“We find peace and happiness in the now, between our predictions of the future and reliving our past.”

Why having therapy?

Therapy can make lasting positive changes and is therefore a good investment in yourself. On the one hand, life has difficult moments, on the other hand, they are an opportunity to become wiser and stronger. Your perseverance with which you work on yourself says something about you, not your problem. To contact Drs. Sarah Boon, hypnotherapist and ACT therapist in Amsterdam, click here. 

In the therapy sessions you will learn to experience your thoughts and emotions in the here and now without rejection or resistance. You can't force yourself not to think or feel certain things, it will only make things worse. ''Do not think of a pink elephant!' It is not about me using magic to let your problems, emotions or memories disappear. It's about you not experiencing these things as a problem anymore. This is how we create a useful toolbox for the future because you will learn to think in a more helpful way in a short time. Together we discover which things are important to you and how you can move in that direction. Your life starts to feel more meaningful and you regain control.

What is ACT therapy?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy focuses on six different aspects.
  • Acceptance. Learning to react more compassionate to unpleasant inner processes.
  • Defusion. Learning how to detach yourself from troublesome thoughts and emotions.
  • Self-image. A healthy relationship with yourself.
  • Here and now. Being present in the moment.
  • Values. What would you like to be your life about?
  • Behavior change. Live a values based life.

Ons brein is een orgaan dat de hele dag door voorspellingen doet en verbanden legt. Veel dingen die wij denken zijn helemaal niet waar. Desalniettemin bepalen ze hoe wij de werkelijkheid ervaren.  We ervaren leed waneer we verdrietige gebeurtenissen uit ons verleden herbeleven of rampscenario’s bedenken over de toekomst. Het verhaal dat we vertellen over onszelf zit nog al eens vol oordelen en verwijten. Onze gedachten maar ook emotionele staten die we ervaren kunnen ondraaglijk lijken. Met ACT technieken verander je jouw perspectief zodat je ervaringen, maar ook de daadwerkelijke ups en downs van het leven geen probleem meer voor je zijn. ACT noemt dit psychological flexibilityt. There is then room to manifest your deepest values in the here and now.

What is hypnotherapy?

When your mind is crowded with thoughts, you are less able to get to the core of your problem. We do pleasant relaxation exercises to bring your thoughts to the background. There are many misunderstandings about what exactly trance means because there are many forms of trance. Ultimately, the hypnotic or therapeutic trance is nothing more than a pleasant relaxation and mental clarity. This allows you to work with your unconscious thought processes, a deeper layer that can provide a lot of insight. Furthermore, I use many proven psychotherapeutic techniques to treat a wide range of complaints. If you don't want to go into hypnosis, this is no problem.

Is the therapy reimbursed?

In many cases there will be (partial) reimbursement, depending on your healthcare insurance. More information can be found on this page.

What is the course of the therapy?

If you come to have therapy, we first have an intake session. We will set clear goals to work towards. Often I end an intake session with hypnosis or mindfulness based relaxation exercises. I will make a treatment programme for our next sessions in which we will deal with your problem. Everyone is unique and the process differs per person. On average, it takes about two to seven sessions spread over several weeks to months.