My background
Altogether, I have been working with children and young people for over 10 years. After my studies in nursing I worked with children and their families in healthcare, home, and school settings in different countries, such as Nepal, Argentina, and Peru. Here I came into contact with diverse cultures and ways of living, and I saw the impact this had on children’s development. My interest in this area grew and I decided to continue studying (Developmental Psychology and Play therapy) to deepen my knowledge and understanding in this field.
I did this in England (Oxford), where I also worked as a nurse with children and young people in palliative care in a hospice. As a play therapist I worked in a primary school in Oxford for several years with children with very diverse issues, such as emotional, behavioural, and social difficulties, attachment problems, and trauma.
I have an abiding interest in children’s development and in the best ways possible to help them therapeutically, a care for and curiosity into what moves children and the relationship that we build. I have a deep belief in children’s abilities and strengths to find their own way and grow, given the opportunity.
After having lived in England for many years, I returned to the Netherlands in 2017 and work as a play therapist. Besides this, I work part-time as a nurse. I offer therapy in Dutch and English.


Education

Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy (Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy, U.K.) 1

Certificate in Play and Creative Arts Counselling for Children and Young People (Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy, U.K.)

MRes in Developmental Psychology (Oxford Brookes University)

BSc in Psychology (Oxford Brookes University)

BA in Nursing (Hogeschool Utrecht)


Registration and organisation

I am a registered member of Play Therapy UK/International 2 and of the Nederlandse Vereniging van Speltherapeuten 3

I have regular supervision and training for my professional and personal development and performance


Links

www.apac.org.uk 1

www.playtherapy.org.uk 2

www.speltherapie.net 3