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, client-centered therapy, Gestalt, focusing, psychoanalysis, cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychodrama. I hold the certificate for Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1: Bridging the Couple Chasm. At the moment, I am in ongoing training to become Focusing Oriented Therapist and trainer. Focusing is a natural process of listening to the wisdom of our body, to the inner sense of knowing, that can be used in psychotherapy to facilitate long-term change. It can also contribute to personal growth and creativity.
I specialize in working with expats and international students, and I have also worked with clients suffering from addiction. I aim to help clients find their own authentic answers to problems through a relationship based on mutual respect, equality and empowerment. Therapy for me is about (re)creating connections: with yourself, with others and with life as such. At Inter-Being Psychologists, I am the main practitioner. I work as a psychologist and supervisor in Amsterdam and Groningen, I give psychotherapy in English, Dutch, Slovenian and Croatian.
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. 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:
BIG register GZ-psycholoog (Registered Health Care Psychologist): 89917986825
PSYCHOLOOG NIP – Nederlandse Instituut van Psychologen
Društvo Psihologov Slovenije (Slovenian Psychologists’ Association)
NVGzP – Nederlandse Vereniging voor Gezonheidszorgpsychologie en haar specialismen