Narcisistic abuse or neglect in the formative years or within your relationship can lead to chronic stress. As a result, victims often develop psychological or physical problems such as depression, emotional flattening or social anxiety. Continuous feelings of despair, distrust or sadness also often find their origin in emotional neglect or abuse.
Perhaps you have been in contact with someone suffering from an (undiagnosed) narcissistic personality disorder. The core of the issue for someone suffering from such a disorder is that they are often not capable of taking responsibility for their own behavior.
When you realize you are dealing with, or have dealt with, a narcissistic person in your life and the impact of such dealings start to resonate with you, this can cause a rollercoaster of emotions. Bad experiences as a result of narcissistic abuse can even result in psychological trauma within their victims.
The effects of emotional abuse
Issues resulting from abuse can be difficult to indicate. The sense that something is wrong with you, without being able to put your finger on what exactly that may be, can instill a sense of loneliness into victims of emotional abuse. Perhaps you have never related your distress to events from the past.
On this website, I offer you a lot of information about these topics. It will hopefully provide some insight into what happened to you and the damage that may have caused, as well as helpful advice to make dealing with the results of this damage more manageable. I intend to help you feel heard and understood through the means of this website.
Treatment of trauma
I offer counseling focused on trauma therapy. My approach is focused on strengthening your sense of self and your identity. During the journey toward your recovery, we focus on building your sense of autonomy, discovering and safeguarding your boundaries and increasing your resilience.
In addition to regular treatment I can, if you like, create a holistic treatment plan based on a natural recovery of stress-based issues. Rebalancing, a body-oriented therapy, helps you create space for your emotions and makes healing easier.
Over the last couple years, I have gathered knowledge and experience around issues parents can face when dealing with organizations such as the Dutch equivalent of Child Protective Services. If necessary, I can help you deal with these organizations in the best possible way and provide you with a list of lawyers that are experienced in dealing with divorce battles.
I assist individual adults and adolescents as well as couples in dealing with these often sensitive and heartbreaking issues. Please take your time when browsing this page, perhaps it provides you with answers to some of your questions. As a source of information, it is far from complete, so if you are missing anything or have ideas as to how to improve it, please let me know. You are also welcome to join our closed Facebook group for interesting articles concerning these issues.
In my practice in Amsterdam I offer victims of emotional abuse a broad range of treatment options. If you live in the Netherlands, treatment is reimbursed in whole or in part by most insurers through supplemental insurance for alternative medicine. Click here for an overview of the coverage per insurer. At the end of each session you will receive an invoice which can be submitted to the insurer. Please, bring your health insurance card to the first consultation. As a therapist, I’m a member of the NWP professional association.
Payment by debit card is accepted at the practice.
If you are living outside the Netherlands you can also make an appointment for a Skype or FaceTime consultation. Skype or FaceTime sessions have shown to be very effective and in this way, I’m of service to clients in New York, France and London. These sessions are not covered by insurance.