About the ICTC

Globally, my team and I, Arianne Struik, provide training, consultation and supervision on the treatment of chronically traumatized and dissociative children and their families. I developed the Sleeping Dogs® method to engage chronically traumatized children who are unwilling or unable to participate and complete trauma treatment.

The Sleeping Dogs method is described in the book Treating Chronically Traumatized Children, the Sleeping Dogs method. I also provide treatment for chronically traumatized children and adults throughout Australia and New Zealand on a Fly-In-Fly-Out basis and monthly EMDR clinics from BITS Medical Centre, Boyne Island QLD Australia.

About Arianne Struik

Arianne is the founder and director of The Institute for Chronically Traumatized Children located in Agnes Water, Queensland, Australia. She is a Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapist and EMDR-consultant, originally from the Netherlands. Arianne has more than 25 years of experience with trauma treatment for children, adolescents and their families, either living at home, in foster families or in residential facilities and through that has developed the Sleeping Dogs method. Across Australia, Arianne Struik worked for and with the Department of Child Protection, with Oranga Tamariki in New Zealand, with children living in foster families, residential homes, group homes, NGO’s or hostels in urban and remote areas. Arianne is a member of the ESTD Child and Adolescent Committee and the National APS EMDR Therapy IG Committee.

My team consists of Sleeping Dogs trainers, who provide training, supervision and consultation on the treatment of chronically traumatized children and the Sleeping Dogs method.

The Dutch team

My Dutch team teaches in Dutch and English

Danny de Bakker

As a Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Practitioner, Danny has broad experience with trauma treatment in residential youth care and is currently working with chronically traumatized infants, children and families in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Breburg, Tilburg, the Netherlands.

Mirjam Pijpers

Mirjam is a Clinical Psychologist / Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and EMDR Practitionar. Over the last fifteen years she has been working with chronically traumatized infants, children and their families in a child and adolescent psychiatric hospital in the Netherlands, where she was program director for children with emotional disorders for two years. Mirjam now works in a general hospital with children and adolescents, who have experienced medical trauma. Mirjam also provides training on the trauma and attachment from her private practice.

Caroline Dierkx

As a Clinical Psychologist and EMDR therapist, Caroline has broad experience with trauma treatment in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Infant Mental Health and is currently working with chronically traumatized, infants, children and families in Psycho-trauma Centre Sterk Huis in Goirle, the Netherlands. From her private practice, Caroline provides training on trauma and attachment.

The Danish team

My Danish team teaches in Danish, Swedish and English

Sarah Voschero Christensen

Sarah is a Clinical Psychologist and EMDR therapist and has worked with complex child and family cases for the last ten years. She has worked in a team specializing in assessment and treatment of children and young people who has been sexually abused, in a clinical setting with children, young people and families in a Danish family center, and now provides trauma treatment including Sleeping Dogs treatment and EMDR at her private practice.

Charlotte Sommerfeldt

Charlotte is a Clinical Psychologist, Theraplay therapist level 1 and EMDR therapist. She works with families in a Municipality Family Service Centre in the outskirts of Copenhagen. She became a specialist in child psychology in 2009 and has worked with complex families, young people and their network in a systemic framework for 15 years.