Do you have a waiting list? No. Currently there is no waiting time to begin with therapy.
Can there be reimbursment of costs? I do not have contracts with insurances. However, please contact your insurance to check what their reimbursment policies are.
Do I need a referal letter from my GP? No. You do not need a referal letter from your GP to begin treatment with me. However if you are approaching your insurance for reimbursement, it might be required by them.
What happens if I miss an appointment? Unfortunate and unpredictable events can always occur. If you cannot make it to an appointment, please cancel your session atleast 24 hours in advance. If you do not cancel a session before that time frame, you will be obliged to pay 50% of the cost of that session.
Are your services confidential? Absolutely. Legally, no confidential information can be shared with anyone without your express, written approval. The only exception to this rule is if I believe that you or someone else is in immediate danger. In that circumstance, I am obliged to share information with local authorities such as police, your GP or a crisis intervention team. You can read more about this here. According to the law, I am also required to retain your information on file for 15 years. I am legally permitted to destroy this information upon your written request.
How do I know if I need therapy? Psychological therapy is something that everyone can benefit from. If you feel that you are suffering from low mood, low energy, sleeping problems, feelings of loneliness, difficulty coping with some aspect of your life, or feeling overwhelmed by your emotions, therapy can be helpful. A trained professional can help you gain insight into your patterns of thoughts and behaviour and help you learn new ways to cope with difficulties in life. Even if you feel that you are not currently suffering, a psychologist can help you explore and gain insight into underlying patterns and needs that developed from your childhood, and how they affect your everyday life. Essentially, a psychologist can be an unbiased “mirror”.
What types of treatment do you offer? I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy and Client Centered Therapy. I also offer Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I do not stick to one treatment style. My motto is- Whatever works! You can read more about CBT here. You can read more about Schema Therapy here. You can read more about ACT here
What is the difference between a Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist? A Psychologist is a trained professional, who in the Netherlands has completed a Masters degree in the field of Psychology. A Psychotherapist is a protected term in the Netherlands and denotes someone who has completed an approved psychotherapy training (postmasters). A Psychiatrist is essentially a medical doctor, who is trained to treat mental health disorders from a medical perspective. A psychiatrist thus, can prescribe medication, unlike a psychologist or psychotherapist.
What if, after a session, I decide that I don’t want treatment with you? That can happen! An important part of the therapeutic process is the therapeutic relationship, and sometimes, it just doesn’t click! If that were to happen, it is important that we talk about it, as openess and honesty is the baseline of any therapeutic process. We can discuss what you feel isn’t working for you, and if necessary, I can give you details of other psychologists and psychotherapists in my network! What matters is that you get the help that you deserve.