I was born and raised in Holland, but started to explore the world from age 20. Since then I have lived in several European countries, the Middle East and the Far East (including 25 years in Japan). I married, raised two children in Tokyo, divorced, and more recently happily remarried/resettled in my native country. I have been variously employed in banking, tourism, airlines, education, counselling and research; learning several languages in the process and studying extensively; gaining further credentials through the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland (Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and a Master of Philosophy for research in the Department of Educational Studies). In the recent decade I qualified as Mediator and completed the Specialisation 'Existential Psychotherapy'.
Having experienced the corporate/ex-pat world both first- and second hand, I frequently managed to adjust to foreign cultures, as well as an even more difficult readjustment to my own culture after prolonged absence.
As professional counsellor I have worked in Tokyo and Glasgow in settings such as public counselling, private practice, student counselling, Social Work and NHS Health Centres - with clients from all walks of life and with diverse problems. In my current private practice since 2003, clients are also from different backgrounds or nationality and present with such variety of issues as human beings can encounter.
As long-time member of BACP (the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) I work according to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions in order to ensure the highest standard of practice possible. In Holland I am registered with RBCZ (License nr. 204020R). Both BACP and RBCZ offer quality control via professional discipline and complaints procedures.
- BACP Membership number 520509 and BACP Register number 046744
- NVPA (Nederlands Verbond van Psychologen, Psychotherapeuten en Agogen) License number 100108
- WAPCEPC (World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling)
- NIP (Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen) Section Mediation
All provide useful opportunity for ongoing professional development.