Dr. Lies Van Bekkum
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Lies van Bekkum provides her clients with a wonderful balance of warmth and straightforwardness as a therapist at The Catalyst Center. She is passionate about her work with mothers and their partners during pregnancy and postpartum, and with her upbringing in the Netherlands, she brings a refreshing international perspective on birth and parenthood.
She completed her doctoral research comparing the experiences of fathers during the birth of their children in home births, birth center births, and hospital births, and is passionate about working with new mothers and their partners as they explore their new roles as parents.
Lies specializes in helping people to grow their existing strengths and develop new ways of living more flexibly and more joyfully. She has a wonderful sense of humor that is balanced with her knowledge of what helps people become unstuck from Depression, Anxiety and other challenges. She is firm and direct when needed and also expressive of her genuine caring for the people with whom she works.
In her work with couples she uses an approach called Emotion Focused Therapy that helps people to get to the heart of the matter in their relationships. She is skilled at bringing couples beyond their anger and resentment. She gets them back in touch with what drew them together in the first place and helps them develop a deeper understanding themselves as individuals and embrace the ways they can help each other grow and live a life filled with love.
Lies is passionate about working with people around issues of complex identities.
She excels at exploring issues of race, ethnicity, nationality, language, gender expression, sexual orientation, and other complex identities and intersections between many identities.
Dr. Lies van Bekkum Training and Experience
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver 2015
Hear What Others are Saying About Dr. Lies van Bekkum
Lies is a joy to work with. Ever since I met her many years ago, I have known we would end up working together in some way. From working with her on her doctoral research, to bringing her on as our first student therapist, to finally getting to hire her on as a staff therapist, she has impressed me at every turn. I am incredibly lucky to have her as part of our team. She elevates all of our work with her dedication to excellence and her warm, loving and joyful nature.
~ Dr. Erin Jacklin
Lies shows such genuine care and attentiveness to clients and coworkers. She seems to have the ability to immediately make a person feel welcome and respected, and when combining this with her excellent education and training, she is an excellent therapist.
~ Dr. Courtney Klein
I have had the privileged of collaborating with Lies on many therapy cases over the years and was able to see the depth of her skill and knowledge. She is an extraordinary clinician who can easily work with people from all walks of life. She brings a firm and loving approach to her work as a therapist. Her clients respond well to her and have consistently shown great gains and progress. We are lucky to have her.
~ Kendra Doukas, MS, LMFT
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