From a very early age, I’ve always been inquisitive and fascinated by everything that was considered outside ‘the norm’

Thinking outside the box enables me to be open-minded. I discover a silver lining in every situation and never underestimate the importance of empathy and intuition. These traits combined with a natural ‘click’ with children have been leading attributes towards the setting up of Time to Talk.

Setting up of Time to Talk

Below you can read about my personal and professional experiences that contributed to the creation of Time to Talk.
When I grow up…

From the moment I started out as a babysitter during my high school years and later working as a nanny, I knew for sure: my purpose later in life had to consist of working with children and their parents. Being a good parent is the most important, yet one of the most challenging jobs in the world. Parenting is often expected to run smoothly, even though it is performed alongside many other roles and without much training or feedback. Not to mention the increasing pressure society imposes on children.

Whilst observing local and expat families around me, I regularly noticed that they benefited from a bit of extra support. Consequently, problems were prevented and, as a result, created room for growth. That ‘bit of extra support’ was something I wanted to become.

A wealth of experience

After studying educational and developmental psychology, I started working in child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry. This seemed to be the place where I could gather the most diverse experience. And so it turned out to be. I was able to greatly expand my knowledge in regards to the field of psychology and psychiatry and learned largely about the pros and cons of internal and external hierarchical organization structures.

To become further acquainted with relatively less challenging situations, I worked as a freelance psychologist for private practices. In addition, to gain further practical experience in the field of education, I worked as a school psychologist within kindergarten, junior, middle, and high schools, since children spend a great amount of their time at school, and teachers, adjacent to parents, also play a big role in the development of a child. 

My own practice

Whilst working in child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry, I started my own practice. More than ever, I was motivated to prevent rather than cure. I gathered a substantial amount of knowledge whilst traveling and working as a nanny. I have also encountered highly positive and challenging experiences during my studies and career, and these have provided me with a very clear view on ‘what works’, and, equally as important, what doesn’t.

Based on the above, I nowadays work full-time for my own practice. My personal interest in and extensive experience with many different cultures make it a true gift and pleasure to be able to work with local families, as well as the expat community.

Over the years, I’ve only become more enthusiastic about my profession: I keep perceiving children as being the most remarkable little, yet big miracles and have great respect for all parents who, on a daily basis, make an effort to complete their tasks to the best of their capabilities. Moreover, when it is needed and wanted, I provide them with a ‘bit of extra support’.

Curriculum Vitae

Below, you will find a summarized version of my C.V. consisting of my studies, diploma’s, work experience as well as my present memberships. You can view my full C.V. on LinkedIn.

Work experience

2012 – present
Guest lectures and presentations at local as well as international universities, schools, TEDx, bookstores and companies; vlogs for MommyProof.TV/Prénatal.

2009 – present
Psychologist in an independent practice, working full-time since 2014.

2012 – 2014
School Psychologist at an educational consulting bureau.

2007 – 2012
Psychologist in the field of child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry.

2006 – 2007
Sociotherapist in the field of child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry.

2005 – 2006
Volunteer in a buddy-program.

Education

2016 – 2017 
Integrative nutrition health coach – training program.

2014 – 2015
Children’s yoga instructor – training program.

2012 – 2013
Taakspeltrainer – training program (Taakspel is an educational game with the objective of improving teacher-student relationships as well as the class environment)

2006 – 2007
Social skills trainer – training program.

2001 – 2005
Educational and Developmental Psychology at the University of Leiden (NL).

Certificates

2017
Integrative nutrition health coach certificate.

2015
Children’s yoga instructor diploma.

2013
Taakspeltrainer license. 

2009
PSYCHOLOOG NIP (professional trademark).

2007
Social skills trainer license.

2005
BasisAantekening PsychoDiagnostiek NIP (basic diagnostic registration).

2005
Doctorandus Degree in Psychology.

Memberships

2015 – present
Member of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition – IIN.

2012 – present
International affiliate member of the American Psychology Association (APA).

2012 – present
Member of InterNations, the world’s number one expat community online.

2012 – present
Member of the Dutch ADHD network.

2004 – present
Member of the Dutch Institute for Psychologists (NIP).

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