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LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST
MANAGE STRESS | BURNOUT | REACTIVITY

Introduction

CHALLENGES

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 probably at the right place. Don't hesitate to contact Marleen and find out if you are a good fit.

APPROACHES

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

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

  • Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)

  • Problem Solving Therapy (PST)

With a particular focus on:

  • Stress / Burnout

  • Work-Life balance

  • Strong Inner Critic

  • Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS)

  • Personal development

 

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Evidence Base

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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, room arises to step out of automatic (unhelpful) patterns, such as negative/critical thinking, worry or acting out. Subsequently, backed-up by neuroscience research, self-regulation skills improve [4,5leading to more conscious decisions on how to respond, rather than react

...AND FOR WHOM?

Research shows scientific support among several clinical (e.g. depression, anxiety) and non-clinical populations (e.g., healthcare, students). Given Marleens' background and the high workload with accompanied mental-health related problems in these fields [6,7,8,9], she focuses mainly on the following (international) professions:

  • University employees and students

  • Healthcare professionals

  • Researchers

  • Expats

Reviews

Carlos, NL

" The coaching sessions have brought me a lot of new insights. I think that many people could benefit from coaching or a training from Marleen, because she really listens well and has a lot of knowledge and insights to help others. " 

About

BACKGROUND

MAIN EDUCATION

ABOUT

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 Emotionally Focused Therapy, Ottawa, Ontario, CA

  • 2022 | Supervision Pathway - The Mindfulness Network, UK

  • 2022 | ACT Training - RINO Utrecht, NL

  • 2017 - 2021 | ​PhD working mechanisms MBCT/MBCL for depression - Radboudumc Center for Mindfulness, NL

  • 2020 | ​Teacher Training Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL, cat. A) - Institute for Mindfulness, NL

  • 2017 - 2019 | Teacher Training Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBSR/MBCT, cat. 1) - Radboudumc Center for Mindfulness, NL

  • 2015 - 2016 | MS Clinical Psychology - VU Amsterdam, NL

  • 2012 - 2014 | ​BS Clinical and Organizational Psychology - VU Amsterdam, NL

  • 2007 - 2010 | ​BS Medicine - VU Amsterdam, NL

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CONTACT

If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please fill out the contact form.

PHONE

+31 (0)6 40 18 46 98

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