Having grown up in different countries including Nepal, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands, Anneke now calls Sydney home. She joins Indigo as a Clinical Psychologist with a holistic approach and a passion for working with your inner strengths to get you back on track.
“My work puts a smile on my face. I hope to help you break down walls and find and follow your bliss, as I have followed mine.”
Her journey as a psychologist started out in the Netherlands where she worked with children and teenagers for the past 11 years. Since moving to Australia, Anneke has shifted her focus to working with a range of different people, incorporating mindfulness and meditation.
She uses a variety of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness. She also works with Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR Therapy), an interactive form of therapy that helps reduce emotional distress by encouraging side-to-side eye movements or bilateral hand tapping. It’s proven particularly effective for the treatment of PTSD, trauma, phobias, anxiety & mood disorders.
Anneke brings her expertise into each session along with genuine warmth, positivity and a hint of humour.
Anxiety & Stress
Grief & Loss
Anneke’s Anxiety Tip
“Focus on your breath and try to stay present. You can do this by breathing in and expanding the belly, moving the air up to the chest, then to the throat and releasing in the reverse manner – throat, chest and finally, letting go in the belly.
Another tip I use myself, when stressed, is shower meditation: imagining that with each and every drop of water, all my tension, stress and worries are washed away. It really helps me relax at the end of the day.”
Outside the therapy room
“I enjoy travelling, yoga, being in nature and close to the ocean. I love going to concerts and music festivals, exploring Sydney, snowboarding, catching up with my friends, staying in touch with my family and friends in Amsterdam and daydreaming about buying a pop-top campervan.”