Kathleen Sheridan


A citizen of the United States, I have traveled extensively and lived in a variety of countries, including Ghana and Iran. I have been a resident of the Netherlands since 1988 and hold permanent residence here. An ex-pat myself, I understand many of the issues involved in moving and settling into a new country, culture, and language.

In 2007, I completed work on an advanced diploma in therapeutic counseling to supplement my Masterís degree in sociology. I have also earned a certificate in bereavement counseling. In 2013, I completed training as a clinical supervisor and am registered with the ABvC as a recognized supervisor (see the ABvC list of accredited supervisors). I am also a certified 5-PATH hypnotherapist.

My counseling approach is based on person-centered theory, with a strong element of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). This means that I work more in the here-and-now, looking at behaviors that might be interfering with your relationships with others or your general well-being. This often involves homework and exercises for you to do between sessions. CBT is often short-term because it deals with dysfunctional behaviors (such as fears, anxieties, or a lack of assertiveness); however, because these behaviors are usually rooted in events and experiences that occurred early in life, I believe that it is important to understand where they came from and how they developed if you are to be truly successful in changing them.

I am also interested in creativity and the way the subconscious communicates with us through creative activities, such as art and writing, which can facilitate the counseling process.

In addition, my life-long interest in animals and animal behavior has led to an ongoing study of the relationships between humans and animals, and the importance of the role animals play in our lives. This, in turn, has led me to explore ways of providing support for people who have issues regarding pets, such as getting a pet, deciding what to do with a pet if the family has to move, resolving grief surrounding the loss of a pet, or making difficult decisions about euthanasia of a family pet.

I am a member of the Algemene Beroepsvereniging voor Counselling (ABvC) and work in The Hague.

e-mail: kathleen@icconnections.org