Compassionate Inquiry

Because everyone deserves to connect to the truth within themselves in the present moment, become free from self-generated suffering, and gain insight, clarity and choice in their behavior.

I am a certified Compassionate Inquiry practitioner , trained by Gabor Mate and his team

I am often asked what is the difference between regular talk therapy and Compassion Inquiry (CI). With regular talk therapy, we can understand  our patterns, coping mechanisms, and it is often difficult to implement change. With CI, we move form our head to the core of our being, integrate this understanding with self-compassion, which allows to create space when we are triggered for us to chose our response. 

Wherever we stand, it’s never too late – we are never too old, too hurt, too bent, too sick. The good news is that we carry inside the healthy self that cannot be damaged.
Combining Compassionate Inquiry and transformative coaching, I facilitate your journey to your healthy self, one session at the time.
At the core of my work is compassion, openness, safety, playfulness. Let’s take a look at what is behind how you show up in the world. Taking a walk towards peace, freedom and connection.
I meet you where you are, to support you in the discovery of your self-healing and growing abilities.

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well we can be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” – Pema Chodron

What is compassionate inquiry? 

Dr. Gabor Maté developed the Compassionate Inquiry® psychotherapy approach, which reveals what lies beneath the appearance we present to the world.
“The purpose of the Compassionate Inquiry system is to drill down to the core stories people tell themselves – to get them to see what story they are telling themselves unconsciously; what those beliefs are, where they came from; and guide them to the possibility of letting go of those stories, or letting go of the hold those stories have on them …

That’s what the Compassionate Inquiry system is.”

~ Dr. Gabor Maté

Sessions with me 


My fees are 80 EUR per (online) session ; a session is 45 to 60min. I keep some room in my agenda for clients whose financial situation doesn’t allow for such fees, contact me if this is the case

Sessions in person are possible in Amsterdam and surrounding, contact me for details.

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In my clients' words


It was hard for me to admit that I would benefit from a form of therapy, and I was in quite a low place when I met Cécile. It’s coming up to a year now that we started our journey together, and I'm so thankful we did.
I almost always start our sessions thinking I have nothing of particular value to share, only to find an hour has passed and Cécile has managed to pick up strands here and there, encouraging me to delve further and reflect deeper. I find Cécile to be a warm, open, humorous, empathetic person to speak with. She takes utmost care to provide a safe, secure space in which this can occur. Cécile has a great network of knowledge & resources to draw upon. She is supportive and encouraging and has empowered me in numerous ways. I feel I've benefited from our time together by becoming more open, secure, positive and grounded. Our talks have been enormously insightful and comforting and I remain grateful for the wonderful energy Cécile shares
- Sadie Greenhalgh, February 2023


Cecile has an amazingly comforting presence that enabled me to be completely at ease and hence able to open up from the very first session. I felt very seen, heard and met by her during my compassionate inquiry sessions. As well as completely held in the space that she created. In every session there was something to marvel at as a result of this which allowed me to heal aspects of myself I only had a vague awareness of. To me the whole process with Cecile felt incredibly supportive and nurturing and I highly recommend her and her methods -
Julia Risdale, September 2022


I was extremely lucky to work with Cécile to tap into the mix of my emotions that were constantly surfacing as triggers.
Even though I’ve never met her before, I felt very comfortable opening up to her from the get go. She is a great listener and made me realize a lot of things that I thought were realities, were my own projections all the way.
I still have a bit of a way to go but I feel a bit more equipped to stop, breathe and reassess.
I cannot thank Cécile enough for her humbling generosity and warm heart.
Many Thanks for your time - Racha Sparrow, April 2022

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