Master Clinical Neuropsychology and Yoga teacher
With a background in neuropsychology, mindfulness and yoga, Emma Harmsen (1983) is convinced that small adjustments in behaviour can lead to big, positive changes. ‘I recommend that everyone has a mental health check from time to time.’
Experience & Expertise
- Single Session Therapy (SST)
- EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
- ACT – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
‘People can come to me if they want to break through ingrained patterns and gain insight into their blind spots. I help people with burn-out problems, work-life-balance and I know how to deal with fear, panic and worry. I also have a lot of experience in coaching managers, entrepreneurs and young professionals.’
What is your style as a coach?
‘I am empathic, but I also like to be concrete: to name what I see. As soon as I meet someone, I can usually pinpoint the core of the problem fairly quickly. I pay attention to the past, where certain thoughts and patterns come from, but I always make a connection to the present: what can you do about it now? That is where the growth lies.
Awareness is an important part of my work. I often talk to people who have to do everything for themselves: they have to be the best employee, a great parent and loving partner, they have to exercise five times a week and they have to have a compelling social life. My question is: who does this belong to? And do they really have to?
I believe in prevention. Recognising the signs of stress in time, so that worse can be prevented. I recommend that everyone has a mental health check from time to time.
I am convinced that a seemingly small adjustment in behaviour can lead to big, positive changes. Make time for a walk in the woods, say “no” if you don’t feel like it – and see what happens.’
What is your background?
‘I graduated in Clinical Neuropsychology. Super interesting, the influence of the brain on your behaviour. Then I worked in various places, including the forensic field, and became proficient in all kinds of treatment methods, such as EMDR, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness. About ten years ago I started my own practice.
People can come to me if they want to break through ingrained patterns and gain insight into their blind spots. I help people with burnout problems, work life balance and I know how to deal with fear, panic and worry. I also have a lot of experience in coaching managers, entrepreneurs and young professionals.
I live with my boyfriend and my son in a surfing village near Lisbon. I enjoy nature, being outdoors. People here live more in the moment. Besides being a psychologist and coach, I am a yoga teacher and I have my own company in sportswear.’
What do you like about SST-coaching?
‘It always gives me a good feeling when I have been able to put myself in the client’s shoes, when together we have reached the core of the problem and I have given the client tools that they can use. Together, because coaching is an interaction.
I love to see how one can use the Single Session Therapy (SST) Method to really help someone find their way again in just one session’
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