How do I schedule a session?
You can contact me via WhatsApp, email or phone. I will try to get back to you as soon as I can.
What happens after I contact you?
We have a short text chat over WhatsApp. I ask you some preliminary questions. Then we look for a time and date that suits us both and schedule a session. I will ask for your email and will send you a short online form to fill out before the session.
Can we have a free call before the first session?
No, unfortunately not. My therapeutic work starts from the first moment we start talking. We need the momentum and framework of a counselling session to establish a proper working relationship. An exploratory call disrupts this dynamic, therefore I do not do it. I am happy to exchange texts or emails before the first session, you are free to ask as many questions as you like in written form.
How do I prepare for the first session?
You don't need to. You've already taken the big step of contacting me; let me take it from here. If you have any questions after the first session, I am available on our WhatsApp channel and happy to answer. Sometimes people ask me if there is anything they can do to make the sessions more effective, but rush and pressure are never good when it comes to counseling.
When do I pay for the session?
You will receive a payment link before the first session. Cancellations can be made up to 48 hours before the session. If you need to reschedule, please let me know as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there are no refunds if you have already paid.
What happens after the first session?
After the first session we can take some time to decide if we want to work together. If we make a decision to proceed we will make a plan and decide on a day and time that we would be meeting. I usually try to evaluate progress in an ongoing way, a minimum of 10 sessions is usually needed to see if there is good progress in our work.
How often do we meet?
We meet once a week. If you are in crisis and need more intensive care, it is possible to meet twice a week. It is important to understand that meeting weekly, at a minimum, is an essential element of effective counseling. We need the consistency of a weekly session because it allows us to work on a deeper, more effective level.
How long will this take?
I do my best to provide the most effective care. However, rush and pressure are never good. The mind is quite flexible, but learning new ways of thinking and acting takes time.
Where do we meet?
Depending on your preference, we can meet online or in-person. Face-to-face meetings take place at Keizersgracht 394 in the Stories Keizersgracht building (a beautiful old canal house). For online sessions, I will send a link via email shortly before the session.
What are your methods?
I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy and EMDR, all evidence- based methodologies. I mix techniques from all of them to make our sessions as effective as possible. I also work with psychedelic processes and can help you prepare for and integrate a psychedelic experience.
How do I know if you are the right psychologist for me?
I specialise in depression, anxiety and trauma related issues, and I work with psychedelic processes. If your issues relate to either of these areas, I can help. It is also important that after the first session you ask yourself how you felt talking with me – ask yourself if you can imagine yourself feeling safe with me and opening up. I do my best to make you feel this way, but a part of the connection with other people (including a psychologist) lies in personality match and it is important for me that you also consider this.
What languages do you speak?
English and Polish.
What is the difference between a psychologist vs psychiatrist?
A psychologist is a person who holds a masters degree in psychology and helps with mental health issues by using various techniques. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who can diagnose mental illness and prescribe medication. A psychologist does not prescribe medication, but in some cases may suggest to contact a psychiatrist.