Marjolein van der Wal
Basic psychologist in the GZ-programme
I did not study abroad during my Bachelor's programme and when I saw a message from this study programme that they were looking for a student who was willing to write his or her Master's thesis in Canada, I immediately responded. This way, I still had the opportunity to go abroad during my studies. I did research on neuroticism with monozygotic twins for half a year there. It was a great experience which I can recommend to anyone.
After the Bachelor in Psychology I decided to do the Master’s programme in ‘Clinical Psychology’. At first, I had to get used to the Master’s programme...
We studied the material in greater depth, which was nice. However, everything was still quite theoretical during the Master’s programme. That is why I am glad that I did an internship; I learned a lot from that.I did an internship at Maarsingh & van Steijn, a psychologists practice in Leeuwarden. In the beginning, I watched the work of my colleagues a lot, but after a while I was also allowed to treat people myself. I thought that was very scary but at the same time a lot of fun and incredibly interesting.
After graduating, I was able to stay and I would work for several hours a week on my internship. Gradually, I could work more and more hours and now I am even allowed to start the GZ-programme next month. Then I will have one training day a week and three normal working days at the practice.I am now a basic psychologist. I am allowed to do a lot of things, but still officially under the supervision of some colleagues. Usually, I see about five people a day; I talk to all of them for about an hour. I do coaching, assessments, psychological treatments and diagnostics. I also write reports and contact GP’s and employers. Once I am officially qualified as a GZ psychologist I can write my own name under the reports, and I will have more basic knowledge I can rely on.I really like my job. It is very diverse, I treat people with all kinds of problems. I also give group trainings, for example, to people with a negative self-image. At the moment, I only treat people under 35, because otherwise the age difference becomes too big. I see a lot of students, because I am still quite young and it is easier for me to understand them.
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