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Existential crisis | Identity crisis | Career crisis

Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Working worldwide
I cannot make your life easier, but I can make it easier to live.
* Psychologist specialised in Existential Therapy
* Trained in Meaning-Centered Therapy
* Certified Hypnotherapist
* "Workplace Wellbeing" Program Director at Vrije Universiteit
* PhD in Organizational Behavior
* Career strategist and "Happiness at Work" practitioner
* Emotional Intelligence coach

Who is an existential psychologist?
Existential psychologists, therapists and coaches specialise on the challenges of the human condition: being, choice, freedom, death, isolation, and meaninglessness.

One of the primary aims of existential psychologists is to help clients face life challenges in their personal way. We train clients in the art of living and assists them in developing mechanisms to deal with the inevitable problems, difficulties and crises.

Existential psychologists will encourage people to live life by their own standards, rather than try to cure or change them. Throughout the therapy we facilitate clients' own encounters with themselves and work alongside them as they explore their core values, assumptions and ideas.

We enable people to get perspective, to make sense of the world and navigate life. Unlike other types of therapies, we interact with clients on a human-to-human level and look to help clients live more authentically by being less concerned with superficiality.
    Why work with an existential psychologist?
    • You experience an existential crisis and question "what's life for?"
      Some people succeed in living in a relatively detached way, mechanically and routinely moving along life. Others, however, desperately need to feel that they are indeed alive. For them life is inherently anxiety-provoking and they often struggle with the "Big Questions": What is life for? What is life about? How do I make something of it?

      The intense search for meaning, for making something out of nothing, is often called an existential crisis. Experiencing an existential crisis means ruminating over the fact that life is inherently pointless, that our existence has no meaning beyond the meaning we give it, that we have the full freedom to be (or not to be) and this makes us ultimately and solely responsible for what we make out of life.

      Existential crises are indicative of a certain level of awareness in a person. The psychologist will use this awareness, and encourage the client to follow it, until it brings them answers about their authentic way of living.
    • You are going through an identity or career crisis
      Who am I? Who am I as a person? Who am I as a professional?
      Identity crises happen when we start questioning the very core of our personality - values, beliefs, fundamental assumptions. These questions are the tenets of existential psychology. In sessions, we often encourage clients to recognise truths about themselves that they had not previously known were there. This goes into the direction of fuller awareness of client's personality and life priorities. We often explore the topics of freedom (including the freedom to be yourself), choices or inertia and our ultimate responsibility for our lives. This often brings to a greater excitement about life and client's authentic way of living.
    • You don't want a traditional approach to psychotherapy
      Instead of scrutinising your past, an existential psychologist will encourage you to analyse past choices and reclaim your authenticity and freedom. The aim is to clarify, reflect upon and understand life. Focus is on analysing life rather than on analysing client's personality because we believe that every client can embrace the art of living. Also, if you are philosophically minded, you will like this approach because of its groundedness in philosophical thinking.
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