Dawn is the period of twilight that immediately precedes the rise of the sun,
the symbol of hope and all the possibilities contained in the new day.


You don't have to do it all by yourself

Life is beautiful, yet it also has its dark sides. While we usually manage to cope with setbacks, sometimes past events can get in the way. Then a feeling of powerlessness overwhelms us and we lack the confidence to solve the problem ourselves.

As a psycho-social counsellor, I can help you if you are not feeling well, if you are going through stressful periods, if feelings of fear and panic are preventing you from enjoying life to the full or if you are struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one.

Together, we restore the balance between feelings, thoughts and behaviour, by letting go of old habits and beliefs. This is how we map out the route to a more balanced and happy life. This solution-oriented, low-threshold form of counselling is suitable for men, women, parents, couples and adolescents aged 12 and older.

Life has moments of joy and moments of grief and loss. Being a psychosocial counselor, I know that grief is a unique and personal process that feels different for everyone. Through my specialization in grief counseling, I can offer you that helping hand needed to assist and guide you through this difficult time.

Grief is a natural response to loss and can take many forms. Whether it is the loss of a loved one, divorce, loss of health, redundancy, or other life changes, I am here to support you.

Want to learn more about the various forms of grief and how I can help you with them? Read more about it on the page grief counseling.


Living abroad can be an exhilarating adventure, but it is not without its challenges, especially for expatriates. I know all about it because I have lived in several countries myself. Adjusting to a new culture, language, and social norms can sometimes lead to feelings of isolation, homesickness, and cultural shock.

I can assist you in developing coping strategies to manage stressors unique to your situation and help you explore your values, goals, and priorities in the context of your new environment, aiding in personal growth and self-discovery. If you need a counselor with extensive experience in dealing with expatriate challenges, please contact me.

My specialities are grief counseling and relationship problems.

Which issues can I help you with?

  • adoption issues
  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • guidance on practical issues with ADD, ADHD and autism
  • fear of commitment
  • burn-out, stress
  • conflicts at work or in your private life
  • depression, apathy
  • divorce
  • loneliness
  • family problems, blended families
  • experiences as a victim of violence
  • negative self-image
  • coping with illness
  • parental guidance, parenting problems
  • challenges surrounding the end-of-life process
  • mourning
  • living with an ill family member

Testimonials (in Dutch)

Bij Sylvia voel je gelijk de ruimte om jezelf te zijn. Ze is hartelijk, eerlijk en open, geeft je snel inzicht en praktische tips om weer de goede kant op te wandelen. Zo heeft ze mij ontzettend goed geholpen na mijn scheiding.
Mocht je een verdrietige periode hebben, niet zo lekker in je vel zitten, stress en paniek ervaren en je wilt hulp om meer rust en geluk te voelen: ik raad haar aan (met 10 uitroeptekens).
- Michelle 

Ik dacht altijd dat ik alles zelf moest oplossen, wat vaak niet lukte. Hulp vragen was uit den boze, want dat is een teken van zwakte, was mij geleerd.

Wat ben ik blij dat ik er door de gesprekken met Sylvia nu helemaal anders tegenaan kijk en dat ik die oude overtuiging los heb kunnen laten.