I began my intensive study of Jungian psychology in 1989 when I was still in the middle of my career as research scientist in Nutrition and Metabolism. At that point, I was still passionate about biochemistry and physiology – and our bodies' miraculous metabolic and regulatory processes – but the actual day to day activities were no longer compelling. During a hiatus from work, a life-changing insight came to me.
My fascination with Jungian psychology had led me to attend the film series, “The Way of the Dream.” While watching, I became so excited by the practical power of von Franz’s dream interpretations that I was nearly jumping out of my seat. Then, alone in the theater between showings, I suddenly had a flash of insight: “I want to become a Jungian analyst!” In other words, I wanted to learn to work with dreams and psyche so I could help people in this most practical and effective way.
To re-train from biochemistry to psychology was a long road but in 2004 I was certified by the IAAP (Individual Route) and for 26 years now I have a private practice providing psychotherapy, couple’s counseling and Jungian analysis. I’ve also been giving lectures and creating Jungian educational programs, which next to analytic work with individuals is a great passion: bringing Jung to life for people, no matter their level of experience.
I continue to study all aspects of analytical psychology as well as keep track of new developments in neuroscience and psychodynamics. With my background in physiology, it’s natural for me to want to understand the interconnection between psyche and soma.
My orientation can be called ‘classical Jungian’ and I bring to my analytic work a broad range of life and work experiences that include teen-age fashion model in NYC and Europe, waitress, long term student, teacher, research scientist, hospital administrator, professional editor and translator (Dutch to English) and eventually Jungian analyst and doctor of clinical psychology.
My home office is in the Netherlands and I take appointments and teach on-line internationally. I can also meet in person during my stays in Zürich and the US.