About Francine - Psychologist in Amsterdam
In the Swiss
mountainsMy story begins in the mountains of Switzerland. It was exactly like the cliché
image: pure air, mountain tops at the horizon and a green hilly landscape everywhere around you.
My father was a general practitioner in the small farming village where I grew up. I was fascinated by his
profession and loved the fact that you can help other people for a living.
The only problem was that I could not stand blood, so the logical study to take up as a teenager was
BernI went to the University of Bern and followed the psychology degree programme aimed
at adults, children and young people. My choice for that subject was a natural one, as I quickly and easily make
contact with children and I felt, and still do, that the development of the young psyche is just as interesting as
that of an adult.
The educational system in Switzerland is a little different from the Dutch system, as you immediately gain
practical experience. This means that I started gaining work experience from the start of my studies.
And then love came into my
It happened over the course of three days, during a holiday. I fell in love with him. And he fell in love with
me. For five years, we had a long-distance relationship. He lived in the Netherlands, while I lived in Switzerland.
After those five years, I took the plunge and moved to the Netherlands.
Eleven years and two children later, I can easily say that I made the right choice. That does not mean that it has
always been easy. My Swiss diploma was not enough in the Netherlands. I did not speak the language and did not know
anyone apart from my husband. I took the opportunity to do my studies all over again in the Netherlands, but from
another perspective this time: integrative therapy. And: in Dutch.
I enjoyed learning so much that after finishing integrative therapy, I immediately took up another study:
hypnotherapy. I also completed that study successfully. In the meantime, I worked in various mental health care
institutions. I gained practical experience there in a wide range of subjects and learned how to apply various
At home with my husband and
children....and a good read
When I am not working or studying, I enjoy spending time with my family. Being a mother and a wife is important
to me. I also enjoy reading. I read everything I can get my hands on, so I am buried in books whenever I have the
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