Expat Child Psychology was founded in 2013. The practice offers psychological services for expat children (0-17) and their families, who experience social, emotional, developmental or behavioral difficulties. The practice is located in The Netherlands with a main office in The Hague. Expat Child Psychology offers services to families in The Hague and surrounding areas, Utrecht and Hilversum (het Gooi) and Rotterdam, as well as to international schools throughout the Netherlands. Services can be provided in English, Dutch, German and Swedish.
About Jet Sichterman
Jet Sichterman has always been interested in, and drawn to, different cultures, places and languages. It was for this reason she chose to pursue her studies in Psychology at an international institution, and complement it with courses in anthropology, English and German at Utrecht University’s University College Roosevelt, followed by a Master in Child & Adolescent Psychology at Leiden University. Her work with and exposure to expat families during her studies cemented her desire to pursue this in her practice.
Jet is passionate about stimulating children’s development, and has experience working with those developing typically as well as those challenged in the mental, psychiatric, auditory and/or communicatory realm. Her work with expats made her aware of the added challenges for expatriate children (and their parents) when in an environment unfamiliar to them – where the language and the cultural rules are not yet known. It was this awareness, combined with her passion for children’s development, which led Jet to establish Expat Child Psychology.
She firmly believes that the warmth, safety and structure she offers her clients (her families) are crucial ingredients for helping the children (and families) she works with to overcome their struggles and reach their potential.
Jet meets with children between 0 and 12 years of age and their parents for individual therapy and play therapy, Social Skills 4 Kids group courses and parenting consultations. She can usually be found in The Hague or Rotterdam but as practice she oversees all locations. Next to seeing clients for therapy, Jet is also part of the Child Assessment Group through which she can be found performing psychological and educational assessments for international children (4-16 years old) throughout the Netherlands. Jet speaks fluent Dutch and English and can sometimes be heard speaking a word of German here and there.
Jet Sichterman has a MSc. in Child & Adolescent Psychology and was further trained in play-psychotherapy at the RINO groep. Jet is a member of the Dutch Association of Psychologists (Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen – NIP) as well as member and chairperson of the Hague Society for Psychologists in private practice (Haags Genootschap van Vrijgevestigde Psychologen – HGvVP). Additionally, Jet is a member of the Women’s Business Initiative International (WBII).
PS the ‘J’ in Jet, in English, sounds like a ‘Y’ … so Jet is actually pronounced as Yet.
About Sara Mansson
Sara Mansson, MSc in Child & Adolescent Psychology started working at Expat Child Psychology after having finished her clinical internship at the practice.
Having upped and left her home country Sweden as a child to move across Europe, the Middle East and the United States together with her family, she has first-hand experience of what it means to be an expat kid. When she finished high school, she decided to leave her family’s home in North Carolina to move to the Netherlands by herself to study at university. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at University College Roosevelt, followed by a Master’s degree in Child & Adolescent Psychology from Leiden University.
As an expat herself, she understands the importance of providing culture-sensitive care and support. She greatly values the importance of play during childhood as a primary means of exploration, experimentation, and expression. Her greatest passion as a psychologist is to witness the process of growth and improvement to a family’s situation, something she believes is always possible. She resides in Hilversum with her Dutch partner and their two dogs.
Sara meets with children between 0 and 17 years of age and their parents for individual therapy and parenting support sessions as well as for Social Skills 4 Kids group courses. She can usually be found in Utrecht and Hilversum, but Sara also assists in The Hague and Rotterdam now and then. Sara speaks fluent English and Swedish and is proficient in Dutch.
About Karen Schneider
Karen Schneider joined the Expat Child Psychology team when she emigrated from South Africa to the Netherlands in 2017. Currently she resides in Haarlem with her husband and her two “therapy” dogs.
Karen was born and raised in South Africa and even though she sees herself as proudly South African, her roots extend far beyond the African borders. Her parents, once expats themselves, exposed her to both the German and British culture. Karen is therefore fluent in three languages: English, German and Afrikaans and is currently learning Dutch.
Karen completed her Bachelors in Education, as well as her Masters in Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. On completing her studies she returned to her old school, an international school in Pretoria, where she worked as an Educational Psychologist, as well as running her own private practice. During this time she gained valuable experience working with a diversity of cultures, as well as developing an understanding as to what it means to be an expat.
Karen has a passion for supporting children between the ages of 0 and 17 years. She emphasises the importance of incorporating both individual therapy sessions for the children, as well as parenting support sessions. As a psychologist, her greatest pleasure is to be a part of a therapeutic process of growth, resilience and self-exploration. Furthermore, Karen is trained in areas of play therapy, impact therapy, attachment therapy, expressive arts therapy and hypnotherapy. She also has experience in career, psychological and educational assessments.
About Ludmila Dias Andrade
Ludmila is Expat Child Psychology’s office assistant. Ludmila originally comes from São Paulo, Brazil, but she has lived in the Netherlands for the past 4 years.
Ludmila has a background in Social and Political Sciences, but since moving to the Netherlands she became more involved in supporting the local expatriate community. She has experience working with children and youth in a number of different projects, which gives her extra motivation and an interesting insight into the work done at Expat Child Psychology.
As office assistant, Ludmila is often the first contact person for new clients. She ensures that communication regarding services and appointments is running smoothly. Additionally she supports the practice with a number of activities behind the scenes. In her free time, Ludmila enjoys reading, running, roller skating and studying languages. Ludmila is fluent in English and Portuguese and learning Dutch.