Located in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Barends Psychology Practice brings together an international team of licensed psychologists offering a range of treatments both face-to-face and online. Our peaceful, friendly practice is an ideal setting where you’ll feel safe and confident to explore your mental health and emotional issues.
Barends Psychology Practice was founded in January 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by psychologist Niels Barends. The practice was later relocated to Ljubljana, Slovenia in October 2015. Late 2016, psychologist Maja joined the team, and since early 2017, Barends Psychology Practice started collaborating with different online counselors from around the world: Youssef Ehab, Georgina Mieke, Roberta Fenili, and Tijana Debelić. At the moment, Barends Psychology Practice offers its services in 9 world languages: English (Maja and Niels), Dutch (Niels), Slovene (Maja), Portuguese (Roberta), Arabic (Youssef), Spanish (Roberta), Indonesian (Georgina), Italian (Tijana), and Croatian (Tijana).
For the office locations in Madrid, Cairo, Ljubljana, and Jakarta, please click here.
An open, honest, non-judgmental, and encouraging approach combined with the skills and experience of a professional and devoted therapist is what makes (online) counseling at Barends Psychology Practice a positive and unique experience. We offer treatment for a variety of mental health issues, such as: depression, relationship issues, PTSD, trauma, anxiety, phobia, stress, addiction, self-esteem, communication skills, and more.
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Niels is an online counselor and psychologist with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Developmental Psychology from the University of Amsterdam. He is specialized in cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, competitive memory training, and WRITEjunior (ptsd treatment for 4-18 year olds). He completed these post-masters courses at acknowledged training institutes (EMDR opleidingen, Cure Care Development, Van Genderen opleidingen), and Uva Minds. Before he started working as an online counselor, Niels worked for two mental health clinics in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. From the summer of 2005 until the summer of 2014, he worked at Mentrum, Arkin (formerly known as: AMC, de Meren) as a case manager and a therapist with a population presenting with long-term severe psychiatric and/or addiction issues.
Additionally, he also has worked as a therapist at JellinekMinnesota, Arkin for almost a year, before emigrating to Slovenia. At JellinekMinnesota his main focus was addiction, often accompanied by PTSD, trauma, personality disorders, and various emotional problems, such as low self-esteem and perfectionism. He also gave group sessions as well as individual sessions. The group sessions were based on Acceptance and Commitment therapy and the 12 steps of Minnesota. Niels offers his services in both Dutch and English.
Maja is a psychologist with Master’s Degree in psychology from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is specialized in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). She completed this post-masters course at the Croatian Association for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, recognized by CBT Europe. Maja has experience in individual therapy, couples therapy, and group therapy. She also offers online EMDR therapy.
Before she started working as an online counselor at Barends Psychology Practice, Maja worked for three mental health clinics, and as a volunteer she worked with children and adolescents. In 2014 and 2015 she worked for the Pediatric Clinic at the University Medical Centre Ljubljana as an intern with children with epilepsy and mental disabilities. In 2015 and 2016 Maja worked as a therapist for the Health Care Centre Vrhnika in Vrhnika, Slovenia. Here her main focus was stress and anxiety treatment. In 2016 Maja also worked as a therapist at Logout, center for digital addiction help and treatment. Maja is, besides Barends Psychology Practice, currently working as a teaching assistant at Faculty of Education, where she gives workshops and seminars for students (1st year) on Developmental psychology. She also lived abroad (Antwerp, Belgium) for several months.
At Barends Psychology Practice, Maja works as an online counselor and traditional (face-to-face) counselor. She offers (online) treatment for anxiety, PTSD, phobia, depression, stress, addiction, self-esteem, communication skills, eating disorders, relationship counseling, and more. She offers her services in both Slovene and English.
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Roberta is a psychologist enrolled with the Madrid’s Official Psychology Professional Association, with the number M-22494. She is also qualified to exercise at healthcare level in Spain. Roberta has an Honors Degree in Psychology (2003, Brazil) and a Master course in Psycho-oncology (University Complutense of Madrid, 2007), and a Master in Integrative Humanistic Psychotherapy (2010). Roberta has a sound experience treating both, patients suffering cancer and guiding their relatives (during the several stages of sickness) at hospitals and with non-profit associations/charities, and also in individualized psychotherapy, whether by face to face service or through online facilities. As a psychotherapist specialized in humanistic integrative psychotherapy, she uses different tools fitted to each individual in order to treat a wide range of matters, including self-esteem concerns, anxiety, depression, grief, emotional matters related with chronicle illness conditions, psychological treatment of physical pain and self-knowledge processes, among other matters.
Likewise, being herself an expat -resident for more than 12 years in Spain- she knows the different phases, the issues which may arise and, in the end, the long process which in turn is needed to shape one’s self to a new culture.
Further to her role as online psychotherapist at Barends Psychology Practice, Roberta works as volunteering coordinator at the Spanish Association Against Cancer. She also attends particular patients in Spain on a regular basis, both, face to face and through online service.
She offers her services in both Portuguese and Spanish.
As online counselors, Maja and Niels engage in Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) and online Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Niels also engages in Schema therapy (ST), EMDR therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT). These types of therapy are all evidence based therapies and we have chosen to master these treatment techniques, because: