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Psychologist, coach and scientist

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My mission is to strengthen resilience and increase psychological flexibility in people. As a resilience practioner I apply coaching, counseling and training for body and mind. The natural resilience of people in (highly) stressful circumstances has always fascinated me. Awareness and training of this power increases adaptability. As a PhD psychologist, I have expertise on posttraumatic stress, meaning making and strengthening resilience. As a counselor I have gained experience in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma and dissociation and I apply Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and EMDR. As a psychologist (PhD) I am highly motivated to coach and support people in highly stressful circumstances caused by work or life events. I will be happy to support your resilience!

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“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” (Nelson Mandela)

Dr. Michaela Schok



Supporting your resilience!

Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, irritability or poor sleep? Often this is related to stressful circumstances in your life or shocking experiences you have gone through. It is then extra important to pay attention to your own strengths. Together we will get started with your request for help. Depending on the request for help, I can support you with various treatment techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).


Evidenced based interventions



Seeing the forest for the trees again! (Dutch expression)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a combination of two forms of psychotherapy: cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy addresses the behavior and negative thoughts that perpetuate the problems. CBT is effective for anxiety, depression, addiction and eating disorders, among other things.

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Eye movements that help!

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, abbreviated to EMDR, is a therapy for people who continue to suffer from the consequences of a shocking experience, such as an accident, sexual violence or a violent incident. An important part of EMDR concerns desensitization. In doing so, the client takes the dysfunctional memory into account. Then the therapist makes horizontal movements with his fingers for 20 to 30 seconds. The client  follows these movements with his eyes. Then the client breathes in and out calmly and reports what he experiences. Then the therapist has the client make eye movements again. In this way the client processes all kinds of aspects of the memory.

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Valued living!

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) ia a form of behavioral therapy developed in the late 20th century by American psychologist Steven C. Hayes. At the core of ACT is the philosophy that meaningful action enriches life and that fighting the inevitable ultimately comes at the expense of a valuable life. That's why people at ACT learn to act consciously according to their values, and to accept things that they can influence less, such as their emotions and thoughts.


Do you have a specific question about stress and its consequences for your employees or clients? In addition to psychological treatment, I am happy to offer a solution to your problem on a project basis. As a psychologist and coach I can provide advice and training to your employees in dealing with (post-traumatic) stress. I also have expertise on integration and participation after war and migration. You can see examples of my work below.

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Search for meaning

War and peacekeeping leave an indelible memory in the minds of veterans, especially when they have faced life-threatening events or lost a comrade in combat. These personal tragedies are devastating and set in motion a search for meaning about why they happened and what makes life valuable. The central aim of this thesis is to explore the significance of meaning in the process of cognitive adaptation after military deployment among Dutch veterans who were deployed during war and peacekeeping operations.


Tips and tools for soldiers, veterans and the home front

Deployment experiences shape the person who has been on a mission. They often lead to more insight into yourself, others and the world around you. Most soldiers are doing well after returning from a deployment, even if it takes time to get used to the home situation in the Netherlands. A small number of them will have more difficulty giving the special experiences a place. 'After the mission' is intended as a signpost when returning after deployment. In 2020, the website will offer online support.


Houtense newcomers on their way to work and education: roadmap and tools

Newcomers especially bring a lot of talents with them! They are enterprising, smart, humorous, social, creative, caring, technical, go-getter, grateful and extremely motivated to build a new life here. These new talents deserve a good job opportunity in our society. This requires more practical and coherent support from, among others, volunteers, coaches, employers and other stakeholders who help create opportunities for them. This publication offers support and guidance tools for newcomers towards participation and work.


Work experience and education

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Psychologist | Psycholoog Nederland (since 2022)


Lecturer Clinical Psychology | Utrecht University (since 2021)

Psychologist (researcher, coach/therapist en trainer (freelance) | Michaela Schok, PhD  (since 2014)

2019-2022 | Psychologist 1nP

2019-2022 Board member ACBS BeNe

2019-2021 Psychologist/researcher | ARQ Centrum ‘45


2016-2020 Coach en coordinator buddy support newcomers | van Houten&co


2015-2016 Psychologist | Indigo


2011-2015 Editor Cogiscope | Cogis


2000-2014 Researcher | Veteraneninstituut

1998-2000 Staff member | De Basis

1998-1999 Psychologist | St. Antonius Ziekenhuis


2023 ACT and schema focused therapy | ACT in actie


2023 Polyvagal Theory in Therapy by Deb Dana | Uitgeverij Mens

2022 Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: Practical Tools for Complex Trauma | Janina Fisher, PhD

2022 Webinar Developing Psychologically Flexible Children and Adolescents with Darin Cairns | Contextual Consultingin Cairns

2021 Advanced Master Program on Treatment of Trauma | NICABM


2021 ACT Masterclass Series | Psyflix

2021 ACT for Perfectionism and People Pleasing with Russ Harris | Contextual Consulting

2021 Psychotrauma Masterclass Serie | Psyflix

2020 Workshop Relational Frame Theory | ACBS BeNe

2020 ACT for Trauma | Psychwire by Russ Harris

2018 Verdiepingscursus ACT | ACT - EMDR Centrum

2018 Basiscursus EMDR | ACT - EMDR Centrum

2016 Basiscursus Cognitieve Gedragstherapie | Rinogroep

2015 Coachopleiding (NOBCO certified Practitioner) | ICM

2014 Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction | ICTEL


2014 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) | GITP - PAO

2005-2009 Promotie-onderzoek ‘Meaning as a mission. Making sense of war and peacekeeping’ | Universiteit Utrecht

1989-1995 Bachelor en Master Klinische en gezondheidspsychologie | Universiteit Utrecht

Two Dried Leaves



  • Velu, M.E., Martens, I., Shahab, M. et al. Trauma-focused treatments for refugee children: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of KIDNET versus EMDR therapy versus a waitlist control group (KIEM). Trials 23, 347 (2022).

  • Schok, M.L., Velu, M., Abraha, A., Malla, K., de Roos, C. & Mooren, T. (submitted). Cultural beliefs on mental health in refugee parents: importance of religion and stigma.



  • Schok, Michaela (2019). Nieuw talent in Houten. Houtense nieuwkomers op weg naar werk en opleiding: roadmap en tools. Utrecht: uitgeverij Eburon.


  • Schok, Michaela. (2018). Nieuwkomers onderweg naar werk .‘Blijven is meedoen’. Tussenrapportage over participatie van statushouders in Houten 2016-2018. Houten: van Houten&co.


  • Schok, Michaela, Jain, Rushil, Ruiter, Martine de, Siriaraya, Panote & Desmet, Pieter (2017). Resilient@work: wear ebo for a more positive outook on life. Poster presentation at European Congress of Psychology, Amsterdam, July 11-14.

  • Facebook groep Meedoen in Houten (juli 2017). Meedoen in Houten biedt informatie over werk, opleiding en activiteiten voor nieuwkomers in Houten. In samenwerking met van Houten&co.

  • Wijzer in Houten. Training voor Eritrese nieuwkomers (2017). van Houten&co, BrugZit en gemeente Houten. Houten: van Houten&co.

  • Schok, Michaela (2017). Participatie nieuwkomers. Op weg naar werk in Nederland. Rapportage over participatie van statushouders in Houten 2016-2017. Houten: van Houten&co.


  • Schok, Michaela (2016). Participeren in Houten. Nieuwkomers uit verre landen. Rapportage over participatie van statushouders in Houten 2016. Houten: van Houten&co.

  • Schok, Michaela & Heuvel, Marieke van den (2016). Draaiboek cursus In je Kracht. Houten: van Houten&co.

  • Schok, Michaela & Kamp, Erwin (2016). Na de missie 2.0. Tips en tools voor militairen, veteranen en het thuisfront. Delft: Uitgeverij Eburon.


  • Dr. Schok, Michaela. (2015). Posttraumatische groei: aanpassing of illusie? In: Prof.dr. Peter van der Velden, dr. Trudy Mooren en dr. Jeroen Knipscheer (redactie). Psychotrauma wel beschouwd. Liber amicorum voor prof.dr. Rolf J. Kleber, pp.125-130. Diemen: Stichting Arq.

  • Schok, Michaela. (2015). Werking en evidentie van Narratieve Exposure Therapie. Behandeling van complex trauma door reconstructie van het levensverhaal. Cogiscope, 1, 25-29.

  • Schok, Michaela. (2015). PTSS vanuit een netwerkmodel bekeken. Cogiscope, 1, 30-31.



  • Schok, Michaela. (2014). Aanpassing na verlies en trauma. Natuurlijk herstel kent patronen, maar interventie blijft maatwerk. Cogiscope, 4, 30-32.

  • Schok, Michaela. (2014). Gender en PTSS. Cogiscope, 2, 22-23.

  • Schok, Michaela & Mooren, Jan Hein. (2014). Existentiële zorg na de missie. Ingrijpende uitzendervaringen in het licht van zingeving en levensbeschouwing. In: Fred van Iersel, Jan Peter van Bruggen, René de Boer (redactie). Terug van de missie. Zorg voor veteranen en de bijdrage van de Geestelijke Verzorging, pp. 35-58.  Budel: Uitgeverij Damon.


  • Schok, Michaela. (2013). Honden met een missie voor veteranen met PTSS. Rugdekking van een buddyhond. Cogiscope 4, p. 20-23.

  • Schok, Michaela. (2013). Over cliënten die voortijdig stoppen met de behandeling van PTSS. Cogiscope 4, 24-25.

  • Erwin Kamp & Michaela Schok. (2013). App 'Na de missie'. Delft: Uitgeverij Eburon.

  • Schok, Michaela. (2013). Oorlog in mijn hoofd. Veteranen gaan de confrontatie aan met hun oorlogsverleden. Cogiscope 2, p. 14-17.

  • Schok, Michaela. (2013). PTSS volgens de nieuwe DSM-5: zin of onzin? Cogiscope, 1, p. 22-23.

  • Schok, Michaela. (2013). In de Spreekkamer: Erwin Kamp, Coördinator Geestelijke Verzorging bij het Veteraneninstituut. Cogiscope 1, p.24-26.


  • Schok, Michaela. (2012). Terugblik op afgerond  onderzoek met Rolf Kleber. Onderzoek Uitgelicht Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei, p. 41-45.

  • Schok, Michaela. (2012).  Seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in de Rooms-Katholieke kerk. Onderzoeksbevindingen van de commissie Deetman. Cogiscope, 4, p. 12-15.

  • Schok, Michaela. (2012). Trajecten in trauma  symptomen voor en na  militaire uitzending. Cogiscope, 3, p. 22-23.

  • Schok, Michaela. (2012). In gesprek met Ernst Bohlmeijer, hoogleraar Mental Health Promotion. Op zoek naar zin in de GGZ. Cogisscope, 2, p. 10-13.

  • Schok, Michaela. (2012). Markers van veerkracht bij Australische politieagenten.Cogisscope, 2, p. 22.

  • Schok, Michaela. (2012). Leefstijl interventies onderschat in de GGZ. Cogisscope, 1, p. 24.

  • Kamp, Erwin & Schok, Michaela (2012). Na de missie. Tips en tools voor na de militaire uitzending. Delft: Uitgeverij Eburon.


  • Schok, Michaela. (2011). Verborgen, giftige en helende verhalen. Cogiscope, 4, p. 27. 

  • Schok, Michaela. (2011). Mannen met een missie. Betekenisvolle herinneringen aan Cambodja. Cogiscope, 3. p. 18-21.

  • Schok, Michaela. (2011). Negatieve opvattingen drempel bij het zoeken van psychische hulp. Cogiscope, 2, p. 24.

  • Schok, Michaela. (2011). The Untold War. Analyse emotionele strijd militairen tussen goed en kwaad. Cogiscope, 2, p. 14.

  • Schok, M. & Kleber, R. (2011). Betekenis als een missie: zingeving na oorlogs- en vredesoperaties. Psychologie & Gezondheid, 39, 77-93.

  • Schok, M.L., Kleber, R.J., Lensvelt-Mulders, G.J.L.M., Elands, M. & Weerts, J. (2011). Suspicious minds at risk? The role of meaning in processing war and peacekeeping experiences. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41, 61-81. 



  • Schok, M.L., Kleber, R.J. & Boeije, H.R. (2010). Men with a mission: Veterans meanings on peacekeeping in Cambodia. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 15, 279-303.

  • Schok, M.L., Kleber, R.J. & Gerty J.L.M. Lensvelt-Mulders, G.J.L.M. (2010). A model of resilience and meaning after military deployment: Personal resources in making sense of war and peacekeeping experiences. Aging & Mental Health, 14, 328-338.



  • Schok, M. (2009). Meaning as a mission: making sense of war and peacekeeping. Delft:Uitgeverij Eburon. 

  • Mooren, T., Schok, M. & Kleber, R.J. (2009). De zin van ingrijpende gebeurtenissen: een vragenlijst over betekenisgeving na oorlogs- en geweldservaringen. Psychologie & Gezondheid, 39, 101-109.



  • Schok, M.L., Weerts, J.M.P. en Kleber, R.J. (2008) Betekenisgeving aan militaire uitzendingen. Bijblijven, 24 (8), 42-48. 

  • Schok, M.L., Kleber, R.J., Elands, M. & Weerts, J.M.P. (2008). Meaning as a mission: a review of emperical studies on appraisals of war and peacekeeping experiences. Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 357-365. 

  • Schok, M.L. & Elands, M. (2008). Terugblik op uitzending. Nederlands Militair Geneeskundig Tijdschrift, 61, 246-250. 



  • Schok, M. (2007). Terugblik op uitzending. Meer werk maken van waardering. Carré, 6, 40-44.


  • Schok, Michaela (2006). Veteranen voelen zich niet gewaardeerd: onderzoek naar ervaringen na terugkeer van uitzending. Checkpoint, 7 (9), p. 44-45. 

  • Schok, Michaela (2006) Ingrijpende uitzendervaringen. Generatieverschillen tussen oude en jonge veteranen. Checkpoint, 7 (7), p. 20-22. 

  • Schok, M. (2006) Veteranen overwegend positief: onderzoek naar oordeel over uitzendervaringen. Checkpoint, 7 (5), p. 42-44. 



  • Schok, M.L. & Vries, J. de (2005). Predicting overall quality of life and general health of veterans with(out) health problems. Military Psychology, 17(2), 89-100. 


  • Schok, M.L. & Kleber, R.J. (2004). Vragenlijst Betekenis militaire uitzendervaringen. Doorn: Veteraneninstituut.

  • Schok, M.L. & Kleber, R.J. (2004). Meaning of military deployment experiences: cognitive adaptation to stressful life events. Research proposal 2003-2006. Doorn: Veteraneninstituut. 



  • Schok, M.L., Mouthaan, J. & Weerts, J.M.P. (2003). Posttraumatische stressklachten en symptomen bij Nederlandse militairen en veteranen. Nederlands Militair Geneeskundig Tijdschrift, 56(6), 199-204. 

  • Schok, Michaela. (2003). Quality of Life in Dutch New Guinea Veterans with(out) health problems. In: International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. Fragmention and Integration in the Wake of Psychological Trauma. 19th Annual Meeting. Final Program and Proceedings p. 98. 

  • Schok, Michaela & Elands, Martin (2003). Wat is de impact van een uitzending? Onderzoek naar de kwaliteit van leven van Nieuw-Guineaveteranen. Checkpoint, 7, 22-23.

  • Schok, Michaela, Elands, Martin & Weerts, Jos. (2003). Quality of life among New Guinea veterans: Expanding the scope? European Psychotherapy, 4, 207-208. Special Edition, Abstracts of the VIII European Conference on Traumatic Stress. Andreas Maercker & Norbert F. Gurris (Eds).

  • Schoeman, Jan, Elands, Martin, Schok, Michaela & Meijer, Marten. (2003). Uit de schaduw van Indië. De Nieuw-Guineaveteranen: erkenning, welzijn en solidariteit. In: Martin Elands & Alfred Staarman (red.), Afscheid van Nieuw-Guinea. Het Nederlands-Indonesische conflict 1950-1962. Bussum: Uitgeverij THOTH.

  • Schok, M.L. , Elands, M. & Weerts, J.M.P. (2003). Nieuw-Guineaveteranen in de 21e eeuw. Pilotonderzoek naar kwaliteit van leven. Nederlands Militair Geneeskundig Tijdschrift, 2, 52-58.



  • Schok, M.L. & Elands, M. (2002). Pilotonderzoek naar kwaliteit van leven. Nieuw-Guineaveteranen in de 21e eeuw. Doorn: Veteraneninstituut.

  • Schok, M.L. (2002). Kwaliteit van leven: een vernieuwend perspectief in de zorg aan veteranen? Nederlands Militair Geneeskundig Tijdschrift, 3, 80-83.



  • Schok, M.L. & Karadag, Y. (2001). Evaluation of an intervention for partners of war veterans. In: Programme and Book of Abstracts. European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Seventh European Conference on Traumatic Stress.

  • Karadag, Y. & Schok, M.L. (2001). Who cares for partners? Psychosocial support for partners of war veterans. In: Programme and Book of Abstracts. European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Seventh European Conference on Traumatic Stress.



  • Schok, M.L. & Karadag, Y. (2000). Evaluation of an intervention for partners of war veterans. In: Public health perspectives on trauma and research. Final program. International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, 16th Annual Meeting, p.59 .

  • Karadag, Y. & Schok, M.L. (2000). Psychosocial support for partners of war veterans. In: Public health perspectives on trauma and research. Final program. International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, 16th Annual Meeting, p.83.

  • Schok, M.L., Geenen, R., Antwerpen, A. van, Wit, P. de, Brand, N. & Ramshorst, B. van. (2000). Quality of Life after Laparascopic Adjustable Gastric Banding for Severe Obesity. Postoperative and Preoperative Retrospective Evaluations. Obesity Surgery, 10, 502 508.

  • Schok, M.L., Geenen, R., Antwerpen, A. van, Wit, P. de, Brand, N. & Ramshorst, B. van. (2000). Quality of life after obesity surgery. In: Abstract Book EHPS 2000, The 14th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, 190.

  • Schok, M.L., Geenen, R., Antwerpen, A. van, Wit, P. de, Brand, N. & Ramshorst, B. van. (2000). Abstract: Physical, Social and Psychological Quality of Life after Laparascopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB). Obesity Surgery, 10, 110.


  • Schok, M.L., Geenen, R., Antwerpen, A. van, Wit, P. de, Brand, N. & Ramshorst, B. van. (1999). Abstract: Quality of life after laparascopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB).Obesity Surgery, 9, 336.



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