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To the website of Marleen ter Avest, Psychologist, Trainer and Researcher in third generation Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (e.g., Mindfulness, Compassion, ACT, EFIT). I feel honoured to walk alongside you on your path while making more conscious decisions, based on (re-)connecting with your core values, feelings, body and needs. Leading to experiencing life more fully.

For whom


Do you experience one or several of the following: stress, burnout, restlessness, indicisiveness, uncertainty, worry, self-critical thoughts, reactivity, anxiety or feeling blue?

Would you like to unlock yourself and live life more to the fullest by stepping out of automatic unhelpful behavior, dealing better with difficult emotions and making more conscious decisions in life? Then you are at the right place. Book your first session now or check out the package deals.


Sessions are provided both in English or Dutch and are based on the following approaches:

  • Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL)

  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Problem Solving Therapy (PST)

  • MBCT for Life (MBCT-L)

With a particular focus on:

  • Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS) 

  • Stress management & Burnout

  • Over-/Understimulation

  • Personal development

  • Work/Life balance

  • Strong inner critic

Evidence Based


Research on mindfulness and compassion-based approaches has emerged rapidly over the last decennia and has shown to be effective by reducing anxiety, depression, stress, burnout, and mental distress, while improving mindfulness, well-being, compassion and job satisfaction [1,2,3]

By becoming more aware of the interplay between thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations and its resulting behavior with a mild and non-judgmental stance, space arises to step out of automatic (unhelpful) patterns (e.g., negative/critical thinking, worry or acting out). This allows you to make more conscious decisions on how to respond, rather than react. Neuroscience research supports that meditation improves self-regulation skills [4,5].


There is scientific support among several clinical (e.g., distress, depression, anxiety) and non-clinical populations (e.g., job-related, healthcare, students) that these techniques can be of support. Marleen has found that her background is best suited to helping certain high workload groups which often experience mental-health realted problems [6,7,8,9]. Therefore she focuses mainly on the following professionals, at home and abroad:

  • Expats

  • Researchers

  • Healthcare professionals

  • University employees and (PhD) students

However, everyone is welcome.

Are you in doubt or do you have any further questions? Perhaps an introductory call would be  useful.



" I experienced Marleen as a very committed trainer with genuine interest in the participants, in me. The way she guided the exercises was very calm and pleasant, leaving enough room to really experience the exercises. Marleen reacted very openly and mildly to things, which made me feel I couldn't do anything wrong. What I also appreciated was the way she brought her own examples into the training. In that way she was not standing above us, but was really one of us. Thank you for your loving attention! "



Marleen ter Avest is an international psychologist and mindfulness and compassion (teacher) trainer and supervisor based in Amsterdam and online. She has been practicing meditation over 10 years and obtained a PhD on the working mechanisms of mindfulness and compassion in people with depression in 2021. What sets Marleen's coaching and training services apart is her specialization, down-to-earth approach, and scientific knowledge. She values quality over quantity and is known for her openness, humor, non-judgmental attitude and warmth.



  • 2023 | EFIT Essentials - International Centre for Excellence in EFT, Ottawa, Ontario, CA

  • 2022 | Supervision Pathway - The Mindfulness Network, Wakefield, UK

  • 2022 | ACT Training - RINO Utrecht, NL

  • 2021 | ​PhD on working mechanisms MBCT/MBCL for depression - Radboudumc CvM, Nijmegen, NL

  • 2020 | ​Teacher TrainingMindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL, cat. A) - Instituut voor Mindfulness, Nooitgedacht, NL

  • 2019 | Teacher Training Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBSR/MBCT, cat. 1) - Radboudumc Center for Mindfulness (CvM), Nijmegen, NL

  • 2016 | MS Clinical Psychology - VU Amsterdam, NL

  • 2014 | ​BS Clinical and Organizational Psychology - VU Amsterdam, NL

  • 2010 | ​BS Medicine - Free University (VU) Amsterdam, NL

Book a Session

Coaching Session
Coaching Session
60 min
€ 105,- (excl. VAT)

Or check out the package deals and receive 5-10% discount.

Contact Marleen

If you have any other request (e.g., a workshop, lecture, or training at your company), feel free to fill out the contact form and Marleen will contact you shortly.



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