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Meet the Counsellors

The ACCESS Counselling Network, made up of the Counsellors listed below are at the heart of ACCESS. Every month two are on-call to receive your call for assistance, and will refer you to the most appropriate support you need. You can view their profiles below, and get in touch, or find out who is on-call, or contact them via this link.

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Angelika Matthias location: The Hague

Nationality: German

Language skills: German and English

Insurance: International Insurance only

NIP: yes

BIG: n/a

ACCESS start date: October 2020


  • M.A. Counselling Psychology (US)
  • Psycholoog NIP
  • Supervisor ICEEF (Canada)
  • EFT (Germany)

Practice Description

“I am a Psychological Counsellor (born 1964), who lives in The Hague. I completed my Master of Community/Clinical Counselling at the Webster University in Leiden.

I am also a certified therapist and supervisor according to the Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy approach from the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).

I am a member of ICEEFT and the EFT Community Deutschland e. V. (

I am registered as a psychotherapist with NIP (Nederlands Instituut voor Psychologen) and follow the ethical rules and guidelines Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy of NIP. Through ongoing intervision and supervision I keep up-todate on new developments.

I offer psychotherapy for individual and couples. My approach is person-centered, existential humanistic and experiential. On top of my qualifications I have followed mindfulness trainings which I integrate into my sessions. I see my role of your therapist as a process consultant- as someone who walks with my clients through their painful experience and together, we explore new ways of dealing with their own experiences. An emotional coherent sense of self helps you face the challenges of life with more energy. It is our goal to get your emotional balance back (as a couple or an individual) and above all make more room for you to learn and grow.”

You can learn more about Angelika Matthias by visiting her website:

Angelika is part of our Counsellors on Call team.

Ann Kuis practice location(s): Rotterdam and Schoonhoven

Nationality: British/Scottish

Language skills: English

Insurance: n/a

NIP: n/a

BIG: n/a

ACCESS Start date: March 2015


  • M.A. Counselling
  • B.Sc. Psychology
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychoanalytical Observational Studies
  • Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy
  • Licensed Counselling Psychologist (DHA, UAE)

Practice Description

Ann Kuis:  counselling and psychotherapy for adults, couples, teenagers and families.

‘My approach is integrative and client-centred incorporating psychodynamic, psychoanalytical and cognitive behavioural therapies based on the individual needs of clients. Living and practicing abroad for 17 years in Singapore, Bombay and Dubai, I have extensive international clinical experience with a broad range of clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. I work with adults, couples, teenagers and families.

Working from an integrative perspective, Ann utilises client-centred, cognitive behavioural, psychoananlytical and mindfulness therapy approaches depending on the specific needs of her clients.

Trained also in marital and relationship therapy, Ann has 17 years experience helping couples. As part of her couple therapy work and interventions, she incorporates Imago Therapy and Emotional Focussed Therapy approaches and techniques to facilitate the process of couples building more satisfying and fulfilling relationships.

Areas in which Ann can help individuals, couples and families, include, but are not limited to the following:

  • General discontent/unhappiness
  • Low self esteem
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Stress/Burnout
  • Panic symptoms/Panic attacks
  • Phobia
  • Grief and loss
  • Postnatal and anti-natal depression
  • Infertility issues and challenges
  • Marital and relationship problems
  • Family problems/issues
  • Work-related problems
  • Anger management
  • Sexual orientation/gender issues

You can learn more about Ann Kuis by visiting her website:

Ann is part of our Counsellors on Call team.

Caroline van Diest practice location: Breda

Nationality: British

Language skills: English

Insurance: Balens Insurance

NIP: –

BIG: –

ACCESS start date: September 2020


  • MSc Applied Social Learning Theory and Counselling
  • Registered Learning Disability Nurse
  • Accredited CBT Therapist (UK and Netherlands)
  • Emdr Trainer and Consultant

Practice Description

“I am an EMDR Europe Accredited Trainer, Consultant and CBT Therapist. I am also a mother, wife and animal lover who loves life and nature. Initially from England I now reside in The Netherlands.

My therapy and teaching style has been described as warm, natural, human, embracing, creative, adaptive and promoting safety and acceptance. I believe the therapeutic relationship is imperative to our work and where possible a dose of laughter can be helpful. I am accredited as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with the BABCP (UK) and VGCT (Netherlands), EMDR Europe Approved Trainer and Consultant and provide therapy, counselling and supervision. Additionally, I enjoy working with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) practices.

I believe it is important for people to understand their experiences, thoughts, emotions and behaviours. I work collaboratively with clients to meet their goals for therapy. I offer a non- shaming and curious approach to exploring these areas. I have worked hard to develop not only my practice but support other services and therapists in providing high quality formulation driven therapy. I have worked within National Health Service, Private Companies and as an individual Practitioner.

I have a particular interest in working with people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and their families. I work with adults and older children. I have provided a number of presentations on adapting therapy approaches for this client group. I have presented at EMDR National and Regional conferences on adapting EMDR Therapy with individuals with ASC. I continue to provide clinical supervision for an extensive range of staff and services.”

You can learn more about Caroline van Diest by visiting her website:

Caroline is part of our Counsellors on Call team.

Carolyn Tabak practice location: The Hague

Nationality: British

Language skills: English and French

Insurance: International only

NIP: yes

BIG: n/a

ACCESS Start date: December 2007


  • MSc Psychotherapist ECP
  • UK and European Registered Psychotherapist
  • UKCP, BACP, EAP (Holder of European Certificate of Psychotherapy)

Practice Description

General psychotherapy practice for adults and one-to-one. Integrative approach using Person-Centred, Psychochoanalytic, Cognitive-Behavioural and Transactional Analysis concepts, depending on what works for the client. Experience includes 20 years of private practice, case manager for an Employee Assistance Programme, Psychological assessment of London Police Officers, Supervision of counsellors, psychotherapists and coaches, Primary tutor on BSc Counselling course, Lecturer on MA Counselling at Webster university in Leiden, organisational training delivery in stress management, trauma awareness, Leadership and Performance Management. EMDR-trained. Specialities/Interests: Depression, stress, anxiety, work-related issues, expat issues, relationships, personal and spiritual development and transition, menopause and ageing, trauma and PTSD, identity issues, sexuality, performance and executive coaching.

Psychotherapy and counselling online and in The Hague.  Also online supervision for psychotherapists, counsellors, and those who work in other helping professions such as complementary health practitioners, lawyers, doctors and more – offering a supportive environment in which to explore your work with your clients or patients.

If you would like to know more about either therapy or supervision, please feel free to get in touch. 

You can find more information about Carolyn Tabak by visiting her website:


Carolyn is part of our Counsellors on Call team.

Cristina Baroncelli practice location(s): The Hague and online

Nationality: Italian

Language skills: English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian

Insurance: International and Dutch (NFG, Nederlandse Federatie Gezondheidszorg)

NIP: yes

Other memberships:

  • Nederlandse Federatie Gezondheidszorg (NFG)
  • British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
  • EMDR Centrum Nederland, International Society Schematherapy (ISST)

BIG: n/a

ACCESS Start date: November 2016


  • MSc Clinical Psychology (Leiden)
  • Post Graduate Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (RINO Holland)
  • Voice Dialogue
  • EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) I & II
  • Schematherapy, I & II (ISST)

Practice Description

“In my past I have lived in different countries, including France, Italy, Libya, Argentina and Monte Carlo. The different experiences and cultures have shaped me as an individual and have given me a broader perspective on life and on the challenges that everyone can face in their lives. I also learned the importance of cultural context.
As a psychologist, I have an eclectic approach: I use different techniques or methodologies, always tailored to suit the individual and their needs. I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Voice Dialogue techniques and EMDR in case of trauma treatment.
I speak fluently Dutch, English, Spanish and Italian, and work with locals as well as with expats.
I offer support in a number of areas, including mood and anxiety disorders, stress and burnout, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, adjustment problems. My specialties/ expertise include trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality problems, couple counselling and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).”
You can learn more about Cristina Baroncelli by visiting her website:

Cristina is part of our Counsellors on Call team.

Danielle Hollreiser  practice location: Online, The Hague & Amsterdam

Nationality: British, Dutch, German

Languages used for counseling work: English

Insurance: International and Dutch (NFG, Nederlandse Federatie Gezondheidszorg)

NIP: Yes (Reg no. 233753)

Other memberships:

  • NIP K&J
  • NFG: 9412 (Nederlandse Federatie Gezondheidszorg)
  • SKJ: 233753 (Kwaliteits Registeur Jeugd)
  • VGCT: 309974 (CBT-Therapeut i.o)
  • BPF (British Psychotherapy Foundation)


ACCESS start date: January 2022


  • MSc Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology
  • University College London/The Anna Freud Centre
  • MA (Hons) Psychology
  • University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Clinical trainings:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (VGCT)
  • Schema Therapy (Basic & Advanced) (VGCT/ISST)
  • Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders
  • EMDR
  • MBT (Mentalization based treatment)
  • Drama Therapy

Diagnostics Assessments:

  • DIVA 5 & YOUNG (Diagnostics for AD(H)D).
  • SCID – II & 5 P (Diagnostics Assessment for Personality Disorders).
  • NIDA (Diagnostics for Autistic Spectrum Disorders).
  • Currently undertaking: Doctorate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinical Practice, University of Exeter

Practice Description

“Having a mixture of nationalities, being British, Dutch and German along with having lived in both the Netherlands and the UK, my international upbringing has enabled me to gain a deep insight into the challenges that expats face. It has also provided me with a profound awareness of different cultures and values. I am specialised in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, and EMDR and use a holistic approach to ensure that my treatments can be tailored to each individual’s needs and be as effective as possible.

I have several years of experience in working with a variety of complaints, some include: AD(H)D, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety Disorders (GAD, Specific Phobias, OCD and Social Anxiety), Cultural adjustment problems, Interpersonal difficulties, Relationship difficulties, Co-dependency issues, Self-esteem issues, Depression, Burn-out and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I provide private psychotherapy and coaching in English to children, adolescents and adults from a variety of cultural backgrounds. In addition to psychological treatments I also offer diagnostic assessments.”

You can learn more about Danielle Hollreiser by visiting her website:

Danielle is part of our Counsellors on Call team.

Karolina Fotyga practice location: Online, The Hague and Amsterdam

Nationality: Polish

Language skills: Polish & English

Insurance: international (Cigna etc.)



ACCESS start date: November 2019


  • MA in Social Sciences
  • Certificate in Negotiations
  • 4 year post University degree in Psychotherapy and Counseling (individual & group)
  • European Certificate of Psychotherapy (awarded by European Association of Psychotherapy)
  • Nederlandse Associatie voor Psychotherapie

Practice Description

“I have over 12 years of experience in working with patients in individual and group setting. I also worked in psychiatric hospitals for 4 years. Before coming to the Netherlands, I had lived and worked in Poland, the US, and the Middle East -experiencing myself the ups and downs of the expat life.

In my practice, I provide long and short-term psychotherapy, crisis intervention, psychoeducation, parental coaching, workshops, and trainings. Modalities I’m trained at, and I use with clients are: Psychodynamic, DBT, MBT, EMDR, Intensive Trauma Treatment, and Mindfulness-Based Approach. Some of the areas I can help with are: personality disorders, trauma, depression, grief, anxiety, anger issues, personal growth. Many of my clients are expats dealing with adjustment and/or relationship issues.”

You can learn more about Karolina Fotyga by visiting her website:

Karolina is part of our Counsellors on Call team.

Katrina Verweij  Practice Location: Den Haag

Nationality: Dutch/Bolivian

Languages used for counseling work: English, Spanish, Dutch and French

Insurance: n/a

NIP: Yes (237759)

BIG: n/a

ACCESS start date: August 2022


  • MSc in Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
  • Specialization in Systemic therapy

Practice Description:

Professional experience as counselor, psychologist and therapist for more than 20 years and 15 as an expat in different countries. Helping the expat community: adults, families and couples to face and process a difficult time in their life (depression, trauma, mourning, big changes in life, among others) with roots on the current situation or in the past.

Notable expertise in relational therapy with cross-cultural couples, in work related problematic (burnout, bullying) and in stress management. Helping the client to be successful in keeping a balanced life under work and private challenging conditions.

The process starts with a tailored treatment for the client. It will put into practice various approaches such as psychodynamic psychology, gestalt therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and systemic therapy. Versatile tools like narrative, art, drama and EMDR puts the client in movement to work on their own process of becoming stronger and skilled for a self management successful life.

You can learn more about Katrina Verweij by visiting her website:

Website pending

Katrina is part of our Counsellors on Call team.

Lysanne Sizoo practice location: Nederhorst den Berg (The Riverside Practice), Amsterdam and Hilversum (Coachhuis)

Nationality: Dutch/English

Languages skills: Fluent English, Swedish, Dutch


  • Dutch health insurance under complementary packages ‘psychosocial therapie
  • BUPA and Cigna on a case by case basis



ACCESS start date: February 2021


  • Registered with Dutch Healthcare Federation NFG and the RBCZ
  • MA Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy, University of East London, 2008 (Nuffic equivalence Master Psychologie)
  • Psychosynthesis Diploma in Counselling, PsA 2004
  • Diploma in groupwork, PsA 2002
  • Counselling Diploma, Central School of Counselling and Therapy, 1997

Practice Description

Almost 25 years of helping people find their way again

“Everyone loses their way. And although global nomads are great at navigating the world around them, they can get truly lost in their inner world. Whether your foreign adventure was initiated by you, your parents, or a partner, the ordinary ups and downs of life are framed differently for an international adventurer such as you.

Loss, illness, and relational challenges receive an added layer of pain, especially when you get hooked into the trap of ‘positive stinking’ to make this foreign adventure work. Slowly but surely your outer compass becomes skewed. My active listening skills help you to discover why and when you stopped plotting your own true course.

It’s my job to show you that the inner adventure supports the outer. As a fellow globetrotter and international counsellor, it’s been my privilege to help clients reconnect with their inner compass all over the globe. To help them to optimize their foreign experience and meet their new world with far greater confidence and resilience. No matter what life brings, you can have the resilience and the confidence to navigate by your own inner compass, curious instead of afraid about where it might take you.”

You can learn more about Lysanne Sizoo by visiting her website:

Lysanne is part of our Counsellors on Call team.

Mariza Thanopoulou practice location: Amsterdam and online

Nationality: Greek

Language skills: English, Dutch, Greek

Insurance: n/a

NIP: Yes (215803)

BIG: n/a

ACCESS start date: September 2020


  • MSc in Clinical Psychology
  • NIP Psychologist
  • Member of VGCT and NVRG
  • SKJ registered

Practice Description

“I am a psychologist with international background and professional registrations in Belgium and Greece. My way of working is eclectic and goal oriented. Approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Systemic Therapy.

I offer services to individuals (adults and young people) and systems (couples and families). Issues I can help with are anxiety and OCD, phobias, mood disorders, adjustment difficulties, grief, self-esteem, work-related problems, relationships.

CBT-based group interventions also offered:

  • Guided self-help group for parents with children with anxiety (ages 5-12)
  • Psychoeducational CBT skills group for anyone interested (adults)”

You can learn more about Mariza Thanopoulou by visiting her website:

Mariza is part of our Counsellors on Call team.

Nuria Maldonado Bellido practice locations: Utrecht (physically) and Worldwide (online).

Nationality: Spanish

Language skills: English and Spanish

Insurance: International.  Please contact your insurance company to know what may be covered.

NIP: Yes (#225619)


ACCESS Start date: November 2018


  • MSc. Psychology
  • Developmental Somatic Psychotherapist

Practice Description

Nuria Maldonado Bellido is a Licensed Health Psychologist trained in Humanistic and Cognitive Psychotherapy approaches, for individual therapy and couples counseling.

“At my firm (Psychology within Reach), I apply my experience with anxiety, depression, shame, guilt, fear, panic and other forms of psychological suffering to offer support and guidance throughout all kind of painful paths, including but not limited to social/relational difficulties, burn-out processes, identity acceptance, migratory grief and copying with loss.

Being a Spanish woman living in The Netherlands gives me first-hand experience with difficulties my clients also live through. Moreover, working and training worldwide has also brought me into contact with many other cultures and life experiences.

This process of readjusting to new environments and cultures, even when it helps us grow and it might have been chosen, requires sacrificing part if not most of our support system, therefore it is not free of pain and it becomes a stressor to add to any life challenge (parenting, loss, career changes…). I work with my clients to recover their sense of ‘home’ by building a new ‘ground’ to support them.”

You can learn more about Nuria Maldonado Bellido by visiting her website: (English and Spanish)

Nuria is part of our Counsellors on Call team.

Patric Esters practice location: Rotterdam.

Nationality: German & Spanish

Language skills: English, German, Spanish, Dutch, Catalan (basic), Portuguese (basic)

Insurance: International

NIP: no

Other Memberships:

  • SKJ (child psychologist nr 130002039)
  • LVVP

BIG:  39929018116

ACCESS Start date: November 2017


  • Postgraduate trainee in Integrative Psychotherapy (University of Antwerp) trained in client-centered therapy, CBT, psychoanalysis and system therapy.
  • MSc in Child & Adolescent Psychology (Leiden University).
  • BA majoring in Psychology and Philosophy (University College Roosevelt). EMDR certificate to treat trauma.

Practice Description

Patric Esters provides psychological services to expats and internationals.

“Psychological practice providing consultations and therapy for expat children, teenagers and young adults in The Hague. Treatments are focused on people struggling with anxiety, trauma, depression, self-harm, cultural adjustment, ADHD, low self-esteem, bullying at school, adoption, and existential issues. I apply an integrative approach of client-centered, cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused and psychodynamic therapy, based on the specific needs of the client.

Next to treatments I provide basic diagnostics such as IQ tests and academic achievement tests for both children and adults.”


  • Fluent in English, German, Spanish and Dutch
  • Proficient in Catalan and Portuguese.

You can learn more about Patric Esters by visiting his website:     

Patric is part of our Counsellors on Call team

Sivan Weinstein practice locations: The Hague and Sykype

Nationality: Israeli

Languages: English and Hebrew

Insurance: Yes




  • Member of the Federatie Vaktherapeutische Professions (FVP), Netherlands
  • Art Therapy Association Singapore (ATAS)
  • Australia and New Zealand Art Therapy Association (ANZATA)

ACCESS start date: June, 2018


  • Doctor of Psychology, Clinical, PsyD, California, USA
  • Master in Art Psychotherapy MA, AT, AThR

Practice Description

Private Clinical Psychology and Art Therapy clinic in The Hague. Specialized in adults, couples and families in relocation, expatriation and repatriation, dealing with related challenges; stress, depression, anxiety, their effect on relationships and family members, shift of roles and challenges to adopt, changes of identity and personal growth.

“I have been working since 1998 in the Netherlands, Singapore, India and Israel, with a wide variety of clients. Diagnosis and treating a variety of conditions including: ADHD; Asperger’s; Autism; emotional difficulties; depression and behavioral problems; addictions; eating disorders; self-harm, divorce and more. Experienced in working with interdisciplinary treatment teams.  Supervision available for Art Therapist MA AT.  Workshops; relocation and repatriation, self-growth and more.  Working by appointment at my clinic in Den Haag and via online video sessions.”

You can learn more about Sivan Weinstein by visiting her website:

Sivan is part of our Counsellors on Call team.

Sylvia Silberg practice location(s): Rijswijk and Monster (near The Hague, Voorburg and Delft)

Nationality: Dutch

Language skills: English, German, Dutch and Hebrew


NIP: yes

BIG: yes

ACCESS Start date: April 1996


  • Doctorandus Clinical Psychology
  • MS Counselling Psychology (cum laude)
  • Eerstelijn Consulten

Practice Description

General psychotherapy practice for individuals and couples. Cognitive-Behavioural, Client-centered and psychodynamic approach. EMDR, Trauma Treatment, Solution Oriented Therapy, Mindfulness, Stress Reduction Programme.

You can learn more about Sylvia Silberg by visiting here website:

Silvia is part of our Counsellors on Call team.