Psychological help for expats

Are you fed up with feeling down?
Are you feeling stuck?
Do you want to feel better?

Private therapy with a Chartered Psychologist.

My name is drs. Gert-Jan Hofman, I’m based in The Hague and I offer individual private therapy for a range of issues.

I am a chartered psychologist specialized in the field of primary psychological care. I’m registered with the Dutch Health Professionals Council (BIG) and chartered by the Dutch Psychological Societie NIP en the Dutch EMDR Society (VEN). I qualified at University College Utrecht in 1974 and worked in the field of mental health since and I have been employed in several health care settings.

The work of a clinical psychologist aims to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological wellbeing. I have worked both adults and adolescents with a wide range of psychological difficulties, including stress, insecurity, anxiety, depression, burnout, trauma, PTSD, relationship problems, self-esteem and identity problems, giftedness, etc.

My training enables me to draw upon evidence based psychological models, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Relational Therapy and EMDR.

What to expect:

The first time I meet a new person for therapy I spend one or two sessions working through an assessment, where we discuss the issues or difficulties which that person would like to work on. We develop a problem list and goals for therapy and this will then form the basis from which to focus the sessions. This can sometimes change as therapy progresses and underlying difficulties are brought to the surface.

Most often the approach I use is based upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT aims to help people identify the links between their thinking, their emotions and physical sensations, and their behaviours. Working from a CBT framework I help people to notice unhelpful thinking patterns and I teach techniques and strategies that can be practised and used to reduce emotional distress.

Of course, we are all individuals and to help shape therapy to fit each ones specific needs I draw also upon other therapies, such as:

  • Solution Focused Therapy, which focusses on inner strengths rather than weaknesses.
  • EMDR is the treatment of choice in dealing with PTSD and other psychological problems caused by traumatic experiences.

As a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, I adhere to strict standards of confidentiality.

Contact me

If you would like to get in touch, please feel free to call or send me a brief email and I will get back to you promptly.

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Address:

Platinaweg 25
2544EZ The Hague
The Netherlands
06- 38 74 18 71

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