Straight to the heart and getting stronger doing so!

As provocative psychologist Freek Sarink helps people with emotional problems by challenging them. A lot of times people with emotional problems are considered to be vulnerable. But it turns out that challenge is making people stronger. Often within a few sessions the result of provocative therapy is that people are getting:

  • More self-confident
  • More assertive
  • More realistic

Because of his provocative approach Freek Sarink challenges his clients to go straight to the heart of the matter. Doing so both clients and psychologist need to get out of their comfort zone. The result is that the problem quickly shows and that at the same time clients experience Freek Sarink as a warm and sincere psychologist.

It’s better to be provoked, then to be helped partially!

Freek Sarink, psychologist and versatile trainer

The career of Freek Sarink characterizes itself in his great interest for the wellbeing of his clients. He’s always looking for the best ways to help them. It is his conviction that the provocative therapy is de most efficient, the most exhilarating and most funny way of helping people with emotional, relational or work related problems. Freek has developed himself both as a family therapist, a couples therapist and an EMDR therapist (to treat people who sufferd traumas). He’s not only working in The Netherlands, but also in Spain. He is not just treating people in Dutch, but also in English and Spanish. He sees a lot of ex pats living in The Netherlands.

With a lot of dedication Freek teaches the provocative therapy to students psychology, other psychologists, managers and teachers who like to use some of the provocative style in their own work. Because of his experience as a trainer and consultant for the consultancy firm Berenschot and as a teacher for the universities Universiteit van Amsterdam en the Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam, his interactive workshops and lectures are always valued very high. 

Since November 2020 Freek started his PhD-research to investigate the role of humour in therapy at the University of Almería (Southern Spain). It will be one of the first studies that will incorporate interventions form the provocative therapy. He will be working closely with his colleagues in Almería but also with the psychologists of Activa Psicología in Madrid.

Known for working for:

“We went to Freek for couples counseling. Freek is a pleasant man who listens very well and he is very to-the-point in outlining what our problem is.” P. from Leiden

For what kind of problems?

Freek Sarink can help you with the following problems:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Burn-out
  • Low self-esteem
  • PTSD (Posttraumatic stress disorder)
  • Workrelated problems
  • Relational problems
  • Family problems

“I think the therapist is a good person in whom I can trust. With him I could express myself and he gives me realistic opinions and acceptation.” L. from Portugal


My office is situated in the city centre of Leiden in the former industrial complex of Tieleman en Dros.

Middelstegracht 87E
2312 TT Leiden

If you’re travelling by car, then you can park on the Middelstegracht itself or in the garage of the Albert Heijn.
When you’re travelling by public transport you can take bus line 6 form Leiden Central Station to Leyhof. You need to get out of the bus at busstop Hooigracht.

You can reach my practice via the arch on the Middelstegracht (next to framer Deviré) towards the courtyard. At your right you will find Unit 4. Ring the bell at number 87E. When inside the building you need to take the stairways to the first floor. At your right hand you will see an open doorway with a long hallway behind it. At the end of the hallway you’ll see some black chairs. You can take a seat there.

“His approach is clarifying, realistic and direct. Freek clearly has broad experience in his profession.” I. from Leiden

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