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#frequently asked questions

karolina fotyga, the hague office

If you have other questions, you can always contact me or schedule your first consultation:

What is the difference between therapy and coaching?

In short – you can think about it like this: Imagine you want to climb some pretty challenging mountain. But you have a backpack full of heavy stones, somehow attached to your back. It’s so heavy, in fact, that you’re already sweating and are bruised all over, and you’re not even on your way, yet. The thing is – you can’t take it with you, because it’s not safe, it’s uncomfortable and quite distracting. (I mean, of course – theoretically – you CAN, but if you do, your chance to get to the top, make it back AND even remotely enjoy the whole process is pretty slim, isn’t it..) In therapy you’ll get rid of the stones that are weighing you down, quite possibly you’ll understand how they got there in the first place, and what to do so that it won’t happen again. You’ll take care of your overall condition and inner resources. With coaching on the other hand – you’ll work on a clear(er) view of that top, and you’ll come up with a good strategy to get there. * *Please keep in mind that this is an oversimplified explanation – just for the sake of that brief differentiation. Both psychotherapy and coaching have the potential to change the quality of your life.

What is your approach?

My orientation and training are predominantly Psychodynamic, although I employ aspects of MBT (Mentalization-Based Therapy), ISTDP (Intensive Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy), and others (DBT – Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Intensive Trauma Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy) to address better the complexity of what you’re coming with. How I think and understand life is influenced by the works of the great therapists I’ve studied and is never a finished process. The world of art, philosophy, and nature feels necessary to me to try and access the depth and uniqueness of human nature.

What are your fees?

Ocasionally I work with the sliding scale, however, most of the time, the fee for a therapy session is: 110-120 €

Do you take insurance?

To ensure complete confidentiality of my clients and the therapy setting, I have opted to not work with insurance companies. Feel free to consult with your insurance company regarding the possibility of reimbursement – you can check the tab about my professional associations. Also, some international insurance companies (i.e., Cigna) usually reimburse psychotherapy sessions held with me – depending on your specific plan. You are, however, responsible for paying the bill yourself. Afterward, you can apply for reimbursement with your insurer.

How often do we meet?

I usually work with patients/clients once a week, however, we might discuss this further during your first session.

How long is the therapy?

Therapy is a process that is influenced by a lot of factors.When I suggest a specific number of sessions or offer a long term therapy, I do this with the rule in mind that says: "As long as necessary, as short as possible".

What is your cancellation policy?

If you’d like to reschedule or cancel the meeting, please do so max 48h before the scheduled time. Otherwise, the fee is non-refundable.

What is your app of choice for the online meetings?

To safely hold a meeting online, I use a service called Zoom. It is an online platform that has been endorsed by various professional bodies. This choice is both ethical and safe, protecting both the client and the therapist. You need to have a free account set up before our first session. It’s very intuitive and requires minimal technical knowledge.

I'm already decided, how do I start?

– You can either write me an email or give me a call to set up the first meeting: +31 6 393 494 01 – You can also check the availability of the sessions and book an appointment in my calendar.

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