My Approach & Values
ISP Groningen offers therapy and coaching to internationals, individuals, couples, and families. Counseling sessions are possible in English, German, or Dutch.
I have long admired how we humans can grow and develop in the midst of challenging life experiences. As a psychotherapist, I feel privileged to be able to help people to master their difficulties through making contact with strengths and resources, both in themselves and in their environment.
After I finished my Master’s degree in clinical psychology and pedagogic psychology in Switzerland, I completed additional training in systemic psychotherapy. I have worked with a wide range of clients, including those suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, depression, burnout, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and eating disorders. This work has taken place in a variety of settings, including individual, couples, and family therapy. In addition to working with clients, I provide training workshops to therapists around topics such as resource-oriented psychotherapy, resilience and burnout.
As a systemic therapist, I view psychological problems as an interaction between individuals and their contexts. These interactions are crucial for building up and maintaining as well as overcoming problematic psychological and behavioral patterns. A systemic approach can be especially useful for us internationals, as we navigate the challenges of new social and cultural circumstances. In addition to my systemic background, I am experienced in working with cognitive-behavioral techniques and different methods such as genogram work, timeline and gestalt approaches. I aim for an evidence-base approach and work to keep myself updated on the newest research insights. One important perspective in my work is that it is deeply collaborative – I believe that working together is an essential ingredient in finding creative and positive solutions. Another important perspective is that I understand problems not only as obstacles to overcome, but also as invitations to grow and adapt in new ways.
I grew up in Switzerland and am married with an American. We have two daughters. We first lived in Switzerland, then in the U.S. and have been in the Netherlands for the last 9 years. All of this means that I have some understanding regarding how it feels to live in a foreign culture, including all of the many challenges and opportunities that comes with a life as an international.
- Founder of ISP Groningen, International Systemic Psychotherapy, NL
- Psychotherapist at Inter-Being Psychologist, NL
- Management of ZSB, Zentrum für Systemische Therapie und Beratung Bern, CH
- Psychotherapist at ZSB, CH
- Psychologist at the Child and Youth Psychiatric, CH
- Resilience Research Internship at Harvard University, USA
- Lecturer at different Institutes with following workshop specializations: Resilience, Resource oriented psychotherapy, Burnout, Burnout prevention for therapists, Therapeutic work with internationals
- MA in Clinical Psychology and Pedagogic Psychology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland
- Post-master training in Systemic Therapy with Rosmarie Welter-Enderlin in Switzerland
- State-recognized psychotherapist from Switzerland
- Member from SYSTEMIS, Schweizerische Vereinigung für Therapie und Beratung
- Member from NVRG, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Relatie en Gezin