Persephone Protouli Drs, MSc
Born and raised in Greece to a Greek father and a Romanian mother, I moved to The Netherlands in 2011.
After finishing my Psychology bachelor studies in Athens, I obtained my Master degree in Clinical Psychology from Leiden University and a four-year Psychotherapy training as a Gestalt therapist from the Dutch Institute of Gestalt, registered under the European Association of Psychotherapy.
I work as a Psychologist in my private practice. My main area of interest lays in working with Anxiety disorders, Self-esteem issues, Trauma issues, burn-out and Attachment disorders.
I have a multicultural upbringing and speak Greek, Romanian, English, and Dutch. Having been brought up between two cultures has allowed me an in-depth understanding of the Expat experience.
I have a strong interest in human relationships and their ability to heal.
In my practice, I work with individuals and couples.
I have a particular interest in working with people that are troubled by anxiety, low self-confidence, and relationship issues. I also work a lot with issues pertaining to raising children and maintaining a strong bond with a partner while living abroad. I have always been keen on working closely with couples and feel competent in helping those struggling with issues regarding self-fulfillment. However, I also work with clients with eating disorders, depression and burn out.
One of my personal goals as a therapist is to help normalize the act of going to therapy. There should be nothing shameful or embarrassing in seeking help. I firmly believe that healthy relationships heal all wounds and restore balance, and a therapist's office offers a safe and nurturing environment to feel accepted.
WHY EXPATS IN THERAPY?
As an expat myself living in The Netherlands, I have direct experience of some of the challenges that come with living and working abroad. I have also lived in Spain and Greece where I obtained my BA in Psychology, before moving to the Netherlands to complete my MSc in Clinical Psychology in Leiden.