Are you someone who is on the brink of a transition from one phase in life to another?
Are you a player in an unhealthy relationship?
Are you confronted with your own boundaries?
Are you suffering from depression, insomnia, physical issues? Is your coping style triggering new issues?
Loes le Blanc-Kaijen
The aim of counselling is to improve your healthy state of mind and being. My approach is to offer you the opportunity to give purpose to your life.
The integrative therapist focusses on the healthy part of the client, contrary to the medical model that focuses on the cure of illnesses. This is one of the key differentiators between the integrative method and regular psychological care.
Psychotherapy & hypnotherapy
The integrative approach offers you a program in both the outside world at the level of situations, triggers and behaviour as well as the inside world at the level of thoughts, associations and emotions – that particular feeling you have inside. In that sense, integrative therapy goes beyond cognitive behavioural therapy and body-oriented therapies.
You can make an appointment for an intake by email, by phone or through the contact form on this website.
Loes le Blanc-Kaijen
Loes le Blanc-Kaijen (1972) is a certified hypnotherapist and counselor, trained at the Dutch Academy for Psychotherapy in Amsterdam.
Loes was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and became an English native speaker whilst spending a part of her youth in the United States.
After her graduation at the Erasmiaans Gymnasium in Rotterdam, she obtained her masters in Healthcare Sciences from the Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Loes subsequently worked as a project manager for a US telecom corporation and as a consultant for the Erasmus University Hospital in Rotterdam.
As a result of a number of life changing events Loes decided to transition to a different course and use her experiences to counsel others. Her practice is based in Amsterdam (Europaplein), with a client focus group for english speaking residents in the Netherlands. Her ambition is to specialise in integrative trauma therapy.
A pile of stones, Buddha statues, the sound of small rivers flowing by…
Happy coach, find the inner child, go to the core, create space within yourself… What a nonsense!
This is the firm belief of Loes le Blanc, certified (hypno)therapist and counselor, trained at the Dutch Academy for Psychotherapy in Amsterdam. Loes resents the exponential growth of coaches that offer healing, inner peace and “absolute” happiness on their websites. She also distances herself from regular medical care (GGZ) where treatment is only covered by insurances if a client has been diagnosed with a psychological disorder. A powerful statement that Loes will expand on and explain further below.
Integrative Psychotherapy embraces an attitude towards the practice of psychotherapy that affirms the inherent value of each individual. It is a unifying psychotherapy that responds appropriately and effectively to the person at the affective, behavioral, cognitive, and physiological levels of functioning, and addresses as well the spiritual dimension of life.
The term “integrative” of Integrative Psychotherapy has a number of meanings. It refers to the process of integrating the personality: taking disowned, unaware, or unresolved aspects of the self and making them part of a cohesive personality. It is about reducing the use of defense mechanisms that inhibit spontaneity and limit flexibility in problem solving, health maintenance and relating to people.
The integrative approach is about discussing and solving specific problems, making decisions, dealing with crises, improve relationships, development issues, the improvement of personal awareness and efficiency, and dealing with emotions, thoughts and internal conflicts in an adequate manner. The general aim is to offer you the possibility to give meaning to your life with the ultimate goal to have a meaningful life, both as an individual and as a member of society.
Last century’s way of thinking – a clear distinction between body and mind – has been a detour in medical history. A human being is much more than a physical form (medical model), thoughts and behaviour (cognitive behaviour therapy), interaction with his or her surroundings (transactional analysis, system therapy), et cetera.
The so-called tree metaphor is a powerful metaphor that can act as a human clarification model. This metaphor considers a human being as a tree that grows in a certain social context and develops into adultness. In its turn, the tree and its development influences its surroundings: A tree can force out other trees and bushes, can take away sunlight, can catch a lot of wind, et cetera.
Many human dimensions can be depicted by this tree metaphor:
• The roots of the tree represent its genetics; the almost unchangeable core items of a human being (gender, physical appearance).
• The trunk of the tree is the symbol of your core beliefs about our self, others and life. Changes to the trunk of the tree have a huge impact on growth and development of the tree.
• The big branches symbolise beliefs: rules to live by, items you apply from your social context, judgements about yourself and the other.
• Smaller branches are automatically appearing thoughts, associations and emotions.
• The leaves represent the behaviour that a tree shows in the outside world.
• The climate in which the tree grows, reflects past and current developments and the social context of the tree.
Therapy often uses a “leaf for leaf” approach. When the first leaf is dealt with, usually another leaf moves in. In such cases it seems more efficient to focus on the branch to which the leaves are attached. In other words: which thoughts, associations and emotions are at the root of the behaviour? As a next step, you can then decide how to fertilise the soil in order for the roots to take in this nutrition and pass it on to the branches and the leaves. You can also discuss how we can influence the climate in order for the tree to grow.
More exciting, however, is the question about that “something” that causes the tree to grow. Integrative therapists consider this “something” part of every human being. Of course the growth of a tree is impacted when climate and surroundings are affected. And sometimes you wish you could sanitise the trees surroundings… However, this is not how the integrative method works; it operates on a different level.
Even though the tree metaphor can be fitting, the human being is more than a tree! A human being has a soul, a will, wishes, dreams and ambitions. That “something” is our imagination, our unconsciousness that navigates us through the sea of our lives. Did you know that our imagination is stronger than any of our will power? If you change your own growth and development, this eventually will have an impact on the forest in which you were once planted as a human being.
The integrative approach offers you both a program in the outside world at the level of situations, triggers and behaviour as well as the inside world at the level of thoughts, associations and emotions – that particular feeling you have inside. In that sense, integrative therapy goes beyond cognitive behavioural therapy and body-oriented therapies.
As the tree metaphor already shows: Treatment of deeper aspects like core beliefs, emotions and physical sensations have a large impact on more superficial aspects like behaviour and thinking. Integrative psychotherapy works with a model in which the deeper brain structures determine emotions and behaviours exhibited by a human being in the outside world. But the deeper these brain structures are located, the more difficult these structures can be accessed for therapeutic change.
The main question is: are you going to work from the outside-in or inside-out? Top-down or bottom-up? The benefit of the integrative approach is that you can offer a program in both the “outside world” at the level of situation, triggers and behaviour, as in the “inner world” at the level of thoughts, emotions and that particular feeling inside you. This means you are twice as effective! Integrative therapy includes much more than, for example, cognitive behavioural therapy or body-oriented work itself.
The idea that your brain directs and regulates your thoughts, emotions and behaviour is outdated. When you realise that 80% of the impulses enters our neurology from the body into the brain (bottom up, instead of top-down!), this has major implications for our attitude towards our cognition, our emotions and our behaviour! We have no conscious control over an important part of our nervous system. Thinking about the brain as the control centre that regulates everything is therefore incomplete and too limited. It is not possible to disconnect the body and the mind completely. Focus on sub- and unconscious behaviour from neuropsychological and physical point of view is essential. The realization that a large part of cognition, related emotions and behaviour are influenced by the unconscious part of the autonomic nervous system, impact the paradigm of effective therapy.
A third of our life takes place in sub- or unconscious state, in our sleep and our dreams. It has been scientifically proven that we develop ourselves in our sleep and our dreams. Unfortunately our sleep is not really suitable for therapeutic change. Isn’t it extraordinary to have access to those parts of our brain, through integrative hypnotherapeutical trance?
How do you get access to the unconscious part of the nervous system? The integrative approach to hypnotherapy focuses on the human power of visualisation: your imagination. Through trance we have, consciously or less consciously, access to the inexhaustible source of our human imagination. In our imagination, we can experience images from past events with all associated emotions, physical sensations and behaviours that go with them. We can create images and events; we can create a new world. In a conscious state we have only limited insight into who we are.
Change your inner world
In trance we can indulge in our darkest dreams. We have a world at our disposal with everything a human can experience: voices, images, sounds, temperature, feelings, experiences, weather. We can move, learn, speak, feel emotions and sensations, without moving our bodies actually. While in trance, our brain structures change us from within. Not only our dreamlike trances control our subconscious, but they also affect us in the tangible conscious world.
Often we tend to seek the explanation for our confusing world full of fear, sadness and anger in external factors and our life’s history. In reality, they are mainly a reflection of the concerns we people deal with in our souls. Change your inner world, learn, develop your personality and grow, heal and transform. In this new state of being, you experience the world around you differently.
You make an appointment for an intake interview. This can be done via e-mail, telephone, or through the contact form on this website. Typically, the intake duration is between one and one and a half hours. After mutual agreement to continue the counselling, we agree on treatment method, price, duration, time, location and number of sessions. You have to submit a copy of your identification before the first session.
Counselling takes place on a private basis. Counselling does not fall under deductible health insurance and you do not need a referral from your GP. Rates are competitive and can be obtained by phone. All rates include 21% VAT.
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