The Child Assessment Group is run by an experienced team of international, highly educated, enthusiastic professional psychologists. Our team members come from countries around the world,
and offer services in multiple languages.
Hans Hogewind is the founder of the Child Assessment Group. He also works as a clinical psychologist (restricted through the Individual Healthcare Professions Act). For two years he lived and worked in Shanghai with children from expatriate families. He received referrals from various international schools in Shanghai. Hans has extensive experience with diagnosis of children and adolescents, as well as supporting adolescents and families. Hans has an honors degree in Clinical Developmental Psychology and School Psychology from the University of Amsterdam. He is also a licenced Cognitive Behavioral Therapist ® (VGCT) and EMDR Europe practitioner ®.
As a practising Psychologist, Hans' main motivation, is to help children and adolescents develop in a healthy and normal way. Although this might sound obvious many children are in fact facing challenges that prevent them from growing up in a happy, loving and supportive environment. Hans is able to determine the cause of the challenges and propose potential solutions that will help a child to be successful at both school and home. Hans sees it as his duty to support children and their parents explore struggles together, to find possible solutions to help the child cycle smoothly through life.
Sophia Franssen works as a child and adolescents therapist with a focus on trauma, attachment and personality disorders. Her aim is to help the people she works with to understand and overcome their difficulties. She is a licensed Cognitive Behavioral Therapist ® (VGCt).
Sophia grew up in Nijmegen, studied at the University of Groningen and has worked in disabled- and youth care before continuing her career in mental health care. She enjoys reading English novels and hiking.
Sara Nóbrega was born and raised in Portugal, where she started her career in caregiving by working as a children's monitor and babysitter from a young age. She worked in an international school in Lisbonas a special needs assistant, providing daily guidance and support to a child with developmental delays. This experience enhanced her affinity for working with childrenand encouraged her to pursuea Masters degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology in The Netherlands. Sara gained experience with assessments during a 7-month internship at an international clinic in The Hague, which inspired her to continue following her passion for demystifying the underlying causes behind children's challenges, as well as solidified her commitment to helpingthem reach their full potential.
Being an expat herself, Sara has been surrounded by the international community, both personally and professionally, which brings her insights into the unique challenges this life entails. She believes that children's difficulties and development should be looked at in the context of all aspects and systems of children's lives, integrating biological, social, and cultural elements.
Besides her work for the Child Assessment Group, Sara works as a therapist in an international center where she provides ABA treatment (Applied Behavior Analysis) to children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disorders.
Sara Velthuizen is a child psychologist who aims to support children and their families in questions of socioemotional wellbeing, academic achievement, and behavioral challenges. Sara earned a Master of Science degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology from Leiden University. Aside from her work at the Child Assessment Group, she also conducts research at Leiden University to obtain her PhD. Her research explores the effectiveness of new therapy methods for adolescents with Social Anxiety Disorder.
Sara was born in Sweden but grew up as a ‘Third Culture Kid,’ moving countries every so often with her parents and younger sister. A large chunk of this was spent in North Carolina in the United States, a place which still feels like home. Sara gained insight into the fantastic mind-opening and culturally enriching privileges of an international life; but also very real struggles which can accompany the life of an expat family. She is settled in the Netherlands together with her husband, their son, and their two dogs. Her primary goal in her work as a psychologist is provide families with the aid and counsel they need to continue toward a happy future.
Jet Sichterman is passionate about stimulating children’s social and emotional development, and highly motivated in finding out how she can help her clients to thrive. Before starting her private practice called Expat Child Psychology, Jet worked with children in groups as well as on an individual basis in a variety of settings. She gained experience with assessments in a psychiatric facility for children in Oegstgeest. Jet graduated Cum Laude from a liberal arts & sciences program and has a degree in Child & Adolescent Psychology from Leiden University.
During the time she graduated from Leiden University, Jet offered 1-to-1 support to a young expat child with severe developmental delays in The Hague. She was disappointed to note how hard it was for parents to find appropriate help for a non-Dutch speaking child and made it her personal goal to help international children who are struggling at home or at school.
Laura van der Belt is very motivated in her work with children and parents. Besides her work for the Child Assessment Group, she works as a psychologist at a Mental Health Clinic for children and adolescents in Hoorn, North Holland. She grew up in a bilingual (and bicultural) family, since her mother is Italian and her father is Dutch. Growing up with both languages and cultures, has made her aware of the important influence of culture on the education and development of a child. She is eager to apply her professional knowledge in helping children reach their full potential, working together with their parents.