“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 an investment in yourself. A difficult period is an opportunity to grow. How you help yourself to move forward says something about you, not your problem.
Life itself has difficult moments, but events in our inner world are also sometimes tough to accept. Think of painful thoughts, emotions or feelings. How do you deal with these things when they get in the way of living the life you want? I would love to help you break free so you can focus on the things that are important to you.
What is ACT therapy?
ACT is an abbreviation for acceptance and commitment therapy. This form of therapy strives for openness and awareness when it comes to your inner world (accentance) and an active, involved attitude when it comes to your actions (commitment).
In many places therapy is still give based on diagnoses. Of course this can provide direction. However, a diagnosis does not immediately give the therapist insight into how someone can best be helped. Also working with protocols does not always produce the desired result. After all, they are standard models that are not tailored to the individual. Every client and request for help are unique.
ACT therapy is process-oriented evidence-based therapy. This is the view of the latest generation of behavioral scientists. Decades of research show which inner events (or processes) cause us suffering, but also which processes make us psychologically flexible and experience a meaningful life.
Working with the ACT model, as a therapist I can focus on specific processes. I freely use techniques that suit you and your complaint and aim for lasting positive change. Hypnosis is one of these techniques and an ACT session can sometimes simply become a hypnosis session or vice versa. Just what helps you move forward best.
You will also learn new ways to deal with difficult matters that you can apply for the rest of your life.
The ACT model focuses on the processes below.
- Acceptance. Can you open yourself up to the things going on inside you?
- Defusion. Can you break free from painful thoughts?
- Self-image. Do you experience yourself as a conscious person who perceives thoughts and feelings?
- Here and now. Are you paying attention to the present moment?
- Values. Do you have clarity on what things are deeply important to you?
- Values based action. Are your actions moving you towards the things that really matter?
What is hypnotherapy?
Therapeutic hypnosis is a technique that leads to pleasant relaxation and mental clarity. The conscious, critical thinking is brought to the background. This allows me to provide helpful suggestions that have a positive influence on your thinking and acting. In certain cases, changes can take place more quickly in trance.
Hypnotherapy is imagination therapy. As a therapist, I speak more than you during the hypnosis exercises and while you listen to my voice you can experience all kinds of images, ideas and feelings in your inner world.
Hypnotherapy is the treatment of choice for somatically unexplainable disorders. Clients are regularly referred by doctors for complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome and chronic pain.
When you respond well to hypnosis, it can be a very powerful tool. Those who do not want or cannot go into hypnosis will not experience any obstacles with me for following therapy.
What is the course of the therapy?
In the sessions I combine talk therapy with imagination exercises (possibly in hypnosis), self-examination or mindfulness-based attention exercises. When you come for the first time, we first have an intake session. This leads to insight and overview when it comes to your complaint. We then set clear goals that we will work on together. Finally, I make a treatment plan for our next sessions in which we will actually solve your problem. Because everyone is unique, the process differs per person. On average, people attend two to seven sessions spread over several weeks to months.
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.