My name is Debby Poort. I was born and raised in America and relocated to the Netherlands in 2000. After adjusting to life in Holland, I decided to pursue a career in psychotherapy and counseling. I studied at the Dutch Academy for Psychotherapy (Nederlandse Academie voor Psychotherapie) where I earned a four year degree in integrative psychotherapy.
I established Yellow Wood in order to serve and give back the expat community what was given to me: support, acceptance and understanding. Despite leading a somewhat typical Dutch life with Dutch family and friends, I still feel deeply connected to the expat community and English speaking expats still remain an important aspect of my life here.
If you find yourself in need of therapy or counseling while living in the Netherlands, having someone to talk to who not only speaks your native tongue but also understands the complexities of living abroad can be extremely reassuring. This is especially true if you are having difficulty with adjusting to life here.
I aim to offer more than just my training and experience as a therapist, I utilize my own expat background to meet you where you are on your unique journey in Holland.
Yellow Wood's Philosophy
Yellow Wood’s philosophy is based on choices. When we travel down the road of life we all have to make many decisions along the way. The more options we have available to us, the better we are able deal with the bumps and sidetracks that are an inevitable part of the journey.
When things are going right for us, the possibilities may seem endless. However, during difficult times, potential opportunities may seem limited or non-existent. There may be circumstances out of our control that convince us that we have no choice over how we think, act or feel and that things will never change.
At Yellow Wood we believe that there are always choices to be made about our thoughts, feelings and actions, even under circumstances we cannot control. How we respond to difficult situations is often more important than changing the situation, especially when it is not within our power to do so. The ability to recognize choices, or potential new roads that lie ahead, is the first step in making a change, whether it be choosing a different path or staying the course.
What choice will you make today?
• Level 1 Clinical training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, June 2016
• Full day master class in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson, April 2015
• Full day master class with Jon Kabat-Zinn, April 2015
• Full day master class with Dr. Daniel Siegel, April 2015
• The Hold Me Tight® Facilitator training program, Stichting EFT- Nederland, September 2013
• Four day externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson, April 2013
• Teach .b certification course, Mindfulness in Schools Project, March 2013
• Five day silent insight meditation retreat for MBCT teachers with Christina Feldman and John Peacock, March 2012
• Mindful Schools curriculum training, Mindful Schools, July 2011
• Teacher training in MBCT, See True Mindfulness Opleiding, April – Nov. 2010
• Eight week course in MBCT, See True Mindfulness Training, January – March 2010
• Member of the Vereniging van Integraal Therapeuten (VIT)
• Member of the Stichting Register Beroepsoefenaren Complementaire Zorg (RBCZ)
• Integrative psychotherapy degree, Nederlandse Academie voor Psychotherapie, 2009
• Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Wheaton College, 1997
• AGB code: 90-040878
• RBCZ: 103088R
• A-member VIT: 367.10.A
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