Practices worked at
As a Counselling Psychologist I am passionate about the work I do and the people I see. I enjoy working collaboratively with clients, finding understanding of their difficulties from their perspective, so that I can tailor therapy treatment to suit each unique individual. No one shoe fits all in therapy!
I believe that we all come across difficulties during our lives, but that if we collaborate to tailor therapy to your individual needs, you will develop a greater understanding of your inner world, and we can create a personal road-map for you which will show you the way forward, so you can overcome the challenges you face in the outside world.
I do truly want clients to have a fulfilled life and not to have to be in therapy longer than needed. I also understand the financial demands of our day and age and as such I like to practice mainly within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework (which is generally shorter-term therapy with sustainable change). I am also trained in psychodynamic and mindfulness-based approaches and do not always use CBT as a stand alone treatment but integrated with other treatments. As my client in our therapeutic alliance, I think you deserve an expert service and as such will work with you in understanding your thoughts and related behaviours. As a naturally empathetic person, I empathise with the constraints of our lives and the difficulties we all face, and try to find techniques, skills and tools that fit with your strengths in helping you overcome difficulty and supporting you through any future trigger events.
As with GP’s, when we walk into our appointment, we trust that the GP is an expert in their field and that we would like to walk out with a clear indication of our problems, what medication to take, how many times a day etc. My hope is that I could give you the same type of service. I see my integrated approach as somewhat of an educational process, and as such will develop with you a series of skills, insights, and strategies that you can apply in your current situation and any future reoccurrences. As an expert in the field I would like to be able to give you the tools from my toolkit so that you can go out into the world and work on any problem areas that may come up in your sessions to not only improve your thoughts, but your behaviours and feelings and in the grand scheme of things, your quality of life.
Couples & Relationship counselling
BSC in Psychology and Criminology
BSC Honours in Psychology
MA in Counselling Psychology
I had a fantastic experience with Juandri, and couldn't fault my treatment. I received a truly high standard of care, and was given a number of effective tools to use going forward. Juandri was caring, knowledgable, professional and friendly, and made me feel completely comfortable during my sessions with her. I made huge amounts of progress, and have continued to improve since our last session, thanks to her long term advice and care. I am forever grateful, and consider myself very fortunate to have been her patient.
Miss Juandri Buitendag
So wonderful to hear this and so grateful for the review! Thank you for trusting me and the process enough to make it so fulfilling and meaningful.
Overall therapy with Juandri has been hugely helpful and impactful in my day to day life - was really clear with explanation of what I was going through, normalising it and going through some helpful steps, tools and techniques to make things better. Felt very personalised and individual to me.
My experience with Juandri was incredibly positive and was exactly what I needed at that time in my life. I was challenged, able to look at aspects ion my life in a way I hadn't considered before and given tools to continue to help me in future.
Miss Juandri Buitendag
Thank you so much for the review! It was most definitely also your openness to allow for yourself to be challenged and grow in such a way!
Juandri was fantastic at helping me tackle my anxiety. She was fully flexible with our sessions and was absolutely great to work with!
Juandri gave patient and kind advice, helping me to find a framework to understand my patterns and behaviors. I wasn't boxed in with a clinical diagnosis, through the course of my therapy Juandri instead gave me many different models and perspectives that have allowed me to practice forgiveness towards myself whilst still working on unhealthy behaviors. In particular I found Juandri's expertise on expat psychology very helpful in establishing an early connection and in feeling understood as a patient.
Juandri made me feel very comfortable so that I was able to easily discuss my phobia with her. She was also brilliant at explaining every part of the process as well as explaining the science behind it all.
Juandri has been very helpful in helping me understand my anxiety and what my triggers are which subsequently helps me control it. She’s very calm and listens carefully.
Juandri is a good listener and assesses the situation correctly. She has a research based approach that have given me very good insights. The sessions have been very valuable especially in dealing with the current uncertainty.
Juandri helped me at the lowest point in my life, challenged my negative behaviours and helped me to find the happy path in life again. I would absolutely recommend her services if you would like to get to the bottom of your issues and set yourself free from them.
As someone who was't convinced of the benefits of seeing a therapist I have to say that Juandri was really easy to open up to. Her manner allowed for me to share the things that were troubling me in a way that felt entirely natural. I found that Juandri really helped me to frame my emotions in a positive way. This helped me to understand my grief wasn't something that I could control but that I could help explain it from past actions and conversations. I am in a much better place today.
I found Juandri professional, caring and containing. She has completed reframed therapy for me. Coming from someone who didn't want to start therapy due to stigma, she really helped with psycho educating me on what therapy is really about. It was nice to have a space where my normal problems could be validated. I used to believe therapy is for individuals with extreme psychological distress, and she helped overcome this belief. My insurance gave me different options for therapists and I ended up calling her due to convenience of location but in the end it was so much more than convenience, it was about comfort, friendliness, professionalism, and character that kept me with her, I am so so happy I ended up with her!
Having never done any type of therapy before, I thought Juandri was lovely, very didactic in anything she had to explain and her calming presence certainly helps. I felt an improvement with each session and hope to continue doing so.
Juandri was so professional and really understood exactly how I was feeling and made it easy for me to feel comfortable talking through my concerns. I would highly recommend her.
My experience with the therapy I received from Jaundri was very enlightening and helpful to say the least. She was able to get to the bottom of my problem and show me ways to deal with it and process it. This has helped understand my issues and resolve it as well as improved my relationships with family and friends. Throughout the process I have discovered things I wasn’t aware of about myself which helped me overcome a number of issues in my personal life.
Juandri is a refreshing person to have therapy with and takes away every cliché or misconception that comes with the baggage of therapy. She pushed me to places I was very nervous to go but was there every step of the way. For anyone looking for a young, modern-thinking, patient and comforting therapist then Juandri is just that.
Juandri provided a comfortable space to talk through a variety of issues. She was extremely understanding and empathetic and helped me overcome a difficult time in my life and enabled me to understand myself better.
Miss Buitendag helped me through a very difficult period in my life and I appreciated her counselling and coaching immensely. She was always professional yet balancing the professional with making it very comfortable, helping me feel comfortable, and creating a space where I could be myself. I never once felt pressured and sometimes would use the space to not just cry but laugh too.
Juandri was really friendly/helpful and considerate. She was always trying to fit me in when she could and was quite flexible with times as my work schedule is crazy most weeks and I wasn't able to attend an allotted slot each week. I really like that she would often send me things that were quite helpful to me and would suggest readings that really resonated.
Therapy is difficult, but it was great going through the process with Juandri. She was always there, and I appreciated how she normalised the entire process for me.
Juandri is an amazing therapist; she is extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful and empathetic. She was instrumental in turning my life around and I cannot thank her enough.
Juandri managed to help stop my negative spiralling thoughts and help me see more clearly. The sessions helped me understand new sides of my self - get a deeper connection - and see problems in my life in a clearer way. The sessions were comfortable and made me feel like I could open up while discovering these new sides of myself. I can highly recommend Juandri to anyone battling with inner issues, doubts or curiosity about new perspectives.
Really really helpful. Great sessions.
Juandri was excellent support and a great therapist. She helped me understand why I felt the way I did and how to work through the emotional challenges I had. She is warm and has a very personable approach. I could not recommended her more
Therapy isn't an easy process to go through, but with Juandri it was so much easier than I know it could have been, having tried with others before. I have so much gratitude for the journey I went through with Juandri, and I know one of the main reasons I’ve got to where I am is because I felt safe from judgement, and genuinely comfortable with her. You get more out of therapy, the more you share, so even if it takes a little longer, finding the right therapist and one you can openly share with is uncompromisable in my opinion. I loved how practical our sessions were. Although we dived into past memories, Juandri never left me stuck there. There was always a reason for revisiting it and I found it refreshing to have her remind me to think about how we apply that bit of self-knowledge to the present. Juandri helped demystify what can be a daunting and scary world of labels and diagnoses by putting it into plain English and also warning that psychologists can sometimes 'dramatise' things. As we got deeper into what the core issue was, I always felt like she would be there in our sessions to help me through it.
Never once felt uncomfortable. Very nice, warm and comforting, yet still proactive and constantly pushing me to do better. Felt like I had a psychologist and coach all in one.
Good experience of therapy. I have a renewed sense of motivation and love for life. I not only understand myself more deeply but also feel confident to cope with anything that may come up again in the future.
Overall experience of therapy was really difficult and is not a reflection on Juandri. One of the things that immediately made me like her was that she was brutally honest about the therapy process and that it is not always easy. I can finally say that I have made it to the other side of therapy, I attribute this to help from Juandri. But as she always made clear, 80% of the work lies with yourself and what you do outside therapy - that was the hard part. If I ever have to do therapy again, I'd choose her again.
I just started with Juandri. Love the therapy rooms, very light, bright and clean! My experience with her so far has been wonderful - I look forward to continuing my therapy, I feel comfortable knowing I will be seeing her.
It was her explanation of what I was going through and the fact that she was always open with me about what I was going through that I think helped me form an understanding that I now use in all other situations when I seem to struggle. I think it also helps knowing that she is always just an email or text away.
Juandri really was amazing and helped me get through a very hard period in my life. I will forever be grateful.
I've gone through CBT with Juandri and it was very effective. Helped with my anxiety and negative thoughts. The CBT model was helpful in understanding my cognition and how they have been affecting my emotions and causing a lot of stress.
I have only seen Juandri for one session. She got back to me very quickly and was very helpful in calming me down. If it was not for the fact that she is too far away, I would of continued to see her. Instead she helped me find another psychologist and also helped me by writing a referral letter so that I could get insurance to approve sessions. Highly professional and great support and experience!
Juandri is very friendly and easy to talk to. She always helped me when I had ridiculous hours and would help me when I was struggling inbetween sessions. I understand that she is my psychologist but I feel like she truly cares about me. It is a connection that I have not found before. Juandri was the third psychologist I tried and honestly just won me over. Up until now I have been for 4 sessions and have gained a sense of self awareness that I have not had before. I have already advised everyone who talks to me to go see her. I will be back to leave a review after my therapy process, and for once, feeling excited and hopeful towards by path and future.
I came to Juandri a couple of months ago, after years of therapy it was a surprise to me to be told that she didn't want me in therapy forever. She seemed to think that we could work through problems that I have had my entire life long and that I wouldn't HAVE to be in therapy for forever. I was apprehensive To say the least. But I am happy to say I am now officially done with my therapy. I have worked through layers of problems that I didn’t know could have solutions, and I have a new found confidence that if any of these ever came up again, that I not only have the “tools” (as she calls them) to work through them, but that I now have the ability and awareness to understand my triggers and would be able to cope with them. I also know that should anything new ever arise, that I can always approach her for help.
I just started seeing Juandri, so far so good. Very approachable and easy to talk to. Very comforting.
I am currently seeing Juandri to help me with anxiety, so far I have been very impressed. Juandri’s approach to treatment is tailored to the individual and what she skillfully perceives to be the key issues, rather than trying to apply a generic one size fits all approach as some therapists do. Juandri is personable and professional. She provides sessions in a comfortable, professional and conveniently located setting.
Juandri is the best therapist I have seen. I was referred to Juandri after an episode of anxiety and depression after a series of repeated relationships ship problems and hitting a point in my career where I wanted a complete change. Juandri has helped me piece together why I am stuck in relationship patterns and the circumstances surrounding my career choices which have made me unhappy. Juandri is always recommending amazing books and things to read online, which are always exactly on point in relation to my circumstances. I had tried two other therapists prior to Juandri but never stuck with them due to feeling they were not truly engaged or understood my issues, Juandri has changed that! She has been totally flexible in terms of fitting around my schedule and would rather re-schedule an appointment than see me for the sake of it. I would recommend Juandri to anyone looking for some guidance in terms of relationships, career changes, dealing with childhood trauma and self esteem issues. Juandri goes above and beyond outside of our sessions and will send me relevant information as and when she comes across new material which may help me. am really looking forward to continuing my journey with her!
Hi Juandri, thank you for the session yesterday. I thought about what you said and how you explained the ABC model to me, no one has ever put it into perspective for me like this before, and I have also read the articles you sent me and it really resonated with me. For once I am feeling optimistic about therapy and I feel like we got further in one sesseion than I ever have in my therapy before
Easy to talk to and non-judgemental
I thought you were young, but wow you really proved to me that despite the age, you are SO good at what you do. You helped me through the most difficult time in my life and I will forever be grateful to you
Settled my anxiety and made me feel confident that if feelings like I was experiencing then return, I can deal with them
I was very apprehensive about therapy however, Juandri made me feel very comfortable immediately. She changed my view on mental health and psychology. She helped me through one of the most confusing and difficult phases of my life. She was a constant empathetic presence, she would check on me when I felt too low to show up to therapy and she helped me understand my emotions and behaviours and left me with better coping behaviours. If ever something came up again I would feel comfortable to know I have enough understand to deal with my difficulties, but if not, I would choose to go back to her. Thank you for making my story feel heard and understood.