Cristina Baroncelli

                                                                    Your psychologist in The Hague


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We offer brief, solution focused, evidence-based psychological therapy and counselling for a range of emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties. Our aim is to empower you with the skills and knowledge you need, to take control of your life and unlock your true potential.

Short-term individual counselling is appropriate for working on immediate problems, developing healthy coping techniques, gaining understanding of underlying issues and, if necessary, developing a longer-term treatment plan. It usually works best when you and your therapist can identify a specific focus for your work together.

Psychological therapy is appropriate for working on current or past relationship difficulties and for gaining an understanding of the underlying issues which led to them being problematic.


Treatment areas

People have therapy for a variety of reasons, some of the more common are listed below. With us there is no need for a referral letter from your GP. Just contact us direcly for a self-referral.


Our approach

We aim to tailor psychological therapy to meet an individual’s unique needs. The models of therapy used by Psyche are evidence-based and include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy (ST), Voice Dialogue (VD) and Eye, Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR).

The frequency and length of therapy are decided by client and therapist, and the therapeutic process is collaborative.


Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy assumes that it is not the events themselves that give a person a certain negative feeling and let them behave in a certain way, but the coloured glasses through which people look at things. Learning to interpret these negative thoughts in a more objective way, will help to have a more objective look at your own feelings and perceptions. Negative feelings will alleviate and your behavior will change.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is appropriate for working on how you think about yourself, the world and other people, and how what you do affects your feelings and thoughts. Cognitive Behavioural therapy can help you make changes in the way you think ("Cognitive") and the way you act ("Behaviour"). Making changes in what you think will affect what you do and feel, and changing what you do, will affect the way you think and feel.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most common forms of treatment in the Netherlands. It is a brief structured therapy, present and future oriented. The story of the client is important. Together with the therapist you are going to discover how the negative and irrational pattern of thoughts have been created in the past.


Schema Therapy

Schema Therapy is an evidence-based form of therapy that helps you understand the origin of self-defeating life patterns and carefully addresses the maladaptive modes and patterns that emerge in the treatment room.

Through integrated strategies from different bodies of work, ST can succesfully heal and reorganize biased beliefs and emotions created by early unmet needs (core needs) and the temperamental disposition residing in memory and sensory system by replacing them with corrective and adaptive emotional experiences.


Voice Dialogue (VD)

Voice Dialogue is a specific method developed to explore the world of the Selves – also known as sub-personalities. This method requires two people: a facilitator and the subject being facilitated. The job of the facilitator is to help the subject become aware of, and to experience, the various Selves that run our lives and to learn how to use them in a conscious way through the development of an Aware Ego Process.

Each of us "contains multitudes". We are made up of many selves, identifying with some and rejecting others. This over-identification with some selves and the loss of wholeness that comes from the rejection of others, can create imbalances and blind spots. This work is about embracing all the selves. This dance of the selves is an amazing process and we see the dynamics of the world around us shift as our internal world changes.


Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories (Shapiro, 1989). Shapiro’s (2001) Adaptive Information Processing model posits that EMDR facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experience to bring these to an adaptive resolution. After successful treatment with EMDR, affective distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and physiological arousal is reduced. During EMDR therapy the client attends to emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus.