• About Us

  • Ooshani Suma

    Co-founder /

    Marriage & Family Therapist

    I was born and raised in California as a daughter of immigrant parents. I loved to travel and decided to embark on a new adventure by moving to the Netherlands in 1996 with my Dutch husband. I understand the challenges of moving to another country, leaving behind family, friends, culture, language, and career connections. I know how trying it can be to build up a new life (both personal and professional) in a new country, as well as dealing with differences in a bicultural relationship, and raising bilingual children. Because of these personal experiences, I believe that there are a variety of ways to better understand and overcome the hurdles that expat life can present to you.

    Educational background and experience

    I received my Bachelors of Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and my Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. In the U.S., I worked primarily with adolescents in intramural settings as well as in high schools. I received a Post-Masters degree in Systemic Therapy in 2013 from Lorentzhuis in Haarlem and I am a second level EFT therapist with a certificate from the International Center for Excellence in Emotional Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). I also have a Level 1 +2 training of the Gottman method and I am an EMDR practitioner in training.

    For the past 20+ years, I have worked in a variety of social fields in Amsterdam — from refugees and mentally handicapped families to victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. I have also experience with the expat community and their struggles with adjustment and relocation issues and guiding couples through complex divorces while maintaining the focus on the children.

    Finding the right therapist can be challenging. The alliance between client - therapist, understanding the different (cultural) grids or sometimes just feeling a ‘click’ can make a difference between a successful treatment or not. In therapy, I have a compassionate and open attitude.

    As a native English-speaking therapist, I offer counseling and therapy to individuals, couples and families as well as trainings regarding the escalation process.

    Sessions can take place in our centrally located office in Amsterdam, either in person or online. I speak English and Dutch fluently.

    Registrations:

    NVRG (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Relatie- en Gezinstherapie): NVRG-12582

    EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) : 4141

  • Gabrielle van Rijn

    Marriage & Family Therapist / Narrative Therapist

    I was born and raised in Amsterdam, where my parents landed after living in Argentina for 8 years. I, too, share their desire to travel and live in other cultures. Together with my French/Spanish husband we have lived in Buenos Aires and recently returned from a 5 year stay in Barcelona. We have two sons together.

    It is the reason why I started working with expats and other immigrants. I love the work! I use my own experiences of having a multi -cultural family and living in different cultures in my work with clients. 

    Educational background and work experience

    I was educated and trained in Amsterdam where I did my Bachelor in Psycho-Social Therapy at Inholland University in 1998 and Masters in Mental Healthcare of Applied Science at Amsterdam University in 2002. In 2010, I received my Post-Masters degree as systemic therapist through RINO. 

    Before starting my own practice in 2013, I have spent many years working in different mental healthcare centers with individuals and families. My work experience has included psychoanalytic, CBT and narrative therapy settings. My therapeutic approach can now easily be labelled as eclectic and adjusted to your personal situation. 

    In the last years, I have worked mainly with individuals, couples, or family members in processes to overcome old patterns and develop new communication and strategies in life. I am a specialist in (adult) ADHD and the effect it can have on your life and that of your family. 

    I believe in the power of language and communication. I am very fond of working with a narrative approach, which uses stories and language to reshape your history and future. In Barcelona, I also trained as a documentary photographer and if you wish, we can combine the two and include therapeutic photography in our work.

    Sessions can be offered in Amsterdam (in person or online).  I offer counseling in English, Dutch, Spanish and French.

    Registration:

    NVRG (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Relatie- en Gezinstherapie): NVRG-13021

  • Jessica Lohrmann

    Co-founder /

    Marriage & Family Therapist

    I was born and raised in Southern Germany as the child of an American father and a French-German mother. I moved to New York at the age of 20. In 2008, after having lived in the States for 16 years, I moved to Amsterdam with my Dutch husband.

    I know first-hand what the impact of moving to another country can be, having first moved to the States as a student and years later to the Netherlands as a professional and mother. Both transitions were an enriching experience but also came with its challenges: it meant I had to adjust to a new culture, learn a new language, build up another support system, all this while also having to deal with the feelings of loss and grief because I had left a great job, dear friends and family behind in the previous country.

    Educational background and experience

    I completed my BA and MSW in New York and worked at a renowned Mental Health Clinic in Manhattan as a licensed therapist with individuals, couples, families and groups. Since 2008, I have been working at various organizations in Amsterdam whilst also completing an additional two-year training to become a licensed systemic therapist in the Netherlands. I received a Post-Masters degree in Systemic Therapy in 2014 from the CTT (Collectief voor Transcultureel Therapeuten) in Amsterdam. I am also a second level EFT therapist with a certificate from the International Center for Excellence in Emotional Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).

    My approach is based on systemic therapy concepts. This approach means that the emphasis is not placed on the individual alone, but instead explores behavior patterns and human experience of individuals and their relationship to and interaction with their environment. The focus is on understanding problems in a contextual framework of the system.

    Sessions can take place in our centrally located office in Amsterdam or at your home. I offer counseling in English, German and Dutch.

    Registration:

    NVRG (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Relatie- en Gezinstherapie): NVRG-13064