Aine Campbell

I am an English- and Dutch-speaking counsellor working in Amsterdam and 't Gooi area. An Irish national, I have lived in the Netherlands since 1994, and the challenges of relocating with a family and living abroad have sharpened my awareness of cultural influences.

Educated to Master's level in the biological sciences, I worked in a number of teaching and research positions while raising three children. My interest in counselling grew out of a long-term involvement in social work, which oriented me towards training as a therapist. I obtained a psychology degree with the Open University in 2004, followed by a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from the CPCAB (a UK-based awarding body specializing in counselling and psychotherapy), and achieved BACP accreditation in 2013.

I am an integrative counsellor, bringing together elements of different psychological theories in my way of working. My main focus is what the client brings to therapy, the "here-and-now" experience. In response to the client's story, I can incorporate psychodynamic elements to understand how the past impacts on the present and CBT to focus more on solutions. Integrative also means attention to the mind-body connection and using body-focused interventions to alleviate psychological distress. Mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga help clients cope with anxiety, depression and stress in general. Integration also means recognizing the importance of the spiritual dimension in therapeutic work, in accordance with the deepest beliefs of each individual.

The most important element of my work is developing a relationship with the client that is real, nonjudgmental, and empathic. This experience is all too often lacking in people's lives.

My aim is to help clients explore personal difficulties and to access inner and external resources to cope more effectively, as well as providing support throughout the process. Integration is also the desired outcome of therapy: movement from confusion to clarity, from "stuckness" to empowerment, and from disconnectedness to a sense of wholeness and connectedness.

I have experience working with a wide range of issues. One is coping with changes over the lifespan and how these affect identity and self-esteem. These include transitioning from adolescence to early adulthood, from parenthood to empty nesters and the challenges of growing old. I work with both individuals and couples on relationship conflicts and am currently training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). In the area of addiction, I have experience supporting substance abusers in engaging in and working through the 12-step programme and also working with family members. I volunteer with ACCESS Cancerlink, supporting individuals affected by cancer and do home visits if necessary. I am particularly passionate about promoting counselling for personal growth and self-development.

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