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Welcome to Justin Cooper’s practice!

A warm welcome to my website. My name is Justin Cooper, I am a native-English speaking therapist, counsellor and teacher with a practice in west Amsterdam. My services include hypnotherapy, relationship therapy, mindfulness and counselling.


My personal vision

The way I work is both down to earth and practical and at the same time holistic and integrative. I strongly believe that every human being has a sort of self-healing ability, an inner source, with which we can restore the balance in ourselves and improve the quality of our lives. Just like learning to drive a car you can also learn to tap into your own inner resources.

Furthermore, I see my work as a 'wake-up call' which means helping you break through the layers of conditioned behaviour and fear so you can reconnect to what is really important to you and be true to yourself.

It's about following your heart with an open, expansive mind. This is where creativity and spirituality meet, where playfulness and curiosity are alive and fulfilment and purpose serve as an inner compass.

 

My personal story

After graduating with a first class honours degree, I pursued a career in journalism and publishing and communications. Following several promotions I worked as Group Editor for a number of magazines until my lifestyle of deadlines, stress and a lot of travelling started to take its toll. With two slipped discs I would still drag myself to the office, I was really hard on myself and was scared to let people down and to come across as weak or needy. One day the straw that broke the camel’s back became reality for me.

A complicated operation was unavoidable and when I woke up from the anaesthetic, I had (temporary) paralysis in both legs. I fell into an acute depression and isolated myself from those I most needed. With a lot of soul-searching I was able to start dealing with my inner demons and get behind the steering wheel of my own life. An intensive period of rehabilitation followed in which I had to learn to walk again. This whole experience marked a major turning point in my life during which I became more interested in personal and spiritual development.

I have been working as a fully certified hypnotherapist since 2003 and find it both a privilege and a joy to be able to help guide people, both individually and as a couple, through challenging and difficult periods in their lives. I know what if feels like as I have had my own share of painful and difficult experiences.

I am also a fully certified mindfulness trainer and offer courses in mindfulness and self-compassion in both groups and on an individual basis in my own practice. This is not only something I love teaching it is also an integral part of my life. Furthermore, I also teach at the Dutch Academy for Psychodynamics and at the Advanced Institute for Therapeutic Studies.

 

Testimonials

Your calming presence made me feel very much at ease. I didn’t expect to be able to open up in the way I did and even when I visited the pain inside I was surprised that I actually felt stronger as opposed to feeling weaker.  

Agenda

Please find below an overview of the (start) dates of the courses:

26 Jun Mindfulness course
4 Sep Mindfulness course
9 Jan Mindfulness course
14 Feb Mindfulness course
20 March Mindfulness course
16th April Mindfulness course