Born in Knokke on 30/01/’59. Married.
Two children and three stepchildren.
Graduated in Psychiatric Nursing
Advanced Training for Managing Groups ( two years)
Gestalt therapy (four years). Psychosynthesis Studies (four years).
Integrative Child therapy (four years)
Integrative Aid for Sexually Abused Children and their parents (two years)
EMDR (1 year) EMDR children and youngsters (in training)
Psychotraumatology (18 months)
I have 22 years of experience as a Psychotherapist and child therapist. From 1980 until 1990, I worked in the Psychiatric Ward at the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Hospital in Knokke.
In recent years, I have worked as a therapist in the ergotherapy department and was in part responsible for the implementation of a treatment and work model for patients.
I have been running my own practice since 1991.
It is here that I have developed, based on the various courses, a style all my own, where:
-the opportunities and self-healing abilities of the client/the child are at the forefront
-each child receives a unique, individual approach and support
- the relationship between therapist and client/child is the basis for work and experiences
-transpersonal values are integrated in each individual
-an integrated approach is taken
-each person’s needs and wants are noticed and met.
In the past few years, I have focused primarily on how to deal with traumas, phobias and attachment issues.
Controversial issues such as sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect are not avoided.
As for child therapy, I work with the parents as well as with the child, always making sure that I maintain an objective and neutral perspective that is in line with their individual needs and each individual person’s issues.
Psychotherapy for adults is long-term. Psychotherapy for children, however, is short term. I generally work with individuals, although group sessions are an option.I work in close collaboration with the school, the centre for student development and counselling, the GP, and justice department, which entails: Consultation, support, advice, information, coordinated counselling, instruction on the issue.
In 2009 I started the Trauma Centre Belgium.