- You manage to complete your daily activities and want to strengthen your self-care practice even more.
- You have the capacity for and are open for more self-reflection.
- You are willing to open up and be vulnerable in our safe space – even if it’s a bit scary to you right now.
- You are proactive, seek out connection and address your challenge – you’re done with numbing, ignoring, or running away from it.
- You want to develop life skills, take charge of your day-to-day and lead a more fulfilling life.
- You are overwhelmed to the point that you cannot keep appointments.
- You are in a crisis situation and are currently not able to function on your own or in a group.
- You just want to vent, complain, or give unsolicited advice to others.
- You are hiding your problem behind a mask of strong image “I’m perfectly fine” – this will be counter-productive in the group, consider individual trajectory with me or come back when you are ready to own your issues.
In a small group with committed peers, we meet every other week in a virtual therapy session. Each session runs about 90 minutes. You’ll get to explore your feelings through creative expression and mindful bodyful exercises. Followed by reflection – through journaling, drawing, making meaning of your experience. There is space for sharing for those who wish.
Value: € 1800
You will meet me every week. I’ll be involved in safeguarding your process so that you can make the best out of this program. Sometimes it can mean that I’ll confront your resistance and give you direct feedback. In the creative therapy sessions, I’ll weave in the themes you currently deal with to facilitate a deeper reflection.
This is your safe space for opening up, listening and sharing, offer and receive support. With each other’s support we practice being mindful, acceptance, and compassion to others and mainly to yourself. Throughout the program you’ll have weekly opportunities for this group check-in and sharing.
Value: € 1350
One of the hardest challenge being an expat is loneliness. Your social circle comes and goes, making it more challenging to build friendships. In this program you’ll meet a steadfast tribe who are there for you, and committed peers you can build friendship with.
If you’re up for more meaningful contacts, we’ll set you up in our unique buddy system.
Irene Anggreeni, PhD, MA is a licensed creative arts therapist, mental health and wellbeing consultant. Formerly an engineer and design researcher, she makes good use of her expertise to help the international community create mental health and overall wellbeing. She values creativity, embodiment and mindfulness to empower anyone looking to feel at home in themselves.
This support tribe is her life’s work – having overcome depression and trauma, as a highly-sensitive, introverted person finding her way and making a home in a foreign culture. She’s poured her lived experience, cross-disciplinary expertise, and love into this unique program to guide you towards living your life more fully.
“Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
What are the important dates and meeting times?
All sessions take place on Wednesday from 16 CET.
The creative therapy sessions are recorded. So you can catch up later in case you have to miss one.
Once you enrol you’ll receive our program calendar.
What I need is an in-depth, individual therapy. Do you also offer that?
Yes, I offer individual sessions separately from this support tribe. If you find that individual therapy with me fits your need best, then I’d recommend you not to apply to this group program for the moment.
If you have any doubt whether this support tribe is for you or are considering a personalised trajectory, contact me.
Is this group program a “legit” therapy? Can my insurance cover the cost?
Well, I am a licensed psychotherapist. And I’ll use my therapist ‘hat’ where a certain process asks for it. This group program, however, does not fit the conventional therapy usually covered by health insurance.
If you work with me on an individual basis, you could be eligible for partial coverage from your Dutch health insurance. Please ask my details before consulting your health insurer.
Do I need to have a diagnosis to join this group?
Definitely not. Above all we value prevention. A diagnosis of depression, anxiety disorder or burnout is neither a badge of honour nor a taboo to hide. It is normal to experience mental and emotional challenges while living abroad and away from your familiar support system.
If you have the slightest concern about your health and wellbeing, reach out to us.
I’m already in therapy and feel this program can support me even more. Can I combine both?
Great that you’re proactively looking for support. I advise you to first discuss with your therapist about joining this program. I’m open to liaising with your therapist with your permission.
What I’ve experienced firsthand and observed from my clients is that the conventional mental health care may not fully answer your needs – eg belonging, safe space to share, caring friendship, knowhow to deal with typical expat challenges. These could be what you’re still missing right now. This support tribe fills that gap.
I do need psychological support, but I cannot afford this. What should I do?
Don’t hesitate to book a free 15-min consultation with me. Depending on your situation, I may be able to help you explore your options and point you in the right direction.
What is your cancelation policy?
So with all positive intention you enrol in this program, but then you cannot attend or need to drop out…
If you are dealing with a serious illness or personal crisis, please reach out to me. I can send you a refund, postpone your participation for when you’re ready to come back, or arrange another solution for you.
If you cancel, drop out or not show up for non-critical reason “I don’t feel like it”, “I changed my mind”, “I cannot commit the time”, you will not receive a refund. This is a non-negotiable policy.
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