Born in Knokke on 30/01/’59.
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
Psychotraumatology (18 months)
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 client/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 are noticed and met.
Later on I became intrigued by trauma and its effects and took trainings in psychotraumatology. These different courses turned me into a therapist with a broad vision on pathology, its causes and opportunities to heal.
As I took a keen interest in attachment issues, I specialized in early-childhood trauma in an attachment relationship. I became specialized in " Invisible Attachment Trauma".
Up till today, I’ve been working in my own private practice since 1990, where I work with children, adolescents, adults, parents and elderly people.
In the last 10 years I have become interested in the blend of neuroscience with psychology, attachment and trauma.
I have followed a one-year training with Bruce Perry and have attended different workshops, presentations etc. on neuroscience, both online and at congresses all over the world. Speakers included Dan Siegel, Bruce Perry, Pat Ogden, Kathy Steele, Onno van der Hart, Joyanna Silberg, Dan Hughes, Debra Wessselman etc.
I self-study considerably, reading books related to neuroscience and therapy (Porges, Panksepp, Siegel, Schore, Rossouw, Grawe, Cozolino, Rustin, Montgomery, van der Kolk…)
My work is based on the integration of neuroscience and psychology and the principles of Neuropsychotherapy.
In my work, I carry a strong belief in the uniqueness and healing capabilities of my client (both child and adult) and focus on the therapeutic relationship, as I find it an important tool within the work I do.
I am also the founder of Traumacentre Belgium, a unique project in Belgium that mainly focuses on working with traumatized clients, on short term or in the long run, to help them recover and reestablish their daily lives. (www.traumacentrum .be)
I enjoy passing on my knowledge and experience by giving lectures, presentations, trainings and workshops. My special interest is early attachment trauma, trauma in elderly and in children...and the effects on mental health.