Hello and welcome to Yellow Wood! I’m Debby Poort and I’ve been helping expats in The Netherlands since 2007.

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 to the expat community what was given to me: empathy, support, and understanding

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.

As part of my professional development, I continue to train in various therapeutic modalities:

• Rumination-Focused Exposure and Response Prevention Training, Eight week training course with Dr. Michael J. Greenberg, OCD Associates, May 2022
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:
An Introductory Online Course, Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy, March 2022
• Engaging in the Rhythm of Regulation: Foundations of Polyvagal Informed Practice Part I, Four Cycles Institute, February 2021
• Stress & Burn-out, Con Amore, November 2019
• EFT, escalerende (echt)paren en geweld, Stichting EFT- Nederland, November 2019
• EFT and Persoonlijkheidsstoornissen, Stichting EFT- Nederland, January 2019
• Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Depression and Anxiety Disorders, I’m Learning ACT, Dr. Russ Harris, April 2018
• Psychosociale Basiskennis (PSBK), Con Amore, June 2016
• Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Level 1 Clinical training, June 2016
• EFT, Full day master class with Dr. Sue Johnson, April 2015
• Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), 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
• Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Four day externship 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
• MBCT Teacher training, See True Mindfulness Opleiding, April – Nov. 2010
• Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Eight week course, See True Mindfulness Training, January – March 2010

Debby Poort Yellow Wood


Yellow Wood’s philosophy is based on choices. Specifically, how we choose to respond to our thoughts and feelings, even under circumstances we cannot control.

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?


• Integrative psychotherapy degree, Nederlandse Academie voor Psychotherapie, Amsterdam, 2009

• Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, 1997

• Member of the Vereniging van Integraal Therapeuten (VIT)

• Member of the Stichting Register Beroepsoefenaren Complementaire Zorg (RBCZ)