Individual Psychological Services

Psychosocial Therapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the psychologist and patient, and the particular problems you bring forward. There are many different methods I may use to deal with the problems that you hope to address. Psychosocial Therapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home.

Psychosocial Therapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, Psychosocial Therapy has also been shown to have benefits for people who go through it. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. But there are no guarantees of what you will experience.

Our first (few) session(s) will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you some first impressions of what our work will include and a treatment plan to follow, if you decide to continue with therapy. You should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with me. Therapy involves a large commitment of time, money, and energy, so you should be very careful about the therapist you select. If you have questions about my procedures, we should discuss them whenever they arise. If your doubts persist, I will be happy to help you set up a meeting with another mental health professional for a second opinion.

Meetings

I normally schedule an intake that can last up to 110 minutes. During this time, we can both decide if I am the best person to provide the services you need in order to meet your treatment goals. If the therapy is begun, I will usually schedule one 70-minute session (one appointment hour of 70 minutes duration) per two weeks at a time we agree on, although some sessions may be longer, shorter or more frequent. Once an appointment hour is scheduled, you will be expected to pay for it unless you provide 48 hours [2 days] advance notice of cancellation [unless we both agree that you were unable to attend due to circumstances beyond your control]. [If it is possible, I will try to find another time to reschedule the appointment.]

Location

My private sessions take place online unless agreed upon otherwise.

Language

It is possible to have your sessions in English, or in Dutch.

Clientele

My main clients are expats living in The Hague, working at one of the international companies located in the area, like Delft Institute of Technology, European Cybercrime Center, European Patent Office. Europol, International Criminal Court, International Court of Justice, Interpol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Shell. This does not mean you have to be an expat to book in sessions with me; you are always free to contact me when you feel I could be of help to you.

Issues you can address

You can address various issues during our sessions, for instance:

  • Life questions
  • Life stage problems
  • Insecurity
  • Struggling with decision-making
  • Feelings of depression
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dealing with loss and grief
  • Addictions
  • Eating disorders

It is possible that you do not relate to the topics listed above. Sometimes situations are too complex to ‘fit them in a box’. When you want to address an issue that is not listed above, please contact me to see what the possibilities are.