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Located in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Barends Psychology Practice brings together an international team of licensed psychologists based in Cairo (Egypt), Stuart (Florida), Madrid (Spain), Rijeka (Croatia), and Jakarta (Indonesia). We offer a range of treatments both face-to-face and online. Our peaceful, friendly practice is an ideal setting where you’ll feel safe and confident to explore your mental health and emotional issues.
Barends Psychology Practice was founded in January 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by psychologist Niels Barends. The practice was later relocated to Ljubljana, Slovenia in October 2015. Late 2016, psychologist Maja joined the team, and since early 2017, Barends Psychology Practice started collaborating with different online counselors from around the world: Susanna Zito, Youssef Ehab, Roberta Fenili, Marylise Zwarts, and Tijana Debelić. At the moment, Barends Psychology Practice offers its services in 10 world languages: English (Niels and Susanna), Dutch (Niels), Slovenian (Maja), Portuguese and Spanish (Roberta), Arabic (Youssef), Italian and Croatian (Tijana), and French (Marylise).
For the office locations in Madrid, Cairo, Ljubljana, and Stuart (Florida), please click here.
Niels is an online counselor and psychologist with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Developmental Psychology from the University of Amsterdam. He is specialized in cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, competitive memory training, and WRITEjunior (ptsd treatment for 4-18 year olds). He completed these post-masters courses at acknowledged training institutes (EMDR opleidingen, Cure Care Development, Van Genderen opleidingen), and Uva Minds. Before he started working as an online counselor, Niels worked for two mental health clinics in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. From the summer of 2005 until the summer of 2014, he worked at Mentrum, Arkin (formerly known as: AMC, de Meren) as a case manager and a therapist with a population presenting with long-term severe psychiatric and/or addiction issues.
Additionally, he also has worked as a therapist at JellinekMinnesota, Arkin for almost a year, before emigrating to Slovenia. At JellinekMinnesota his main focus was addiction, often accompanied by PTSD, trauma, personality disorders, and various emotional problems, such as low self-esteem and perfectionism. He also gave group sessions as well as individual sessions. The group sessions were based on Acceptance and Commitment therapy and the 12 steps of Minnesota. Niels offers his services in both Dutch and English.
Dr. Susanna Zito is a Dr. in Clinical Psychology with over ten years experience working in the mental health field. She is trained at the doctoral level in Australia and has furthered her training in a variety of clinical thereupetic modalities like CBT, ACT, mindfulness based stress reduction, mindfulness self compassion and EMDR.
Susanna has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in various government and non government organisation supporting individuals struggling with a number of issues like anxiety, depression, trauma, difficult life transitions, substance use problems and Impulsive behaviours.
She has also extensive international experience working in Fiji training counsellors of local NGOs, in Thailand in luxury rehabilitation settings, and in Bali leading Yoga and Wellness retreats.
Susanna is also a level 2 (500 hrs) Yoga Teacher with an interest and specialisation in Trauma Sensitive Yoga.
The online psychology service offered by Dr Susanna is confidential, safe, supportive and determined by the client’s pace and needs.
Susanna works with adolescents, young adults and adult clients from all walks of life and from all over the world.
Susanna is registered in Australia as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA, the national registration body.
Maja is a psychologist with Master’s Degree in psychology from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is specialized in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). She completed this post-masters course at the Croatian Association for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, recognized by CBT Europe. Maja has experience in individual therapy, couples therapy, and group therapy. She also offers online EMDR therapy.
Before she started working as an online counselor at Barends Psychology Practice, Maja worked for three mental health clinics, and as a volunteer she worked with children and adolescents. In 2014 and 2015 she worked for the Pediatric Clinic at the University Medical Centre Ljubljana as an intern with children with epilepsy and mental disabilities. In 2015 and 2016 Maja worked as a therapist for the Health Care Centre Vrhnika in Vrhnika, Slovenia. Here her main focus was stress and anxiety treatment. In 2016 Maja also worked as a therapist at Logout, center for digital addiction help and treatment. Maja is, besides Barends Psychology Practice, currently working as a teaching assistant at Faculty of Education, where she gives workshops and seminars for students (1st year) on Developmental psychology. She also lived abroad (Antwerp, Belgium) for several months.
At Barends Psychology Practice, Maja works as an online counselor and traditional (face-to-face) counselor. She offers (online) treatment for anxiety, PTSD, phobia, depression, stress, addiction, self-esteem, communication skills, eating disorders, relationship counseling, and more. She offers her services in both Slovene and English.
Marylise is an (online) counselor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Paris 8 University (2002). She has been practicing for 15 years in France and in the USA as a clinical psychologist, mental health counselor and fully trained EMDR therapist. Marylise offers individual, couple and EMDR therapy online and face-to-face.
Marylise has worked with adults in various environments, including mental health institutions (hospital Ville-Evrard and Hospital Sainte –Anne in France) , not-for-profit organizations (sos Suicide in France and House of Hope in Florida), substance abuse treatment centers (BHOPB, Florida and Amitie presence Paris) and in private practice in France and in the USA.
Trained in criminology and victimology (university Paris V Descartes in Paris), Marylise completed her EMDR training in 2008. She also completed in 2015 a specialization certificate “The use of EMDR with complex trauma and dissociative symptoms” (EMDRIA institute of the USA).
Marylise provides (online) treatment to individuals and couples struggling with depression, grief and loss, addiction, emotional and anxiety disorder, personality disorder, phobia, OCD, PTSD and more.
Being herself an expat residing for 10 years in the USA, Marylise is particularly qualified to help other expats to overcome the grief and difficulties they experience while adapting to a new culture.
Marylise utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques, such as the person-centered approach (Carl Rogers), Cognitive and Behavioral approach (CBT), solution focused brief therapy (SFBT), the psychodynamic approach and EMDR, to guide her clients through a fast healing process.
Further to her role as online psychotherapist at Barends Psychology, Marylise attends particular patients in the USA both face-to-face and through online services.
Marylise strongly believes in people’s capacity to use their own resources to recover from difficult experiences and to develop their coping skills to embrace a fulfilling life.
Marylise offers her services in French.
As online counselors, Maja and Niels engage in Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) and online Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Niels also engages in Schema therapy (ST), EMDR therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT). These types of therapy are all evidence based therapies and we have chosen to master these treatment techniques, because: