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 and am registered in the Netherlands (BIG Register) as a psychotherapist (Psychotherapeut) and healthcare psychologist (GZ Psycholoog).
My personal AGB code is 94003404 and the practice AGB code is 94002928.
Mine is a solo practice so I do all my own assessments and treatments. I work in the specialist mental health care as well as the generalist basic mental health care. As expected of us as professionals, I take part in collegial intervision and supervision and get continuing education.
I also work together in cooperation with your own family doctor/huisarts, medical specialist, company doctor as well as with colleague psychologists, psychotherapists, family therapist and psychiatrists as needed. In case of a life threatening emergency you should contact your family doctor and eventually the crisis center (crisis dients ggz) in your part of town.
My training is very broad and I utilize an intuitive blend of Interpersonal Therapy, EMDR, (online) Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, (Jungian Analytic) Sandplay Therapy (according to the method of Dora Kalff), Art Therapy, Inner Child techniques, Reality Therapy, 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; issues around difficulty with limits on alcohol or drug use, sexual behavior and romantic relationships; codependency (long term problems in your relationship with yourself and others); personal, relationship and family problems; (sexual) identity issues; stress and burnout; dealing with difficulties associated with health problems such as cancer and other (chronic) illnesses, including living with chronic pain. I also help people with issues regarding experiences with spirituality or religion. I have a broad knowledge about most major religions and alternative spiritual practices and respect and work within the belief system of the client.
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.
Office hours are weekdays, except Wednesdays between 14:00 and 20:00.
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.