Aernout Zevenbergen

Counsellor, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Expatriate Counselling
  • Grief & Loss
  • Transitions
Fr120 /Session

My Approach

I look at psychological issues in people’s lives not as problems that need to be eradicated, but as challenges that need to be respected and understood. Beating our afflictions into submission is never a long-lasting solution; within them lie the keys to liberate ourselves from them. However, ...
I look at psychological issues in people’s lives not as problems that need to be eradicated, but as challenges that need to be respected and understood. Beating our afflictions into submission is never a long-lasting solution; within them lie the keys to liberate ourselves from them. However, to find those keys it might be necessary to delve deeply and respectfully into our anger, our sadness, our stubbornness, and even into the sources of our joys, our serenity, humility and grace.

English-speaking Psychologist in NyonPsychological health, personal growth and spiritual wholeness are hardly ever the result of campaigns and strategies of war and confrontation. The domains of mind, spirit and soul do not ask for more aggression, more conflict. These domains require sincerity, curiosity, assertiveness and the ability to distinguish our own shadows from our own strengths, and our darkness from our own compassion towards ourselves and others. Our emotional health is not only the result of hormones, neurotransmitters and brain structures but is highly influenced by our own ability to “make meaning”, to create and re-create the stories of our lives – to interpret and re-interpret our own reality. By re-interpreting our own reality, that reality itself responds by changing too.

It is this process of catching our own stories and becoming the authors of our own narratives again that I refer to as “story catching” – as we ‘catch’ ourselves repeating over and over the stories of our lives, we become aware that by changing words, by changing the meaning we attach to those words that we can re-author our interpretations of our lives. This – I have found – is one of the most empowering experiences anyone can undergo.
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About Aernout

Gathering the materials for a book about "What is means to be a man?" from over a dozen countries in Africa awakened my interest in psychology, identity and spirituality. What makes us tick? What makes us human? How do we make the choices we make, and how do we live with their consequences? My...
Gathering the materials for a book about "What is means to be a man?" from over a dozen countries in Africa awakened my interest in psychology, identity and spirituality. What makes us tick? What makes us human? How do we make the choices we make, and how do we live with their consequences? My previous education in Political Science had trained me to think about the role of power and global relations. A training in Psychology added an extra layer to my ability to understand our world, and to provide assistance to individuals in a respectful and empathetic manner.
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Education

  • Master in Political Science, 1994
  • Master in Counselling Psychology, 2015

Experience

My experience as a counsellor has been in a rehabilitation facility, in a cancer care center, and with an organization working with traumatised refugees. I have also worked extensively with individual clients.

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