Depth Psychology & Schoolrefusal

Goodday to everyone here,

My name is Karina Grijzen, and I live in Holland.

(English is not my native language, please forgive me in case of weird sentences)

In my work I'm known for being able to bring to motion what is stuck.

I have my master in child-psychology, during my studies I started working in a private school for state-exams as a teacher. I learned to become a teacher from a warm and caring perspective. Later I worked at a small and innovative democratic school where I developed lessons (among lots of other things) for heterogenic groups of youngsters of different age and level. Art, Dutch and qi gong were my subjects. After that I became a coach and later director of an online facility for youngsters who do not visit any school. For this facility the coaches and I worked hard on a non-judmental online learning environment where kids could feel free to start being interested in learning again. This work ended last december. 

For the new year I focus on my practice to work individually with kids with school and learning related problems.I work with kids, still in school and with kids for who no school in the area will fit their needs or is willing to take them in. The lather literally are forced to stay at home. All the kids I work with are diagnosed as having problems on different levels, school, home, emotional, behavioral etc.

Kids do want to learn, but for various reasons they encounter problems in growing and developing. Schoolrefusal or being thrown out of school is just a signal of the deep despair underneath. Every adolescent has his/her own story, difficulties, barriers, talents and possibilities.(Un)consciously they let me know what they need from me and what barriers they encounter. Although I am trained as a diagnosticus and psychologist I use less possible information from the dossiers to keep my mind open. 

From Jung, depth psychology and my own analysis,  I have learned to regard each individual in his own developmental path, to listen carefully and be supportive. To avoid being judgmental, to be hopeful and (try) not let my own ego and ideas (what is good for you) stand in the way. 

From qi-gong, t'ai chi and iaido I learn to be attentive of my own developmental proces, and think about the 'way', instead of the 'goal'. 

Most of all I learn from the kids; invaluable lessons about development, talent and life.