Kate Berger, MSc
After receiving a BA in Psychology from the George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) I was first drawn to the Netherlands in 2006 to study at the Universiteit Leiden, where I earned a Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology.
As a native-New-Yorker, I quickly experienced firsthand the unique opportunity that comes with living abroad, as well as the specific challenges expatriates face while living in a non-native society. Living as a foreigner in the Netherlands has shaped the way I work with young people. It has fostered a greater awareness of the challenges young people face in a non-native environment.
My practice has evolved into a business that serves the entire expatriate network not-only in the Netherlands, but also globally via private and corporate consultation intervention, as well as networking, collaboration and outreach via workshops and presentations within the global mobility sector.
I am passionate about engaging your kids to feel empowered in your family’s transition so that it becomes a fun-filled experience in which you all can learn, develop life-skills, and contribute to your family’s – and community’s – overall well-being.
The Expat Kids Club’s mission is to help young people feel supported so they are able to develop to their fullest potential and then share their abilities with the world around them in meaningful ways. Our “club” provides a sense of belongingness for kids and safe-haven for kids who might miss stability in their life (due to relocation), so they can express their frustrations, build resilience and develop healthy, effective coping strategies to deal with relocation and life.
We assist in helping children from all types of backgrounds, cultures, and families. We are especially attuned to those who struggle to overcome the difficulties associated with being a foreigner. We also aim to improve the quality of life for the entire expatriate family, thereby increasing positive interactions within communities, and promoting successful international relations.
In the future, we hope to create the “Expat Family Resource Alliance” to provide a one-stop-shop for all types of mental and physical health services for expatriates globally.
Continuing Education & Degrees
- Mindful Communication certification course, Mindful Schools, September 2016
- Certification course, Buddhism in Modern Psychology, Yale University for Coursera, September 2016
- UvA MyMind mindfulness instructor certification training, UvA Minds, September 2015
- Full day master class with Jon Kabat-Zinn, April 2015
- Certification course, Positive Psychology, University of North Carolina, April 2015
- Teach .b certification course, Mindfulness in Schools Project, March 2014
- Certification course, Foundations of Teaching for Learning, Commonwealth Education Trust, November 2013
- Mindful Schools curriculum training, Mindful Schools, July 2013
- Mindful Parenting, Mindfulness International, 2012
- Eight week course in MBCT, Mindfulness International, 2012
- Masters of Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology, Leiden University, 2008
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, The George Washington University, 2007
- Undergraduate Research Assistant, The Young Parent’s Study, National Institute of Mental Health for The George Washington University, 2006-7.
“There is a small, black, spaniel-type dog recently arrived in The Netherlands from Romania. The country she came from has a horrific reputation for animal abuse. Tens of thousands of dogs die there every year through acts of unspeakable cruelty and neglect. The country where has she found safety has a reputation for compassion and protection for all living things.
The dog’s name is Cherry; nobody knows why she came to be called that. She has only one eye; the skin where the other would be is stitched shut; nobody knows how or why that happened either but you can imagine the worst.
This is what is known:
Cherry approaches people gently and trustingly. She loves to be stroked everywhere – neck, ears, back, head, rump – she raises her feet for massages, and even seems to enjoy having her lips lifted and her teeth and mouth touched. She doesn’t at all resist full, surrounding hugs; she adores being brushed.
And what next for this sweet creature?
Anyone who has worked with, or has even known a therapy dog, can imagine what the future could be – what it should be. And it’s even more certain since Cherry’s new “mom” is a psychologist in Amsterdam working in private practice with children. Sometime before long, Cherry will become a certified therapy dog, she’ll join in consulting sessions; she’ll be a special friend to the kids, a comforter, a helping healer who is returning the favor.”