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Why quality matters

Why quality matters

When looking for a therapist, you want to know whether your prospective therapist is qualified and what their qualification signifies. It is not necessary to have credentials in order to adopt the title of therapist.

For this reason, various (legal) methods are employed to clarify the different kinds of therapy for clients. On this page you will find more information regarding those differences.

Sinteze’s Giel Luichjes is a member of the professional association VIT. Giel obtained his qualification as a psychosynthesis therapist at Psychosynthese Studies Nederland. He specialised in integrative adolescent therapy, and completed his three-year psychotherapy programme at the Nederlandse Academie voor Psychotherapie, earning him his European Certificate of Psychotherapy, a qualification that is issued by the European Association for Psychotherapy. In London, Giel has additionally completed the certification programme ‘Gender and Sexual Minorities Therapy’, and has been trained as a supervisor at Re•Vision. He has also earned his qualification as a psychosynthesis trainer at Psychosynthese Studies Nederland in Amsterdam, and at the Psychosynthesis & Education Trust in London. Giel follows the most recent Standards of Care (version 7) of the World Professional Organization for Transgender Health

Giel attained the ‘European Certificate of Psychotherapy’, which is equivalent to the title of GZ-psycholoog. See ‘reimbursement’ for the most recent relevant information.
Giel partners with other therapists and coaches that work for or with sinteze and offer relationship therapy as well as courses and training. This network provides the option for therapists to refer you to experienced colleagues when they may be better suited to handling your question. This can for instance be helpful when your partner, child, or parent would like someone to talk to. As a general rule, our therapists avoid counselling multiple related clients to avoid confusion for you and the other parties. We want you to feel at ease, knowing that your therapist will listen to your story without bias.

The ECP:
The European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP) is the European professional certification of psychotherapy. It certifies science-based expertise, professionalism, and integrity. ECP-therapists consider their client from a broad perspective and prioritise the needs of that person. They do so with psychological guidance that honours the uniqueness of the individual. Our doors are always open, even without a referral or insurance.
Reliable – ECP-therapists are a safe choice: our work is founded in science, our standards are high and we guarantee 100% privacy.
Human-focused – ECP-therapists pay attention to the human being that is their client: we respect differences and diversity, allowing you to choose a therapist and a therapy that suit you.
Professional – The ECP guarantees a professional standard: both the ECP-courses and ECP-therapists have to meet a list of standards and are periodically tested.
Independent – The ECP offers an independent choice: our work is not limited by the protocols and guidelines of insurance companies. We are always a safe choice.
Committed – The ECP represents the bond between client, therapist, and various methods of treatment: ECP-therapists are trained to make that commitment and to guide you as you go through the process that helps you move forward.