How the title of Expat psychologist was born
When I arrived in The Netherlands over a decade ago, it surprised me when one of my Dutch colleagues said there’s no practice to help expats specifically and that there was no service that offered support to expats. He suggested to me: ” Why don’t you start one, because you have both the education and the expat experience to provide the services these expats need.
I knew that using my experiences living in different countries, and my broad education in psychology, I could help expats work through their hardships. And before I knew the title of Expat Psychologist was born. Shortly after, I set up my own psychological practice in The Netherlands and became the first Expat Psychologist. I felt that as an expat myself, it would be a perfect opportunity to build a service that helps expats to face their challenges.
At Expat Psychologist, today we offer support not only to the expat community but also to their spouses and their children. Our client circle includes ambassadors, international students, people who are working for international companies, NGO’s or UN-umbrella companies. Our clients come from many different backgrounds with even more versatile stories, and with all sorts of challenges. Our goal is to always be there for our expat community – so, they know that help is readily available to them whenever they need it.
August 2010 – Leiden, The Netherlands
1st office in Leiden
The idea of this practice was born shortly after I arrived in The Netherlands, following my passion to offer high-quality support to people who live far away from home.
June 2014 – The Hague, The Netherlands
2nd office in The Hague
I felt that as an expat myself, it would be a perfect opportunity to build a service that helps expats to face their challenges.
November 2018 – Geneva, Switzerland
3rd office in Geneva
With the dream to help expats all over the world, I also expanded my reach to Switzerland. Amongst our clients, you can find expats working for large international companies, embassies, NGO’s, and Hollywood.
February 2020 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
4th office in Amsterdam
A decade later Expat Psychologist grew to be one of the leading expat-focused services in the Netherlands with several locations throughout the country. One of them is location in Amsterdam.
October 2021 – success project with a Dutch Ministry
A large success project providing psychological support to the large community of (international) students funded by the national program of the education system.
January 2023 – Zurich, Switzerland
5th office in Zurich
Expanding Suisse practice to Zurich – transparent, affordable, easy to access, efficient, and effective. Our goal is to always be there for our expat community – so, they know that help is readily available to them whenever they need it.
2010 – 2023 today
Leading International practice with a team of many amazing psychologists
Being a good leader is very important to me. My idea of leadership involves a subtle tango between identifying my own personal strengths as a leader, and the needs of people I wish to lead.