Online psychological counselling for expats and digital nomads
Jan Kaspers — Psychologist (M.Sc.)
Professionalism, respect and protection are cornerstones of my work. I view a person not as a victim of their genes and past experiences, but rather as a self-determined being, defined by their ability to think. According to this, as an overarching counselling goal for my clients is to maximise their autonomy. This can be achieved through heightened awareness, increased spontaneity, and an enhanced capacity for intimacy.
A central focus of my work is the use of Transactional Analysis (TA). TA is an extensive psychotherapeutic and counselling method. TA assumes that humans have three distinctive ego states: the parent-state, adult-state and the child-state. To be a fully functional and satisfied individual, we need all of the three states. TA encourages us to identify destructive patterns in the usage of ego-states, and to learn different ways to use them.
Strengthening the adult-state, and an improvement in the degree of self-sufficiency are further goals. In TA the relationship between the counsellor and the client is defined on the basis of verifiable goals and agreements. Complex issues are communicated in a language that everybody can understand. Herein the approach of TA becomes obvious: that people in general see one another on an equal level. TA tries to communicate this basic attitude, which can expressed with the phrase I'm OK, you're OK.
If you are interested in finding out more about TA, please have a look at this well-made introduction video:
Beside Transactional Analysis, I also utilise concepts and ideas from behavioural and systemic therapy, non-violent communication, and mindfulness in my work.