After having obtained my Master’s degree in Psychology at Amsterdam University, I worked for several years in the Psychiatric Department of the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, now called the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, a London teaching hospital. As the department dealt with complex cases referred from all over the UK, it gave me the necessary competence and experience to set up subsequently in private practice which suited my family circumstances at the time. I have now been in private practice for 35 years. Even prior to the pandemic I was also offering e-counselling and psychotherapy via Skype and Zoom to people who lived too far away to come and see me in person in my consulting room. At the start of the pandemic I switched to seeing all my clients virtually.
My special interest is the transgenerational effects of trauma, particularly in relation to the Holocaust. I have facilitated second generation groups for adult children of Holocaust survivors and refugees from Nazi-persecution in London for over >30 years and have also worked with groups of child survivors and of second and third generation in Berlin and Prague.