DR. MARJA KUZMANIC

Dr. Marja Kuzmanic

In 2012 I founded the psychological practice for expats and international students Inter-Being Psychologists. I hold a PhD degree in clinical psychology and a Masters degree in social and developmental psychology. I also completed a Masters degree in existential psychotherapy and counseling, which is based on the ideas of the philosophy of existentialism and how these can help us live a better, more authentic, life. From an existential point of view, mental health problems are not viewed as mental illness but as problems in living. Several other forms of psychotherapy were also part of my training, such as mindfulness, Gestalt, focusing, psychoanalysis, cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychodrama.

 

I specialize in working with expats and international students, and I have also worked with clients suffering from addiction. I help clients find their own authentic answers to problems through a relationship based on mutual respect, equality and empowerment. Therapy for me is about creating connections: with yourself, with others and with life as such.

 

My cultural background is mixed Slovenian – Croatian and I have studied and lived in Slovenia, the Netherlands and United Kingdom. Currently, I live in Amsterdam with my Dutch partner and our son. I work as a psychologist and supervisor in Amsterdam and Groningen. I give psychotherapy in English, Dutch, Slovenian and Croatian. Besides knowing how it is to come from a mixed cultural background and have a cross-cultural relationship, I am also familiar with the challenges that a move to a new country entails. It can be an overwhelming experience, during which new issues arise and the old ones gain strength. At the same time, it represents an amazing potential for personal growth.

 

Registrations / memberships:

GZ-psycholoog (Registered Health Care Psychologist)

PSYCHOLOOG NIP – Nederlandse Instituut van Psychologen

Društvo Psihologov Slovenije (Slovenian Psychologists’ Association)

NVGzP – Nederlandse Vereniging voor Gezonheidszorgpsychologie en haar specialismen