Does your child often have negative thoughts? Is easily angered? Aggressive? Impulsive? Has reoccurring nightmares? Has a hard time communicating or expressing him/herself? Questions his/her identity?

If you answered yes to any of the two questions above, know that your child is not alone, and that he/she/they can be helped with effective therapy.
The ChildCenteredHealing practice of Drs. Amélie van den Brink-El Makkaoui helps children (ages 3 to 19) to navigate their emotional, behavioral and social challenges (‘disorder’) in a creative, safe and child friendly manner. She combines children’s natural language of self expression-art making and play-with body-mind techniques to help them holistically process and find healthy coping strategies that allow them to confidently accept themselves and make progress with  with their challenge(s). (Occasionally, the practice takes older clients, including college students.)
While the practice is open to working with all types of challenges, it specialises in the following challenges:

-Neurodivergent/Special Needs: ADHD, ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ie. Autism, Twice Gifted)

-Trauma: due to separation (i.e. divorce), bullying, (im)migration (i.e. refugee, relocation), emotional and physical abuse in which symptoms of anxiety and depression often occur. 

-Mixed ‘race’/multi-ethnic identities: African-European, African-American, Pan-African


Therapy can be provided in nature or online.  


The practice also focuses on early mental health prevention via workshops  and online Listening Circles for children and for parents. 

For a free (at no cost) consultation, kindly use the form below and Drs. van den Brink-El Makkaoui will contact you within 48 hours. 

**If your child or anyone is in psychological distress, please don’t use this site. Call the Dutch Emergency Hotline 112, or 113 for the Stichting Suicide organisation for further assistance.

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