Leonie der Kinderen
Thanks to my background in drama therapy and dramatic improvisation, I enjoy working with practical, creative and body oriented exercises. My workshops and therapy sessions facilitate a safe space to reflect and practice in a playful and explorative way. There are many ways to learn, and I enjoy the challenge of creating customized learning experiences for people of groups.
As a therapist I find it important to work within an equal and consensual relationship. I find the therapeutic relationship to be a very important and fruitful part of the therapy. I find working around self-esteem and the relationship with self to frequently be a vital part of personal development or recovery. Which means I often weave this into the treatment. I also often find it effective to pay extra attention to body awareness, physiology and meditation.
During my training as a drama therapist, I focused on adolescents with personality problems, a target group where my humour and my enthusiasm were appreciated. Afterwards I started working within a company that focused on children with developmental problems (ADHD, autism). In addition to therapeutic counselling, I also went into the woods with these children and built dens in which we ate food the kids and me prepared together. Later, I enjoyed working with adults with mild cognitive and behavioural disabilities within a wonderfully dynamic team where there was plenty of room for experimenting with structure to improve the quality of care in our department. After this I broadened my work experience working with incredibly beautiful and challenging young children with severe mental and physical disabilities. Where I enjoyed enhancing their development through doing arts and crafts, play and making music together. When I started to shape Centrum Vaktherapie with Casper Maas and Sirik de Jong I worked simultaneously at within Koraalgroep, an institution that focuses on young people with a mild intellectual disability and behavioural problems. At these places I gained experience in various methods within drama therapy, behavioural therapeutic frameworks, training in social skills and collaboration with various disciplines within the healthcare sector. Within Centrum Vaktherapie I mostly see adults in individual therapy settings next to creating many different workshops in which I use my therapeutic background to facilitate personal growth.
We strive to maintain a network of dedicated healthcare professionals in order to improve the quality and continuity of our care. We do this by collaborating and maintaining contact with other healthcare professionals in Maastricht. In collaboration with other organisations such as Hogeschool Zuyd, we contribute to research within expressive arts therapy. Within our range of activities and treatments, we often make use of art forms. Theatre, music, dance and visual arts have been ways of expressing personal and social issues for centuries. Important social themes can be addressed and influenced through art. In this way we bring about social changes and at the same time we grow in our development as human beings. Within our range of activities and treatments, we often make use of the arts. Theatre, music, dance and visual arts have been ways of expressing personal and social issues for centuries. Important social themes can be addressed and influenced through art. In this way we bring about social changes and at the same time we grow in our development as human beings.
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