Hailing all the way from the Netherlands, Anneke now calls Bondi (and The Indigo Project), home. A frequent traveller who has grown up in Nepal, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands, Anneke still takes pleasure in stopping and petting dogs on the street. We like her already.
Welcome to the Indigo family! We’re so glad to have you as our new Clinical Psychologist. Could you tell us about your journey, how did you make your way into this path and why did you choose Mental Health?
My journey as a psychologist started out with an interest and passion for adoption and child (developmental) psychology. I found a great amount of fulfilment working with children and teenagers with diverse mental health issues for the past 11 years in the Netherlands. Since moving to Australia, my focus has shifted to broadening the age range of my clients, including adults and the elderly. My main focus is on trauma treatment while incorporating mindfulness and meditation into my sessions.
I followed my bliss and moved to Sydney so I could enjoy the outdoors and sunshine. I hope to do the same for my clients - to help them break down their walls, find and follow their bliss.
What are some of the best parts about doing what you do:
My passion lies in focussing on my client’s inner strengths and working together to get them back on track. It’s what puts a smile on my face.
What are some of your favourite reads:
The Power of Now by Echart Tolle; Lying on the Couch by Irvin D. Yalom; The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson; books by Roald Dahl; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield; Brida by Paulo Coelho.
Chocolate covered dates, Messina Ice-cream, Prosecco, Browsing markets or Opshops for 2nd hand treasures, stopping to pet dogs on the street, singing along to music in the car, daydreaming about owning a poptop campervan.
What are some of your favourite Sydney spots?
Bondi Beach (my home, I often get stuck in the Bondi bubble ☺) Wendy’s Secret Garden, the Rocks, MCA, Opera House, Karloo Pool in Royal National Park and Blue Mountains.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why:
Turquoise. It reminds me of the ocean, soothing and calm but also wild at times. I think I must have been a mermaid in my past life ☺
“Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors where there were only walls.”—Joseph Campbell
Currently listening to (podcast/music/anything):
Xavier Rudd, Spotify (Acoustic Hits, Chilled Jazz), David Lurey, Riverbear Medicine, Bob Marley.