• About Us

  • Ooshani Suma

    Systemic Therapist

    I was born and raised in California as a daughter of immigrant parents. I loved to travel and decided to embark on a new adventure by moving to the Netherlands in 1996 with my Dutch husband. I understand the challenges of moving to another country, leaving behind family, friends, culture, language, and career connections. I know how trying it can be to build up a new life (both personal and professional) in a new country, as well as dealing with differences in a bicultural relationship, and raising bilingual children. Because of these personal experiences, I believe that there are a variety of ways to better understand and overcome the hurdles that expat life can present to you.

    Educational background and experience

    I received my Bachelors of Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and my Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. In the U.S., I worked primarily with adolescents in intramural settings as well as in high schools. I received a Post-Masters degree in Systemic Therapy in 2013 from Lorentzhuis in Haarlem and I am a first level EFT therapist certified by the International Center for Excellence in Emotional Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). I am also an EMDR practitioner in training.

    For the past 20 years, I have worked in a variety of social fields in Amsterdam — from refugees and mentally handicapped families to victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. I have also experience with the expat community and their struggles with adjustment and relocation issues and guiding couples through complex divorces while maintaining the focus on the children.

    Finding the right therapist can be challenging. The alliance between client - therapist, understanding the different (cultural) grids or sometimes just feeling a ‘click’ can make a difference between a successful treatment or not. In therapy, I have a compassionate and open attitude.

    As a native English-speaking therapist, I offer counseling and therapy to individuals, couples and families as well as trainings regarding the escalation process.

    Sessions can take place in our centrally located office in Amsterdam or at your home. I speak English and Dutch fluently.

    Registrations:

    NVRG (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Relatie- en Gezinstherapie): NVRG-12582

    EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) : 4141

  • Dana Popa

    Systemic Therapist

    I am from Transylvania, Romania, a melting pot of various cultures. There, I’ve learned that multi-ethnicity is part of life. I have been living in the Netherlands since I was 21. I dared to step in the unknown realm of a new culture, language and life. My own search to understand the impact of more than one culture on one’s life, relationship or family has given a new turn to my development. My own transition to a new environment taught me how turbulent on all levels of relocation can be. This rich journey brought me to where I am today: a coach and systemic therapist (relationship and family therapy), specializing in internationals and refugees. I have experienced that compassion, non-judging attitude and empathy are essential in providing a safe place where difficult issues can turn into new choices.

    Being a mother of a child with various cultural roots and backgrounds keeps me reflecting on my own way of dealing with different perspectives, thereby becoming more empathetic and a better listener.

    Educational background and experience

    After working and studying in various Dutch health care institutions in my twenties, I decided to open my own practice in 2002. Ever since, I have been collaborating with different health care organizations. I am also part of Transparant (Centrum voor Geestelijke Gezondheidszorg) in Leiden as a behavioral and systemic therapist.

    Since 1996, I am a SPV (Social Psychiatric Assistant) in the Netherlands (BIG registration 39046023130). I am a licensed behavioral therapist with a degree from RINO Utrecht. Since 2013, I am a first level EFT therapist certified by the International Center for Excellence in Emotional Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). In 2014, I graduated with a Post-Masters degree in cross-cultural Systemic Therapy at the CTT (Collectief voor Transculturele Therapeuten) in Amsterdam.

    I work with mixed couples dealing with various issues such as: parenting, gender roles at home and work, communication, intimacy, and stressful lifestyles. I also have experience in working with blended families, helping clients to understand more deeply the complexities of this unique family dynamic. I pay special attention to parenting in a multicultural environment.

    Sessions can take place in our centrally located office in Leiden. I speak English, Romanian and Dutch fluently. Individual sessions are welcome!

  • Jessica Lohrmann

    Systemic Therapist

    I was born and raised in Southern Germany as the child of an American father and a French-German mother. I moved to New York at the age of 20. In 2008, after having lived in the States for 16 years, I moved to Amsterdam with my Dutch husband.

    I know first-hand what the impact of moving to another country can be, having first moved to the States as a student and years later to the Netherlands as a professional and mother. Both transitions were an enriching experience but also came with its challenges: it meant I had to adjust to a new culture, learn a new language, build up another support system, all this while also having to deal with the feelings of loss and grief because I had left a great job, dear friends and family behind in the previous country. 

    Educational background and experience

    I completed my BA and MSW in New York and worked at a renowned Mental Health Clinic in Manhattan as a licensed therapist with individuals, couples, families and groups. Since 2008, I have been working at various organizations in Amsterdam whilst also completing an additional two-year training to become a licensed systemic therapist in the Netherlands. I received a Post-Masters degree in Systemic Therapy in 2014 from the CTT (Collectief voor Transcultureel Therapeuten) in Amsterdam. I am also a first level EFT therapist certified by the International Center for Excellence in Emotional Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).

    My approach is based on systemic therapy concepts. This approach means that the emphasis is not placed on the individual alone, but instead explores behavior patterns and human experience of individuals and their relationship to and interaction with their environment. The focus is on understanding problems in a contextual framework of the system.

    Sessions can take place in our centrally located office in Amsterdam or at your home. I offer counseling in English, German and Dutch.

    Registration:

    NVRG (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Relatie- en Gezinstherapie): NVRG-13064