Lara Maestrini MSc, MA


1.5 Years of Experience

Sessions from: 80

My Credentials:

I’m Lara, a Psychologist and Counsellor based in Amsterdam, originally from the German-speaking part of Italy. With a profound curiosity for the human mind and a passion for helping people, I knew from a very young age that my calling lay in the field of psychology. My academic journey began with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Vienna, followed by a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Leiden University. Eager to expand my horizons, I pursued a second Master’s in Counselling Psychology at CITY College, University of York. Living and studying in different countries has given me the opportunity to experience and learn from various cultures.

During my studies, I fell in love with the Netherlands, which is why I came back to live and work here. Equipped with a wide array of academic knowledge, practical training, and work experience, I now offer therapy sessions to other expats or English-speaking individuals.

My Approach:

I believe every person is unique, and as a result, therapy looks different for each and every one of my clients. Flexibility and creativity are at the forefront of the therapy process, allowing us to craft an approach that is tailored to your individual wishes and needs. While I bring professional skills, knowledge, and a whole lot of empathy, you remain the expert in your own life. This principle underpins my practice, as I strive to collaborate with my clients and encourage them to actively shape the therapy process alongside me.

My academic path has prepared me to work integratively, drawing from Person-centred, Cognitive-Behavioural, and Gestalt perspectives, with additional training in Schema Therapy. Based on my own journey in life, my passion lies in supporting adults who struggle with “people-pleasing tendencies” such as difficulty setting boundaries, perfectionism, over-giving, neglecting one’s own needs, social anxiety, low self-esteem, and a tendency to find oneself in unbalanced relationships. Additionally, I have worked with a wide range of topics, such as depression, bereavement, anxiety, ADHD, ASD, relationship issues, self-harm, OCD, substance misuse, body image, family relationships, burn-out, and more.

My aim is to guide clients in exploring their past and gaining insight into how it influences their current thoughts and behaviors. This understanding supports the next part of the journey: creating active change. Recognizing life patterns and cultivating healthy coping strategies are essential steps toward effecting change and navigating life in a balanced manner.

I don’t believe there is a “one-size-fits-all” in therapy, but together we will find what works best for you!

About Me:

Outside of my work hours, I’m all about embracing life’s adventures. Whether it’s jetting off to new destinations, immersing myself in a good book, or leisurely strolling through the charming streets of Amsterdam, I find joy in every moment. Traveling, reading, and soaking up the vibrant energy of this city are my go-to ways to unwind and recharge.


I’m a registered Psychologist and Counsellor from Italy. I have lived and studied in various countries over the last years and ultimately settled down in Amsterdam.
I offer therapy to adults in Amsterdam Oud-West or online from the comfort of your own home. Sessions are held in English, but I have in-depth knowledge of various cultures and languages.
My approach is personalised and tailored to what you want and need in therapy!

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Accrediting Body

Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen (Netherlands)



Types of Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Attachment Based Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Compassion Focused Therapy
Expat Therapy
Integrative Therapy
Humanistic Psychotherapy
Online Therapy
Person-Centred Therapy
Schema Therapy

Therapy Issues

Culture Shock
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Health Anxiety
Identity Problems
Low Self-Confidence
Low Self-Esteem
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Relationship Problems
Separation Anxiety
Social Anxiety
Trauma (PTSD)
Work-Related Stress

Client Types

Adult (18 or over)
Older Adult (65 or over)

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102, Borgerstraat, 1062XC, Amsterdam, Amsterdam