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.
|•||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|