy, a bill is sent to your insurance and we look at a plan for your aftercare and relapse prevention.
Office hours are weekdays, except Wednesday, between 14:00 and 20:00. I work in both English and Dutch. A doctor referral is required if using your Dutch insurance. Please read the page about reimbursement
I am a member of the following professional associations:
LVVP Landelijk Vereniging voor Vrijgevestigde Psychologen en Psychotherapeuten ;(National association for psychologists and psychotherapists in private practice)
The LVVP has a complaint and differences commission at Postbus 13086 3507 LB Utrecht. firstname.lastname@example.org
NVPO Nederlands Vereniging voor Psychosocial Oncologie (Netherlands association for psychosocial oncology
NVST Nederlands Vereniging voor Sandplay Therapie (Netherlands association for sandplay therapy)
VvTP Vereniging voor Transpersonal Psychiatrie (Assocation for transpersonal psychiatry). Please note that this association accepts psychologists and other helping professionals who are not psychiatrists.