Psychotherapy is the collective noun for treatment methods for psychiatric complaints. The client can either be an individual, a couple, a family or a group.
I am especially experienced with adults, adolescents (16+) and elderly people and can treat both individuals and couples. My preferred method of treatment is psychodynamic and systems therapy, as I feel that not only the history, but also the social environment (relationship, family, work and friends) of a client is important in treatment procedures. When problems are largely rooted in the personality of a client and therefore mingle with his or her social context and if previous short-term treatment has not been sufficiently beneficial, I usually advise psychotherapeutic treatment. For complaints that have developed recently and are not complex in nature, the help of a health care psychologist is the best solution. After a limited number of sessions, clients are usually able to manage their own lives again.
Both psychotherapy and the help of a health care psychologist are possible in my practice.

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Mediation is as old as mankind. With the help of the mediator, the parties involved in a conflict try to come to a common solution that is acceptable for both or all parties.
Mediation has become very popular in solving work-related problems, both interdepartmental and employer- employee conflict. Mediation is more and more frequently also being used to solve family conflicts in the case of divorce; either preventing divorce or preventing acrimonious divorce. Should divorce be deemed to be the “best” solution, mediation can help avoid children becoming the victims of the emotional conflict between their parents.
I am specialized in mediation in workplace conflict and divorce.

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I can be your coach if you need assistance with:

  • personal growth
  • development of your self esteem
  • exploration, development of your character and making the most of yourself
  • burn-out prevention or burn-out recovery
  • finding a better balance between work and private  life

My work as a coach benefits greatly from my training and experience as a psychotherapist.

In treating my patients, I have gained considerable sources of inspiration from Manfred Kets de Vries, Halina Brunning and Stephan Covey.

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Academic Supervision

I am an official supervisor for the NVRG and will gladly assist colleagues who are in training to become a systems therapist, This can be done, on an individual or group basis, at my practice or at your own work or internship location. I see the role of the supervisor as a very important opportunity to pass on knowledge and experience to a younger generation of therapists. Supervision follows the official rules of the NVRG.

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Since 2000 I have used the Developmental Profile (developed by Prof. Dr. R.E. Abraham) for diagnostic purposes. This method is a psycho- diagnostic instrument that enables you to make a scientifically reliable estimation of one’s emotional, cognitive and behavioral functioning. It is based on developmental and psychodynamic theories. Combined with clinical judgment it offers a weak/strong analysis of the client. This analysis can be used in the indication process for psychotherapy, as well as work-related problems.

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Irma Jochems- de Ridder, (Ma)
Practice for Psychotherapy and Coaching
Laan van Clingendael 153
2597 CC The Hague
T : 070 406 02 06
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Possibilities: Psychotherapy, Mediation, Coaching, Academic Supervision, Diagnostics ,'s-Gravenhage

Focussed Therapy

I make frequent use of many of the concepts in Emotionally Focussed Therapy. Couples experiencing problems in their relationship are able very quickly, through this therapy, to recognize, accept and change the destructive nature of their relationship.
These methods also work well for the treatment of trauma. Further reading:

Open Dialoog

In my therapeutic work I endorse the concepts of the Open Dialogue approach. The basis of this approach lies, here under, in the words of M. Bakhtin.

"To live means to participate in dialogue: to ask questions, to heed, to respond, to agree and so forth. In this dialogue a person participates wholly and throughout his whole life: with his eyes, lips, hands soul, spirit, with his whole body and deeds".

These words sum up my general approach to treatment. Clients learn to listen to themselves, and most importantly listen to, talk and communicate with others thus keeping a dialogue going. This way problems usually solve themselves. Further reading: