Sources of inspiration
My greatest sources of inspiration are the love for my partner, my three children and all the other teachers with whom I cross paths. It comes naturally to me to pass their wisdom on to others. I am very grateful that, as a Core Process therapist, I may help my clients to find wholeness, connection and peace.
As a therapist I have a special interest in high sensitivity and burn-out, attachment trauma, prenatal- and birth trauma, meditation and spirituality.
Buddhism, meditation and spirituality
As a religious scolar I have an interest in historic and contemporary Buddhism but I do not promote it in my work. I subscribe to the fundamental principles of all the main spiritual traditions, that the human being thrives best, when in relational harmony with itself, with the world around it and the planet we all inhabit. The basis of CPP is the restoration and healing of these relationships when they are out of balance, so that we can all flourish.
I have extensive experience in health care. I worked as a nurse in both hospital and home settings. I studied Religious Studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen and practiced as a spiritual counsellor in a hospital for ten years. I supervised interns in spiritual counselling and offered training in Mindfulness and in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to patients and hospital employees. I was a spiritual care consultant at the Integrated Centre for Cancer Netherlands (IKNL). As a mindfulness therapist, I was involved with ‘Be-Mind’, an online mindfulness programme for cancer patients. I have practiced multiple styles of Buddhist meditation and yoga for many years, and followed a Dharma teaching course at Bodhi College, England. Christina Feldman and Stephen Batchelor were among my teachers there.
Qualification and certification
I completed a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute/Middlesex University London. In the UK I am working towards accreditation and membership of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
In the Netherlands, the status of ‘BIG-geregistreerd psychotherapeut’ is not applicable to me. I am registered as a ‘psychosociaal therapeut’ with the NVPA.
As a mindfulness trainer, I have received a postdoctoral training as a category 1 trainer at the Radboud University Medical Centre for Mindfulness in Nijmegen. I am a member of the Association of Mindfulness Based Trainers in the Netherlands and Flanders (VMBN).
I am bound by the ethical codes of my professional bodies, the UKCP and the NVPA.