What can I provide you?
My passion for psychotherapy is rooted in my time in high school when I realised the importance of being able to put things in perspective. At a young age I developed insight in the counterpart of observable behaviour. Personality, temperament, motivation, cognition, instincts, learning processes, dreams… How did this all work?
I partially found answers in my education as a clinical psychologist at the Free University of Brussels. I performed a specialisation in biological psychology and came to realise that having knowledge of neurological processes was of great importance in diagnostics of psychosocial problems/disorders.
Partially I realised that I would keep looking for other issues and answers by means of doing therapy. Studying as an integrative psychotherapist at the ‘Educatieve Academie’ and working as a volunteering therapist at TEJO I am continuously inspired by different kinds of therapy.
A safe environment and trust function as a base for a good therapeutical relationship. This is why I work client-centered, which means that the experience for you as a client is key. Everything that you feel, think and do here and now earns a valuable place. Sometimes this happens literally, using a Gestalt therapy technique called chairwork.
The subconsciousness should in my perspective not at all be underestimated. Which is why psychodynamic therapies such as psychoanalysis and analytical psychology could function as a source of inspiration.
Every person carries a group of people with him/her. Being a client you’re never really coming in therapy alone and there will always be others that are part of your story. These people are taken into consideration using the systemic and contextual approach.
If you think it is important we can also decide on including them (partner, family, friend) in one or more therapy sessions.
The exploration and conversation of your theme is one thing. Getting to work with this, besides during the therapy sessions, is something completely different and is sometimes expected of you to help you on your way. Using psychoeducation I’m able to give you advice about what you can change in a cognitive and/or behavioural way. This technique finds its origin in the (cognitive) behaviour therapy.