Psychological therapy and relationship therapy in Maastricht
I like to introduce my colleagues and myself, to give you an idea about our backgrounds and interests. Besides the methods we work with, it’s also important to know something about our personal interests. To feel free to talk about everything you want, is’t important to feel connection with your therapist.
In 1992 I graduated in psychology at Nijmegen University (MSc). After that I moved back to Maastricht, where I grew up.
I specialized in cognitive-behavorial therapy, client-centered therapy, couples counseling, organisational psychology and solution-orientated coaching.
I have been working in a consulting firm, family practice, hospital and in an institution for mental health. In 2010 I started my own practice for therapy and counseling.
Your story is special and unique. That’s why your journey in therapy or counseling in my practice will also be special and unique. There is no standard. Gaining new insights in therapy will lead to real changes.
In my free time I like to travel, play golf, walk with my dogs, play the piano and enjoy the Burgundian way of life in Maastricht.
Colleagues in the practice
Luuk Stijns, systemic psychotherapist. Individual and couple therapy.
Luuk is fascinated by the complexity in which we live. He would gladly help you make the difference in reducing or even solving your troubles, allowing you to continue with your life. It is a beautiful thing to feel connected with each other and with others once more. You will again, or perhaps even for the first time, experience joy and happiness, making you look towards the future with confidence, even though life also has its hardships.
His professional development is a continuing process that started at an early age, in the form of an interest in biology and the coherence of things. Later in life this interest shifted towards people, not in the least initiated by his own experiences in life, sometimes moving and touching him. This made his gaze turn to human relationships, which ended up in systemic psychotherapy. Luuk looks at human difficulties in a contextual and relational way. People live in social systems like families, couples, individuals, etcetera. The basis is that human functioning becomes meaningful and can be understood by what goes on between people in a specific context.
System therapy does not deny that intrapsychic difficulties/diagnoses exist, rather it approaches it from a more descriptive relational, contextual viewpoint and as such can be more helpful for problems in the future, rather than just looking at the individual.
This results in you regaining control over your life, and makes you look at yourself, others, and the situation as a whole through another perspective than usual, enabling you to take a different course of action than you are accustomed to. This can lead to fundamental changes which make you give different meanings to problems, reducing their severity, or even making them disappear entirely.
His personal interests are reading professional literature and books in which the authors show a remarkable way of looking at life. He also loves going for a walk with the family dog through nature, and he finds an incredible amount of enjoyment in art.
Luuk provides individual therapy, relation therapy, and family therapy.
Diana Rongen MSc, family, child and youth therapist, couple therapy.
For her work with children, see Child psychologist.
After obtaining her doctorate in Leiden, Diana lived and worked in Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and England, after which she returned to the south of Limburg, Netherlands. Her career initially focused on children and parents, later also on families and couples. Diana’s interest in child psychology began when she went back to a school where she, as a student, had done an internship. The children had gathered around her cheerfully and suddenly, a young boy, around the age of 10, approached her and asked her: “Do you remember who I am?” He looked up at her among all the noisy children around him. “You probably don’t know me anymore,” he continued. Diana smiled. She knew who he was. “I know who you are! You are Peter “. He closed his eyes for a moment, and then walked back to his seat in the classroom with a radiant smile. After this, Peter was in Diana’s mind for a long time; he was the quietest boy in the class, a child in school where you might think “such a nice quiet boy.” What would Peter have said if we had listened to him? Or if we had encouraged him to talk. Because we all were children once, we believe in how to talk to a child. We might even believe to know what a child thinks. However, a child thinks and communicates differently than an adult. From that moment on Diana went looking for children with their story to tell. Every story is unique and deserves attention to listen to. She lived and worked in different parts of the world and was introduced to various cultures. Every culture and every family within this culture has its own history, own values and traditions and will share it with the next generation. Diana has a genuine interest and deep understanding of child development. While working with a child or teenager, she is always aware of their abilities. At the same time Diana believes that every child is unique and by showing a genuine interest in the life of a child she tries to build connection. Through this connection they can work on worries in their lives and skills they want to learn.
Diana works with several techniques, for example, role play, visual arts, playing with toys, games, conversation. With the help of these techniques a child might find the words for their emotions and where they come from. It might find out why it shows anger, or refuses to go to school, or is sad for a long time. When a child shows problematic behavior, it is a translation for words that cannot be said. A child also dislikes problematic behavior but is not capable of expressing it in different and healhty way. By listening to the child and to ask questions in an encouraging way, the story of the behavior can be told.
Diana also works with TCK’s, Third Culture Kids. A TCK is a person who has spent a significant part of his/her developmental years outside the parents’ culture. The TCK frequently builds relationship to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership of any. This can lead to a variety of issues.
Diana is an expat mother herself and has experience with travelling with children. She is aware of the impact this can have on a child and with her experience she can help children and/or families.
Diana also enjoys working with families. Family therapy offers families a way to reconnect with each other and to regain a sense of wholeness and happiness. We learn how to love and interact with our family members. For a child these first important relationships are important in adulthood when we develop and maintain other relationships. Family therapy offers a platform where we can talk about difficult topics. Each family has their own story to share and Diana listens to these stories with interest and respect. When stories are told, and we look from different perspectives we can reconnect and have a healthy relationship again.
Connection is also an important theme when Diana works with couples. She is leading the couple into a new understanding of love. By showing new ways of taking control of conflicts and disconnection she helps them to have a more secure bond.
In her spare time, Diana shares her love for traveling with her family. New countries and other cultures give her inspiration to keep on trying out new ideas. Diana enjoys studying and gain new knowledge. She also likes history, walking, cooking and sports.
Co Wildeboer Schut MSc, Psychologist. Individual and couple therapy.
Co has been trained as a psychologist at Radboud University in Nijmegen and has worked for many years in mental health care in various places in the country. She has supplemented her studies with training as a body-oriented therapist, Mindfulness therapist and NLP therapist.
Each question is different and requires a different approach. Coordinate and connect where the other is, without judgment and with respect for the story of the other. Every life story is so unique, there are no standard solutions. When it comes down to it, a person has a lot of strength and courage to tackle and implement changes. It motivates Co to be able to contribute to this out of respect for the process of the other.
Co’s passion is dance. She attended the Dance Academy in Tilburg, where she studied movement expression and various other dance courses with Dutch and international teachers. From 2008 she teaches various dancers.
Co finds her inspiration in life, in the people around her, in the beauty of nature and in the beauty of art. She enjoys it when she can undertake fun activities with her family and friends. She finds time for herself important to regain new energy. Co likes to travel, read, discover and develop new things.
Lennar was trained as an integrative therapist at the Educational Academy in Antwerp. His attention and interest in giving therapy are mainly focused on the integration of Western evidence-based psychotherapy/psychology with Eastern contemplative approaches and insights.
Lennar is originally a social psychiatric aid worker and as such has functioned in various roles and in clinical and outpatient settings. First in Brabant, (Bergen op Zoom), later in Sittard and Maastricht. After working for a number of years as a HRM and reintegration manager at a medium-sized organization in Limburg, he has been an independent therapist since 2011.
Lennar sees every process as customized. We are all different and also need customized therapy when problems arise. Whether it concerns a gloomy mood, relationship problems, trauma processing, burnout or attachment problems, he always seeks the individual input from the client in order to guide and, where necessary, direct the therapeutic process from there.
He uses cognitive behavioral therapy, elements of mindfulness (MBCT) and heartfulness, ACT and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT therapy) among other things. But also an experiential approach has often proved effective in, among other things, trauma processing.
The therapist’s basic attitude is essential for Lennar: attentively present, mild and receptive, without judgment. This attitude makes the therapist’s and therapy’s vision fresh, creative and able to align with what is in the moment.
In his spare time Lennar likes to play sports, listen to jazz/funk music and express himself by painting. He is also interested in meditation and Buddhist psychology. He regularly follows mindfulness training and retreats at See True Maastricht, David Dewulf and Edel Maex, among others.
Yves van der Auwera, psychotherapist, individual and couple therapy
His story as a care provider started in 1997 with Orthopedagogy in Hasselt. After this study, Yves worked in various mental health care institutions. In one of these institutions he came into contact with a psychotherapist and his interest in psychotherapy was awakened. His journey has since taken him through different worlds and functions. He has also worked in business and had his own company. However, the therapist’s call kept coming back and he went to study integrative psychotherapy in Antwerp. A beautiful journey with many experiences that are also essential in our broad profession.
It is this total view of man that appeals to him so much. No split, one-sided approach, but a versatile, integrative and client-oriented way of working.
Kelly Muytjens is a passionate sexologist and perinatal therapist. She obtained her Master of Science in Sexology at the University of Leuven. She was also trained as a systemic therapist at the Korzybski Institute in Antwerp.
You can go to her together or alone if difficulties are experienced in the field of sexuality. On the other hand, as a pregnant or recently given birth mother, you can also contact her for psychological support during this special period. Kelly also deals with unwanted childlessness.
Kelly is very busy with her profession, she also likes to go for a walk, cycle or go out for dinner and drinks.
Marly is able to make you more aware of opportunities and pitfalls. Preset objectives are achieved. The course with her motivates and gives a lot of energy. The advice and regularly also very direct way of giving feedback is experienced as very positive.