Works as Counsellor / Psychotherapist at First Psychology Centre, Borders.
Sander has particular experience working with men who have suffered developmental/attachment trauma and or sexual abuse and resulting psychological distress and complex interpersonal issues. In addition, he is experienced in working with people with addictive disorders and related psychological health issues such as negative self-image, internalised shame, repressed anger, and/or personality disorders. He has significant experience working with people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.
In addition, Sander offers coaching for individuals wishing to overcome obstacles to achieve their goals.
Sander's way of workingSander is an intuitive and creative practitioner who tailors his counselling / psychotherapy approach to meet the needs and preferences of each individual. He works in a person-centred and relational way, incorporating elements of cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) and DBT-informed therapy as well as drawing on other approaches including psychodynamic therapy and mindfulness-based therapies. He believes that a strong, trusting therapeutic relationship lies at the heart of successful therapy.
Sander is fluent in Dutch and is happy to work with clients who feel more comfortable speaking in this language.
Sander's background and trainingIn addition to working as an independent therapist, Sander has extensive experience of working in both residential and outpatient treatment settings in the UK, South Africa and the Netherlands.
He has an MSc in Counselling (University of Edinburgh) and he has undertaken additional training in trauma informed practice, DBT, and CBT. In addition, Sander has a BSc in Business Administration and Management,
Sander is IC&RC accredited and he is a member of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland).
Sander charges £65 a session for self-funding clients. He also works with clients referred via their employer/organisation – for further details, please visit First Psychology Assistance.