The term ‘depth psychology’ was coined at the turn of the twentieth century. It has become used by Freudians and Jungians to indicate those psychologies that orient themselves around the idea of the ‘unconscious’.
The unconscious mind consists of the processes in the psyche or mind which occur automatically and are not available to introspection, and includes memories (of past traumas, for instance), thoughts and feelings, but also content which has never been made conscious at all (so called ‘dissociation’).
Even though these processes exist well under the surface of conscious awareness they are theorized to exert an impact on behavior. An example of this is de functioning of complexes or (unconscious) organizations of ideas and feelings, that can have a very profound impact on our thoughts, feelings and behavior, as is demonstrated during a psychosis or anxiety attack.
The unconscious mind can only be understood symbolically, as its unconscious content is organized in an associative manner, instead of a logical-literal manner. C.G. Jung divided the unconscious into two layers: the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious.
The collective unconscious is the deepest level of the psyche, containing the accumulation of inherited collective psychic structures or archetypes. Archetypes are images with universal meanings that are apparent in the culture’s use of symbols. The collective unconscious is therefore said to be inherited and contain material of an entire species rather than of an individual.
Through the study of unconscious material, such as dreams, fantasies, associations, meaningful coincidences (‘synchronicities’) and symptoms, depth psychologists attempt to understand the language and the dynamics of the unconscious as it manifests in their work with clients and in the world. Depth psychological approaches to psychological suffering attempt to help individuals become aware of what has been cast out of consciousness or not yet able to be known. Healing is associated with allowing what has been repressed, rejected, denied or simply has never been aware (dissociated), to come forward so that the person can understand, explore its significance and integrate it, allowing for a transformation in consciousness.
Reasons to choose for depth psychological therapy include:
- Depression, feeling of loss, emptiness
- Isolation and loneliness
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Self-esteem, self-confidence
- Neurotic behavior (e.g. obsessive-compulsive disorder)
- Personality disorders (narcissism, borderline, autism)
- Psychosomatic symptoms
- Traumas, such as abuse
- Burn-out and career issues
- Relationships and divorce
- Bereavement and loss
- Chronic/terminal illness
- Life transitions (e.g. parenthood, retirement, relocation)
- Finding spiritual and religious meaning in life
Trained as a trained Jungian analyst, I help individuals to give voice to their soul by integrating unconscious layers of the mind. I am inspired by the belief of Carl Jung that “until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
Besides Jungian analysis (focusing on the dialogue between ego and the soul or Self), I use psychoanalysis to heal trauma’s and complexes and spiritual psychology to re-create identity and to find meaning in life.
Having lived in Asia, I have developed an integrated approach to the problems of the mind, combining depth psychological and esoteric traditions from both the West and the East, such as:
- Depth psychology (Jung, Freud)
- Gestalt therapy
- Systems therapy
- Logotherapy (Frankl)
- Psychosynthesis (Assagioli)
- Archetypal psychology (Hillman)
- Integral psychology (Wilber)
- Humanistic psychology
- Transpersonal psychology
- Twelve step program (addiction care)
- Pathwork (Pierrakos)
- Antroposophy (Steiner)
- Esoteric traditions, among which Taoism & Confucianism, Advaita Vedanta & Tibetan Buddhism.
Early in life I became interested in depth psychology and mystic practices, as I experienced tremendous inner and outer conflicts that could not be solved by cognitive or behavioral approaches. Since then, I have been in a continuous process of therapy and self-development. My personal experiences have contributed to my understanding of the depths and complexities of the psyche and the obstacles in the development of consciousness. However, I approach all challenges in my personal and professional life with a deep trust in the capacities of the soul or Self and its strive towards integration.
Master of Science in depth psychology and graduated as a licensed Jungian analyst from the Academy for Depth Psychology in the Netherlands.
Master of Arts in communication from the University of Amsterdam.
The duration of a session is 1 hour. The costs for one hour are €75 and must be paid cash at the end of each session.
Extra time will be charged for by mutual agreement and depending on an individual’s financial situation.
I am a certified Jungian psychoanalyst and member of two professional associations in the Netherlands and Belgium: Jungiaanse Vereniging voor Analytisch Therapeuten (JVATN; registration no. 12006) & Register Beroepsbeoefenaren Complementaire Zorg (RBCZ; registration no. 105008R).
Online counseling is possible through Skype (sander.videler76).
If you would like to make an appointment or to ask for further information, please email or call me:
Tel: (+31) 06 – 2167 9610
Location: Maastricht & Heerlen