The psychologists from Career & Counselling Services can provide you as a TU Delft student, PhD or PDEngs candidate with treatment and support in the event of psychological problems that prevent you from studying effectively or completing your PhD/PDEng. Our treatment is meant for problems related to, or leading to, stagnation in your studies or PhD process.
It’s quite normal to see a psychologist
You can definitely tackle procrastination
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What to expect from the TU Delft psychologists?
The TU Delft psychologists offer, apart from group courses and workshops, short-term individual guidance and treatment sessions. A short-term treatment means by default a maximum of three sessions. During the general intake interview we discuss what problems the student/PhD encounters, how this came to be and what the PhD/student wants to work on. Then the psychologist and the student/PhD create an action plan for the upcoming sessions. During an intake, it sometimes becomes apparent that the PhD/student needs long-term guidance or differently specialised care than we can offer at the TU Delft psychologists. If that is the case we refer a student/PhD to the general practitioner (GP or family doctor). The general practitioner can then refer a PhD/student to a psychologist outside of the TU.
Students/PhD’s often want to solve their problems as soon as possible: they want a quick fix. Although we would also like to achieve this, more often than not this is not a realistic expectation. During the sessions we can work on increasing insight in the problem(s) and start a process of development.
Everybody is different and everybody’s needs are different as well. In case, after 1 or 2 appointments, the PhD/student does not experience a good connection with the psychologist then this can be brought to our attention. We will then look for possibilities to continue treatment with one of the other psychologists.
We expect that students/PhD’s take the responsibility to truthfully, and in its entirety, fill in the registration form on our website.
If you have confirmed an appointment but cannot show up due to illness or other circumstances, please let us know 24 hours in advance. The sooner we know you won't be able to attend the session, the more likely we can help another PhD/student during that time. If you do not cancel in time or do not show up, we will charge €10 as a no-show fee.
Referring a student or doctoral candidate?
Are you an academic counsellor, teaching staff, thesis, PDEng and PhD supervisor, student doctor, general practitioner or other aid workers (within or outside the TU Delft) who wants to refer a student/PhD/PDEng candidate? You can assist the student/doctoral candidate with making an appointment by filling in the application form together. If in doubt, consult us by mail email@example.com or by phone 015-2788004.
Please note! Only students and PhD candidates who are registered at TU Delft can sign up for and make use of the services of the student psychologists. Individual counselling sessions have to be completed within 90 days after deregistration.
Mijntje graduated in 2018, she acquired her Msc. in Clinical Psychology at Utrecht University. Following her graduation, Mijntje worked as a psychologist at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. At the beginning of 2019, she started working as a psychologist at TU Delft. Mijntje works according to the principles of cognitive and behavioural therapy.
Sanne has been working as a student psychologist at TU Delft since January 2021. She studied orthopedagogy at Utrecht University where she graduated in 2013. After graduating, she started working in child and adolescent psychiatry (GGZ). In 2020 she completed the postmaster education as a GZ-psychologist at a location where she worked with young adults. Sanne has treated various problems in mental health care (including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders and depression). Sanne uses cognitive behavioural therapy as a basis in her work, supplemented with techniques from other treatment methods.
As student psychologists we also offer Outdoor Psychology. If you want, you can have conversations outside while walking with Sanne.
Janne de Kan
Janne de Kan works in our team of psychologists as a Prevention Psychologist. In this position she is going to develop and implement prevention activities to support students and their mental well-being. Janne studied Health Psychology at the University of Twente in Enschede and she has gained experience both in a commercial setting and in an educational setting. In the team of psychologists she gives different kinds of workshops, among which ‘Mindful coping with stress’. She does also 1-on-1 consultation and is one of the counsellors of BOOST/X. She uses techniques of Mindfulness and Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
Michelle Massink graduated in 2019. She acquired her MSc. in Clinical Psychology at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and she has also been trained as a psychological-trainer. Michelle worked as a psychologist at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and in February 2020 she started working as a psychologist at TU Delft. Michelle works according to the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Rational-Emotive Therapy.
Zoë has started as a student psychologist at the TU Delft in 2017. She studied Clinical Psychology at the University Leiden. In conversations with students increasing insight is one of the main goals. What makes you procrastinate? What exactly causes stress and why? When you have more insight into yourself and your behavior, you can usually behave in a more constructive way. Zoë uses techniques from Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in her work. She has also worked as a student psychologist at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
As student psychologists we also offer Outdoor Psychology. If you want, you can have conversations outside while walking with Zoë.
Sietske Sibie studied clinical psychology in Amsterdam and holds the registration Cognitive behavioral therapist. After graduation Sietske worked in the mental health care industry for 5 years. She gave both individual and group cognitive behavioural therapy sessions to clients with depression, burn out and anxiety. Later she accepted a position as academic counsellor at TUDelft. Where she coached students with stress related symptoms, anxiety, burn out and physical illnesses as well as ADHD and Autism. Since September 2019 Sietske joined the counselling team where she works as a student psychologist. She uses techniques from cognitive behavioral; acceptance and commitment and compassion focussed therapy. As well as EMDR for trauma therapy.
As student psychologists we also offer Outdoor Psychology. If you want, you can have conversations outside while walking with Sietske.
Dorrit van Someren
Dorrit started as a prevention psychologist in the team of psychologists in October 2021. She studied clinical psychology with a focus on prevention at Radboud University in Nijmegen. Since then she worked in different positions at the development, setup and implementation of programmes and projects with a preventative approach. During that period she gained a lot of experience in guiding groups as well. As a prevention psychologist she focuses on the wellbeing of students at TU Delft utilizing preventive interventions and activities, with a focus on a faculty-oriented approach.
Merle van Rooij
Merle van Rooij is an LDE Trainee and has been working in TU Delft's psychologists team since September 2023. In her position as project officer, she works on projects related to designing and supporting interventions to support the mental well-being of (PhD) students. She completed the first year of the LDE Traineeship at Leiden University whilst being part of the Career Services team.
Educated to MSc in Biology, in 2005 I obtained a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body, United Kingdom) and I am also a Registercounsellor ABvC® in The Netherlands. In addition to general psychosocial support, I work with a broad spectrum of challenges such as stress and burnout, learning difficulties, loss and grief, challenges with adaptation. My approach as a counsellor is to focus on the client’s experiences and support the client to look at them from different angles and find their own resources to move forward.
I use techniques from the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Therapy (RET), Solution Focused approach and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).