Melina is a psychologist at OpenUp. She has been working with people of all ages, statuses, cultures, and life situations. This has taught her one valuable lesson: no one is free of the struggles of life.
Melina’s motto is that we all carry our history. A history filled with good and bad experiences. Our thoughts, emotions, and even our biology merge together into this big storm fueled by the environment we are living in. As this storm grows, we can feel overwhelmed and her goal is to help in such an eventuality.
Melina is strongly driven to help those who struggle to find a healthy coping mechanism. Her goal is to always understand the uniqueness of the situation and the specific needs of the individual she is working with.
She is convinced that tailoring different treatment models to specific needs can offer the right support and lay the foundation for significant positive changes. These treatment methods vary and may include CBT, ACT or mindfulness. Melina strongly believes that creating a safe, non-judgmental space is crucial for this process.
To take care of her own mental well-being, Melina loves to write. By bringing her thoughts on paper, she gives herself the opportunity to access unacknowledged emotions. This helps her find a better approach to dealing with her current situation.
Melina obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Next to that, she has over three years of experience as a psychologist.
Melina speaks both German and English.