Individual and Couple Therapy Sessions

Do you need a safe supportive space to tell your story? Feeling anxious or depressed? Struggling with your relationships? Tired of repeating the same patterns over and over again? 

Therapy can help!

I offer therapy sessions in English or Arabic, in the Hague and online.

I would be honored to go on this journey with you!

ABOUT ME

As a counseling psychologist, I aim to create a safe space for my clients of all ages, genders, sexualities, religions, and lifestyles. I am here to listen to your story and help you make sense of it. 

I find that my main role is to empower my clients to find their answers within themselves. Change can only last when it starts within from an authentic place. I can accompany you and support you on your journey of self discovery, but only you can guide the way forward. 

Having lived as an expat and an international student in different countries, I understand the struggles that come with adjusting to a new culture and of not fully belonging in one place.

Education and Training:

– Psychology and Communications B.A. ; Rutgers University, U.S.A.

– Psychology with an Emphasis on Counseling M.A.; Webster University, The Netherlands

– Clinical Psychology training; Behman Hospital, Egypt

– Gottman Couple Therapy Training Level 1; Netherlands

– (Currently enrolled): Gestalt Therapy Training; NSG, The Netherlands

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

– Carl Jung

"Everything can be taken from a man, but the last of the human freedoms: to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances"

– Viktor Frankl

"Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose it's meaning if it were not balanced by sadness."

– Carl G. Jung

"Boundaries are the distance at which I can love you and me simultaneously.”

– Prentis Hemphil

"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how."

– Friedrich Nietzsche

I can help you with…

Support

Sometimes all we need is for someone to listen. This is a safe space for you to tell your story and process your emotions. I am here to listen and help you sift through it.

Increasing Self Awareness

If you are looking to develop a deeper understanding of yourself and how you developed into the person you are today.  I would be honored to go on this journey of self discovery with you.

Improving Interpersonal Relationships 

Sometimes we get stuck with unhelpful communication patterns, boundaries, or thinking styles. Identifying these patterns, how you contribute to them, and what you can do differently can vastly improve the quality of your relationship with your partner, parent, sibling, friend, or coworker.

Reducing Symptoms

If you are struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, grief, or stress, I can help you understand the underlying cause of these feelings and we can work together to make changes if necessary.

My Approach & Philosophy

Picture credit: Jitze Couperus via flickr

HOW I WORK

Using a client centered approach, I work with you to construct a treatment method that suits your needs and matches your pace. No one approach works for everyone and together we will take time to find what resonates with you. Typically we will start with an intake session to discuss what brings you to therapy and I will ask you some background information to get to know you better. Afterwards, we will move forward together and attend to any feelings or thoughts that you come in with and let the course of therapy unfold over time. My approach is inspired by a combination of Psychodynamic, Existential, and Gestalt therapies.

IN DEPTH REFLECTION FOR LONG TERM CHANGE

My approach to treatment is inspired by existential and psychodynamic therapies. By taking a closer look at more subtly recurring patterns throughout your life, we can better understand how you’ve developed into the person you are today. Self understanding is an incredibly empowering tool. Developing a deeper understanding of yourself and your motivations helps you increase self compassion and acceptance, while also making the necessary changes to help you live a more authentic life.

THE NAUTILUS METAPHOR

When the Nautilus outgrows its’ chamber, it builds a bigger chamber as an extension to the same shell. This limitless potential makes for a great metaphor for psychological growth. There is always more room to grow.

Too often we try to leave parts of ourselves or our stories behind that don’t fit us anymore or that we are ashamed of. Alternatively, in the same way that the Nautilus builds upon  and expands its’ shell, we can build upon our pasts. Transforming ourselves and moving forward instead of attempting to discard or forget the past which has brought us here. In this way, our understanding of our past selves acts as the basis for new growth.

The helix shape found inside the nautilus shell is also often used as a symbol for resilience. I find that humans are extremely resilient beings, though we don’t always recognize it in ourselves. I work with my clients to empower them to see and cultivate their own resilience.

Get In Touch

Email

farida@fw-psychmology.com

Office Address

Parkstraat 22, 2514JK, Den Haag

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