In 1989 she graduated at the University of Professional Education in Human Science and Health Science. In 1996 she graduated as a Gestalt therapist at the NSG in Amsterdam.
Since 2011 Digna has joined the Diamond Logos path. Teachings in the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark and Germany. The Diamond Logos is a specific process of reclaiming one’s ‘true self’, our ‘Being’. Through this teaching, we learn to recognize and embody our precious nature and its many manifestations as we consciously cultivate the skills needed to differentiate between our false personality, ego-identity and essential nature (true self). It is a unique path of inner unfoldment, it combines modern psychology with knowledge from great spiritual and mystic traditions, like Buddhist meditation techniques, Sufism and wisdom about Essence.
Her first and most important teacher was Jeremy Klein, from Caracas Venezuela, now living in Copenhagen. Her Diamond Logos teacher since 2016 is Rani Willems, born in the Netherlands, living in Germany. She supports people on their journey to become a more conscious human being, to enhance their inner as much as their outer life. See www.rani-willems.org
Digna is influenced by all the fields mentioned before, that is easely felt in her way of working. Above all she is compassionate with the inner child in each person and the uniqueness of every person. She was, young of age, touched by the misunderstood child, the pain and loneliness of children that are not ‘seen’ for what they feel or experience.
After her job at a daycare for children in a poor area of Amsterdam, she started working in a children’s home. In the same center, Orthopedagogic Center Kennemerland, she got her licence as a Videohometrainer. The influence of these first working experiences is still felt in the way she works with people.
Besides the first mentioned influences, Digna studied the IFS method, had monthly sessions online with Jory Agate, Cambridge Massachusetts U.S.A.
This is a therapy model, developed by Richard Schwartz. The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) has evolved over the past twenty years into a comprehensive approach that includes guidelines for working with individuals, couples, and families. The IFS Model represents a new synthesis of two already-existing paradigms: systems thinking and the multiplicity of the mind.
Every part within the client is given a voice and is given recognition. By the client itself. Self-leadership. Everyone knows the cacophony of voices in ones head that attack and judge, and the rare moments of inner peace when the voices quiet down. Sometimes these moments come with an inner peace and clarity that washes away irritation, distrust and boredom. Than we are our real selves. By giving voices to the different parts, you create peace and stop trying to push away painful emotions. Imagine pushing a baseball under the water for a long time, it is very hard and you get exhausted. Most people who try to push away difficult feelings or judging voices within, feel exhausted.
It is a succesfull method that is only taught in the U.S. and several countries in Europe, unfortunately not yet in the Netherlands.
For individual therapy people can also ask for Skype sessions. In english or dutch from every place that has good internet connection.
For more information see the contact-page.