Dr. Marja Kuzmanic

I am a psychologist and counsellor, holding a PhD degree in clinical psychology and a Masters degree in social and developmental psychology. Furthermore, I completed a Masters degree in existential psychotherapy and counseling. I specialize in working with expats and international students, living in the Netherlands. Please see my Curriculum Vitae for more information about the professional background.

I come from a mixed Slovenian – Croatian cultural background and I have studied and lived in the Netherlands and United Kingdom. After having moved around for several years, I’ve settled in the Netherlands, where I currently live with my Dutch partner and our son. By now the Netherlands has become my third ‘home’. Besides knowing how it is to come from a mixed cultural background and have a cross-cultural relationship, I am professionally and personally 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 that can be enhanced by professional counselling. I find it incredibly interesting and fulfilling to be able to work with people from various cultural backgrounds, learn from their life stories, and search together with them for a way for them live a more satisfactory and balanced life.

Changing places and people around me several times in my life has undermined the taken-for-granted nature of life. It has made me search for and create meaning anew. I try to look beyond the traditional understandings that are provided to us by the surroundings, family and culture, which are often the source of our suffering or insecurity. I am inspired by the possibility of inquiring into the questions of the human condition and alleviating the problems or obstacles through counselling.

I am passionate about sports and nature, especially about the sea. I recognise how important it is to stay fit if you want to perform on a high level professionally. For me sport and movement are not only a way to set and achieve goals, stay fit or relax, but also a way to express emotion and build confidence. Staying fit means taking good care of one’s body and therefore of oneself. Mental and physical aspects of being human are inseparable and both equally important. Therefore they get equal attention in my life and my work with clients.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Marja Kuzmanić, PhD, MA, MPhil, BA, GZ-psycholoog (25-12-1983)




2008 – 2013      MA in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC), London, United Kingdom  (Graduated on June 28th 2013)


2006 – 2012      PhD in Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dissertation title: Suicide from an Existential-phenomenological Perspective: Sense or non-sense? (Graduated on March 26th 2012)


2005 – 2006      MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Dissertation title: Collective Memory of Changing Identities: A qualitative study examining memories related to the disintegration of former Yugoslavia  (Graduated on July 28th 2006)


2002 – 2005      BA in Social Science, University College Utrecht, Honours College of Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Major in Social Sciences (psychology and anthropology)

Minor in Humanities (philosophy)

Graduated on May 27th 2005 (Cum Laude)


1998 – 2002      Classical Gymnasium Poljane, Ljubljana, Slovenia



Professional Registrations


BIG register GZ-psycholoog: 89917986825


ABvC (Algemene Beroepsvereniging voor Counselling): 117876
Slovenian Psychologists’ Association (DPS)





October 2012 – present: Psychologist in private practice Inter-Being, Amsterdam & Groningen

-Multilingual psychological counselling and coaching

-Specialized in expats, TCK’s and international students

-Coaching and psychological support for athletes


January 2013 – present: Psychologist at Gestaltis, Center for Gestalt & Existential Psychology

 -Individual psychotherapy


June 2012 – present:     Psychologist, trainer & supervisor at Praktijk Hoek Melkweg

-Specialized psychological assistance for students in Groningen


 -Assertiveness training

-Supervision of junior psychologists


January 2013 – December 2013: Psychologist & researcher at PsyQ Groningen

-Department for personality disorders

-Individual psychotherapy under supervision


 -Psychodiagnostic testing

 -Research project Effectiveness of Mentalization Based Treatment


October 2007 – December 2011: Junior research fellow in psychology, psychiatry and mental health at Health Research Unit, Primorska Institute of Natural Science and Technology (UP PINT), University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia

-National & international mental health care research projects

-Project management & grant applications

-Suicide prevention projects and interventions

-PhD project


Examples of research projects:                           

  • eDepression: Ways of Improving Care of Depressive Patients: a clinical study aimed at improving the quality of care of persons with depressive disorder by means of information and communications technology (ICT).
  • SEYLE – Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe: Promoting health through the prevention of risk-taking and self-destructive behaviours.
  • An introduction to new intervention strategies for reducing suicidal behavior in Slovenia.




Other relevant work experience


February 2013 – present Coaching and psychological support for athletes at Kazemi Taekwondo Academie, Groningen, The Netherlands
September 2012 – January 2013 Supervised clinical placement at Dr. Weille psychotherapy practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
September 2009 – December 2010 Supervised clinical placement at the Slovenian Institute for Psychotherapy (SIP), Ljubljana, Slovenia
December 2008 – September 2009 Project Let’s talk about suicide amongst adolescents & contribution to the handbook Let’s talk about suicide amongst adolescents for school counsellors, Institute for Public Health, Ljubljana, Slovenia
March 2008 – December 2008 Member of an expert team examining institutional adherence to United Nations’ OPCAT (Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment), Peace Institute & Human Rights Ombudsman of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia

November 2007


November 2008

Guest lecturer in Research methods in management and social sciences, Faculty of Management, University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia
March 2007 – April 2010 Projects QUING (Quality in Gender+ Equality Policies) & FeMiPol (Integration of Female Immigrants in Labor Market and Society: Policy Assessment and Policy Recommendations), Peace Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

September 2006 –

September 2007

Psychological counselling, Student Organisation of the University of Ljubljana (ŠOU), Slovenia

September 2006 –

September 2007

Advisor for studying abroad for Slovenian students, Student Organisation of the University of Ljubljana (ŠOU), Slovenia
October 2006 – December 2008 Volunteer counsellor at the SOS help line for women and children victims of violence, Ljubljana, Slovenia





Trainings and workshops


March 2015 3-day introduction ‘Focusing’ for professionals in mental health care, FocusCentrum Aaffien de Vries, Norg, The Netherlands
October 2013 2-day VERS I training (STEPS in English), PsyQ, Groningen (to be completed in 2015)
September 2013 3-day training in diagnostic testing, Psychodiagnostic Center Lentis, Groningen
July 2008 5-day workshop in psychodrama, Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria
July – August 2008 Summer school in psychotherapy, Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria



Grants and awards


  • Zois scholarship for gifted students, Zavod RS za zaposlovanje / Slovenian Employment Agency, Ljubljana, Slovenia (1998 – 2007)
  • AD FUTURA Scholarship for studies abroad, Scientific – Educational Foundation of the Republic of Slovenia, Public Fund, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2002 – 2006)
  • 1st award for a research paper in psychology at the 35th national gathering of young researchers of Slovenia, 2001, Ljubljana (Paper title: Self Image of Adolescents and the Quality of Relations)
  • Homerton College Research Grant for research work, University of Cambridge





Kuzmanic, M. (2012). Suicide from an Existential-phenomenological Perspective: Sense or non-sense? Published by Marja Kuzmanić, Ljubljana, 2012.


Roskar, S., Podlesek, A., Kuzmanic, M., Omejc Demsar, L., Zaletel, M. & Marusic, A. (2011). Suicide risk and its relationship to change in marital status. Crisis, vol. 32, no. 1, 24-30.


Meglic, M., Furlan., M., Kuzmanic, M., Kozel, D., Baraga, D., Kuhar, I., Kosir, B., Iljaz, R., Novak Šarotar, B., Dernovsek M. Z., Marusic, A. & Brodnik, A. (2010). Feasibility of an eHealth service to support collaborative depression care: results of a pilot study. JMIR, J. med. internet res., vol. 12, no. 5, . e63/1-e63/12 http://www.jmir.org/2010/5/e63/


Kuzmanic, M. & Postuvan, V. (2010). Qualitative research in suicidology: values, strengths and ethical issues. XI Workshop of Qualitative Research in Psychology (2010): The values in qualitative research, March 12th -14th 2010 in Sassari, Sardinia, Italy.


Kuzmanic, M. (2009). Mladi o samomoru in iskanju pomoči / Adolescents about suicide and seeking help. In: Roskar, S., Tancic, A., Postuvan, V., Kuzmanic, M., Groleger, U. Spregovorimo o samomoru med mladimi / Let’s talk about suicide amongst adolescents. Ljubljana: Inštitut za varovanje zdravja RS, 2009, 65-71.


Kuzmanic, M. (2008). Validity in Qualitative Research: Interview and the Appearance of Truth through Dialogue. Psihološka obzorja. Horizons of Psychology, 18 (2), 39-50.


Kuzmanic, M. (2008). Collective Memory and Social Identity: A social psychological exploration of the memories of the disintegration of former Yugoslavia. Psihološka obzorja. Horizons of Psychology, 17(2), 5-26.


Kuzmanic, M. (2008). Collective Memory of Changing Identities: An exploration of memories and identities related to the disintegration of Yugoslavia. Dve domovini. Two homelands, 27, 151-168.


Kuzmanic, M. (2008). Existential Psychotherapy: evaluation and applicability issues. KairosSlovenian Journal of Psychotherapy, 2 (3/4), 61-71.


Meglic, M., Kuzmanic, M., Kozel, D., Brodnik, A., Marusic, D., Marusic, A. (2008). Boljsezdravje.si = Improvehealth.eu. Bilt.-ekon. organ. inform. zdrav., 24,  41-42.



Relevant skills


Languages Computer skills Skills and hobbies
Slovenian (native)

English (fluent)

Dutch (fluent; NT2 B2)

Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian (fluent)

Macedonian (intermediate)

Spanish (beginner)

German (beginner)

MS Windows (2k, NT, XP, Vista)

MS Office package

Mac OS X



Adobe Photoshop






Jogging & Hiking

Skiing & Snowboarding