Annaleena Holopainen, MSc, graduated in 2014 with a Master of Psychology from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). She then worked for two years as a psychologist at a family counselling center in Helsinki. In 2016, she moved to the Netherlands wishing to deepen her knowledge by completing a research Master’s degree in clinical and developmental psychopathology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Having lived in Sweden and Austria, and now living in The Netherlands, Annaleena has learned a great deal about the positive aspects – but also about the challenges – that come with life in a non-native environment. Learning a new language and gaining insight into how culture forms one’s way of communicating and cooperating with others, are skills that expat life has brought her. Simultaneously, having Dutch as a home language while still learning it, has offered her personal experience of the challenges that expat children and adolescents may face in their new environment. Through these experiences, Annaleena is motivated to support expat children and adolescents to bridge their expatriate experiences into this valuable and teaching possibility that living abroad at its best may be!
In addition to her work as a psychologist, Annaleena is involved in research, delivering group trainings focusing on soft skills, and teaching pre-school aged children at the Finnish school of Amsterdam. She is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which, in short, is a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral and Mindfulness-based techniques.
Annaleena is a member of the Dutch Institute of Psychologists (PSYCHOLOOG NIP: 226818).
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