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Straight to the heart and getting stronger doing so!

As provocative psychologist Federico Sarink helps people with emotional problems by challenging them and using a lot of humor. People with emotional problems are often considered to be vulnerable. But it turns out that challenge is making people stronger. Frequently 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 Federico 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.

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Federico Sarink,
psychologist and versatile trainer

The career of Federico 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. Federico 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 Federico 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 humor 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:

For what kind of problems?

Federico can help you with the following problems:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Burn-out
  • Low self-esteem
  • PTSD (Posttraumatic stress disorder)
  • Workrelated problems
  • Relational problems
  • Family problems


His 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 his office 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 chairs. You can take a seat there.

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