My approach can be best described as integrative or holistic. Since I have been trained in psychology and psychotherapy, my main tool is confidential conversation. Being able to confine and to feel understood have incredible effects on one’s well-being. Besides trying to understand the complexity of one’s problems, I also engage in activating one’s potential, help the client to assume responsibility for one’s choices and confront what has been avoided. In my work with clients, I also stress the importance of the body’s knowledge and physical fitness for our well-being. I advise about sports or diet if necessary.
I have been trained in clinical psychology as well as existential therapy and counselling. The latter is based on the ideas of the philosophy of existentialism and how these can help us live a better, more authentic, life. Several other forms of psychotherapy and counselling were also part of my training, such as psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioural, mindfulness, Gestalt, and psychodrama. These approaches together inform my integrative way of working as a psychologist and coach. Amongst many other authors and practitioners, I find a lot of inspiration in the works of Irvin Yalom, Erich Fromm and Eugene Gendlin.
As there is no convincing scientific evidence for superiority of one therapeutic approach, I adapt my way of working so that it suits the client’s needs. I strive to help my clients to find their own answers and solutions to problems through a relationship based on mutual respect, equality and empowerment. In my opinion, such an approach is the best guarantee for long-term improvement or change.
As an expat, having recently moved to the Netherlands, I found myself struggling with loneliness, homesickness and not being able to find a job on my level. I developed doubts about my capabilities. After a couple of sessions with Marja, I managed to give myself more time and make the steps that brought me further in my integration process.
I am a UK resident working in Holland for most of the week. I was going through a difficult time dealing with a close friends suicide, pressure involved with being away from family and work issues involved with promotion and future planning, I searched on the internet and was looking for English speaking, Holland based support. I found Marja very professional, objective, supportive and a good listener.
I needed a safe place, where I would feel understood and listened to. I definitely found this with Dr. Kuzmanic. Her approach was supportive yet, at the same time, just enough confronting for me to be able to overcome the obstacles that prevented me from moving forward in my work and relationship. When I looked for advice, she helped me discover that I know best what is good for me.