Nicole Drinkwater

I am of German nationality and have lived in the Netherlands since 2000.

My professional background is in science, with a Masterís degree in chemistry, and I have taught in both Germany and the USA (where I lived for 5 years).

Living in foreign countries, building up a new life and career, and raising children in a third-culture environment led me to change my professional path in 2004 and to study to become a therapeutic counsellor, and in spring 2008, I was awarded an advanced diploma in therapeutic counselling, accredited through the Counselling & Psychotherapy Awarding Body (CPCAB) in the UK. I help clients with such issues as adjusting to change, managing relationships, coping with stress and depression, and overcoming difficult life stages. I feel grateful and privileged to accompany my clients on their journey of self-discovery.

My approach to counselling is to focus on the clientís here-and-now experience, looking at the issue from different angles, and helping the client to gain more insight into and understanding of underlying issues and feelings, which I believe is the first step for change. I do believe in a personís potential for growth and self-healing. Central to my approach is a supportive, accepting, and respectful relationship with my client.

I see clients in Wassenaar and counsel in English, German, and Dutch. I am a member of the Algemene Beroepsvereniging voor Counselling (ABvC).