Sarah Baaijen, MSc

Sarah Baaijen

I was born in the Netherlands and my first abroad experience was in 2008 where I studied as an exchange student at the University of Sussex in England. In 2012, I took a big leap of faith and decided to move to the San Francisco Bay Area in order to learn from pioneers in the field of alternative medicine, consciousness studies, and mental health. I have lived as an expat in the United States for over 8 years and have experienced that moving to another country can affect a person on all levels. Going through the challenges of living in a foreign country has taught me the importance of staying present and connected to myself, honoring what brings me joy, and to be open to life’s guidance.


In 2010, I completed a Master’s Degree at the University of Amsterdam in Clinical Neuropsychology and I obtained a second Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from California State University, East Bay. I have worked as a neurofeedback trainer and psychologist in both The Netherlands and the United States. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, and trauma with both adolescents and adults.  Currently, I am participating in a training on internal family systems (IFS). This is an evidence-based model that believes that the mind consists of multiple parts (comparative to a family) and that this is a good thing. In IFS all our inner parts are welcome and they all have a function. It assumes that our core Self knows how to heal and how to become a more integrated whole.


My approach is client centered, so I will tailor the therapy based on your needs, interests, culture and worldview. I see myself as standing next to you and providing support as you become more aware of your internal world so you can feel more aligned with your life path. In my sessions, I use motivational interviewing, psychodynamic theory (attachment based), depth psychology (dreamwork), somatics, and internal family systems.


I provide therapy in English and Dutch in Amsterdam.


Registration/ Membership:
Psycholoog NIP – Nederlands Instituut voor Psychologen