I did not study abroad during my Bachelor's programme and when I
saw a message from this study programme that they were looking for
a student who was willing to write his or her Master's thesis in
Canada, I immediately responded. This way, I still had the
opportunity to go abroad during my studies. I did research on
neuroticism with monozygotic twins for half a year there. It was a
great experience which I can recommend to anyone.
After the Bachelor in Psychology I decided to do the
Master’s programme in ‘Clinical Psychology’. At
first, I had to get used to the Master’s programme. At the
exams we suddenly had mainly open questions instead of the multiple
choice questions, which we had during the Bachelor’s
programme. We studied the material in greater depth, which was
nice. However, everything was still quite theoretical during the
Master’s programme. That is why I am glad that I did an
internship; I learned a lot from that.
I did an internship at Maarsingh & van Steijn, a
psychologists practice in Leeuwarden. In the beginning, I watched
the work of my colleagues a lot, but after a while I was also
allowed to treat people myself. I thought that was very scary but
at the same time a lot of fun and incredibly interesting.
After graduating, I was able to stay and I would work for several
hours a week on my internship. Gradually, I could work more and
more hours and now I am even allowed to start the GZ-programme next
month. Then I will have one training day a week and three normal
working days at the practice.
I am now a basic psychologist. I am allowed to do a lot of
things, but still officially under the supervision of some
colleagues. Usually, I see about five people a day; I talk to all
of them for about an hour. I do coaching, assessments,
psychological treatments and diagnostics. I also write reports and
contact GP’s and employers. Once I am officially qualified as
a GZ psychologist I can write my own name under the reports, and I
will have more basic knowledge I can rely on.
I really like my job. It is very diverse, I treat people with
all kinds of problems. I also give group trainings, for example, to
people with a negative self-image. At the moment, I only treat
people under 35, because otherwise the age difference becomes too
big. I see a lot of students, because I am still quite young and it
is easier for me to understand them.