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About Kristine

Danish & English speaking
About Kristine

Danish & English speaking junior psychologist

I started my journey in Psychology after working as a campaigner for Human Rights with Amnesty International in Denmark. I still had a different career path in mind, when a lightbulb went off in my brain: “I want to work with people. I want to help my community”.

How I ended up in Psychology? It is a good question.

Although I was originally headed for biochemical engineering during high school, it is actually no surprise to me that I have ended up in a completely different part of ‘town’ – psychology. Had they offered classes on this topic in kindergarten I would probably have gotten there sooner. Instead I took the road less travelled to get here and for that I can only be grateful.

And so I began, at first in Utrecht, at the University College there. I slowly meandered my way through all the courses they had in Psychology and Anthropology. I took great interest in where the two fields overlapped, such as in Cross-cultural Psychology and Social Psychology.

I think specifically because of my broad worldview and experience with understanding different cultures. But I had found my calling through all this exploration – some might say – and it was Clinical Psychology. This calling took me abroad, where I continued studying Psychology at the University of Stirling in Scotland and later, Clinical Psychology at Newcastle University.

During these different degrees I spent time volunteering, as I still wanted to help my community whilst I was qualifying to become a Clinical Psychologist. I volunteered at a local Scottish charity that supports families going through divorce and separation, a charity that gives special education activity support, psychiatric facility support and teaches English to local communities in Sri Lanka, and at a charity that supports women that have experienced sexual violence. I also championed the rights of the homeless or those in other bad housing situations for a UK-based charity.

Now I am back in the Netherlands, which brings me to a different local community that I want to contribute to and is one that I’m already a part of. I am Danish but an international at heart, having grown up abroad and moved around a lot during life. The expat community has always been my home, no matter where I have lived in the world. This means that I share many of the experiences that clients will have too and this common ground is a platform for empathy to flourish. My hope is that clients can feel listened to and understood with me, as I am patient, warm and have quite an old soul.

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Selvom jeg oprindeligt troede at jeg skulle være biokemiker da jeg gik på gymnasiet er det faktisk ikke nogen overraskelse for mig at jeg endte op et helt andet sted, nemlig i psykologi. Hvis man havde tilbudt psykologi som fag i børnehaven var jeg sikkert kommet hertil noget tidligere. I stedet var det via omveje at jeg endte her og det er jeg taknemmelig for.

Jeg startede min rejse i psykologi verdenen efter jeg havde arbejdet som kampagnearbejder for menneskerettigheder ved Amnesty International i Danmark. På det tidspunkt havde jeg stadig en anden karriere i tankerne da der pludselig gik et lys op for mig; ‘Jeg vil arbejde med mennesker. Jeg vil hjælpe i samfundet’.

Og sådan startede jeg, først i Utrecht på University College Utrecht. Jeg arbejdede mig igennem alle de kurser de tilbød indenfor psykologi og antropologi. Jeg var specielt interesseret i der hvor de to felter overlappede, for eksempel i cross-kulturel psykologi og social psykologi. Jeg tror dette specielt var på grund af mit brede verdens billede og erfaring med at forstå forskellige kulturer. Men jeg havde fundet mit ‘kald’ -ville nogle nok sige- gennem al denne udforskning og det var klinisk psykologi. Dette kald tog mig i første omgang til Stirling i Skotland hvor jeg læste psykologi på Stirling Universitet og senere Klinisk Psykologi på Newcastle Universitet.

Ved siden af disse studier brugte jeg også tid på frivilligt arbejde da jeg stadig ville hjælpe i samfundet samtidig med at jeg var ved at uddanne mig til klinisk psykolog. Jeg arbejdede som frivillig ved en lokal skotsk velgørenhedsorganisation som hjælper og støtter familier som går igennem skilsmisse og separation. Derudover ved en velgørenhedsorganisation som tilbyder support for specialundervisning og psykiatriske faciliteter, samt undervisning i engelsk til lokale samfund i Sri Lanka. Ydermere arbejdede jeg for en velgørenhedsorganisation som hjælper kvinder der havde været ude for seksuelle overgreb; jeg arbejdede også ved en organisation der førte kampagner for de hjemløse og folk i andre dårlige hus situationer i Storbritannien.

Nu er jeg så tilbage i Holland hvilket bringer mig til et nyt lokalsamfund, som jeg har lyst til at hjælpe og som jeg allerede selv er en del af. Jeg er oprindeligt dansker men jeg er i hjertet international da jeg er vokset op i udlandet og har derfor flyttet en del rundt igennem hele livet. Expat samfundet har altid været mit hjem lige meget hvor i verden jeg har befundet mig. Dette betyder at jeg deler mange af de oplevelser som mine klienter også oplever og denne fælles grund er en platform hvor empati kan blomstre. Mit håb er at mine klienter føler sig lyttet til og forstået da jeg er både tålmodig, varm og har en gammel sjæl.