About Amélie

multicultural, internationally minded Psychotherapist 

Dear guardian(s)/client,

 

A most heartfelt welcome to my practice’s website! I am mixed Burkinabé-Dutch, but a global nomad at heart, having lived and worked in parts of Africa, the US, Europe and Asia. 

 

I have a passion for Psychology, the natural and creative healing methods, and helping people, especially children. These have led me to do my studies in Psychology in the United States, with a specialisation in Art Therapy from the prestigious New York University, as well as other psychotherapeutic trainings-in Emotional Freedom Tapping Techniques, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Breathwork & Play Therapy. I am trauma and culturally informed, and incorporate aspects of Psychoanalysis (i.e. Carl Jung), Emotional Intelligence, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Person-Centered, and Cross Cultural Psychology within my treatments.

 

I have 9+ years international experience working in both clinical and non-clinical settings with children and adults with trauma, special needs and mixed ‘race’/identity issues, specifically in psychiatric institutions (in and outpatient clinics), special needs based summer camps, schools and day treatment centers, as well as in private practice. I have also had the unique opportunity to provide PsychoSocial Support to children and their families during humanitarian disasters-namely post Typhoon Hagupit in The Philippines and during the 2015 (West Africa) Ebola virus outbreak in Sierra Leone.   

 

I see every child (and adult) as a unique person, with their own story to tell and different ways of coping and healing. What might work for one child (or adult) may not work for another.  That’s why I work hard to understand your child’s functioning early on (as apposed to just focusing on the diagnosis) and individualise assessments and treatment plans to best help them feel empowered and confident in their journey of self-understanding and growth. 

 

If need be, I may have to also work with you, your child’s brother or sister, or school staff  (i.e. teachers) to make progress more rapid, tangible, and effective. Rest assured that your trust, privacy, and comfort are important to me and our working relationship in achieving the treatment goal(s). 

 

If you’re curious about the way I work or have other questions, please do not hesitate to send me an email using the form on the Home Page. I will then set an appointment to speak with you within 48 hours.  

 

I look forward to connecting and working together, 

 

Amélie 

a ‘selfie’ during a trip to Indonesia, circa 2014