Expat Psychologist

About Kathy - Psychologist in Amsterdam

Psychologist Katy

During the past 25 years I have lived on multiple continents and been immersed in numerous cultures. My own expat experiences give me a thorough understanding of the specific issues and challenges expats face on a professional level, as well as in their private lives.

I have extensive training in psychology. I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the USA and European trained Psychoanalyst and I have 24 years of experience in private practice. 

We start where you are
Our starting point is considering where you are in life and what brings you to see me. Each person is unique so your therapy will be individually tailored to your specific needs and goals. I listen carefully to you to make sure I understand what the issues are and what you want to get out of our work together.

I provide a confidential and non-judgmental space for you to problem solve and find solutions. By talking and reflecting on the issues at hand and by using supportive techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT) or Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) we work toward your goals.

The language of the unconscious
When necessary, we will look below the surface of presenting issues to unconscious processes. When we do this, the work is to discover the unconscious causes of your distress and then to support the process of change from within. This process can help to overcome blocks, reduce anxiety and resolve internal conflicts as well as bring meaning to life events.

Psychological themes, unconscious patterns and internalized conflicts have a distinct symbolic language, which provide a path to follow. We follow this path by using a variety of methods such as dream analysis, listening to physical symptoms, expressive techniques and following a symbolic approach.

A Symbolic approach
Myths, fairytales, films and literature provide metaphors and analogies that also offer a way to understand and make meaning out of life events. A symbolic approach can be a manner of uncovering and examining recurring patterns and themes in your life that are part of our collective human experience.
The epic myth of Odysseus and his 10-year journey homeward is just one example of a timeless human story with many complex symbolic themes that expats can relate to.

Short and long term
My clients can be divided into two (sometimes overlapping) groups:

  1. shorter-term solution-focused counselling and psychology for expat adults and couples
  2. longer-term Jungian Psychoanalysis, training and supervision for Analytical and depth Psychology students around the world

With my training background and years of experience I feel comfortable to approach our work together on many levels:

  • Solution-focused
  • Problem-solving
  • Introspective understanding
  • Psychological transformation
  • Personal growth and self-understanding
  • Life stage development and transitions
  • Spiritual searching


If you have questions or want to know whether Psychologist Amsterdam can help you, call me or send an email for an appointment.