About Maria - therapist in The Hague
A distinctly personal approach
The most distinctive aspect of the way I work is probably my
personal approach. I work with a patient, not a problem. Each individual has his or her own strengths and talents
to grow and overcome a particular situation. You will notice this style of working from the first time we meet.
During the initial interview, we take time to find out and describe your questions. It is also an opportunity for
me to get to know you — to get to know the person behind the problem. Clients generally appreciate the safe
environment and ease with which they can talk as well as the fact that our work delves beneath the surface. There,
we focus on personal growth in core aspects of who you are, what you do and what you are aiming for.
You are at the centre of the treatment. I provide insight,
perspective, and possible ways of dealing with your current situation. We set goals, take steps, evaluate and
improve your way to reach your targets. Using questions I help you realise the truth and embrace it. You will learn
the way to build a good relationship with yourself and others.
Our collaboration motivates
The motor that drives your work is our collaboration. I invest a
lot of time and energy in our client-therapist relationship in order to understand each other, provide a safe
environment, earn your trust and to learn what motivates you. In the end, you will have gained insights, tools,
personal growth and confidence in your capacity to deal with your issues.
I studied psychology and Spanish in London. Once I finished my studies, I got a
postgraduate degree in Spain before I went back to Greece — where I was born and raised. I was inspired to study
psychology from a great teacher of mine who, on the past, has helped me overcome some personal issues. My love for
people was what motivated me to learn about the ways to help others reach for their goals and happiness.
Broad working experience
I worked at a children’s hospital and elementary school, helping
mentally challenged children and children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties. I continued to work with
children and their parents at an intensive practice for autism and behavioural therapy. When I started my own
practice, I had clients with a wide variety of questions and problems, ranging from obsessive compulsive clients to
couples therapy and from clients with psychotic disorders to individuals with social issues.
Private practice for expats
When I moved to the Netherlands, I once more opened a private
practice. Thankfully, I can still work with my Greek and UK clients via Skype and over email. As an expat myself, I
know that one of the most challenging tasks of living in a different country is to solve problems regarding
loneliness. Cultural differences and local habits can also be obstacles, as can be the relationship with your
partner. All of these can make someone really miserable and unhappy. However, is this true?
Working together, soon you will come to realise that happiness is not a target but a chosen way of living your
When I am not at work, I like to spend as much time as I can with my husband
and daughter who are my chosen way to happiness.
If you have questions or would like to know whether I can help, call me or email me for an appointment.