Sabine Vermeire

Interactie-Academie vzw
Van Schoonbekestraat 33
2018 Antwerpen, Belgium

Sabine Vermeire has a Master’s degree in Psychological and Educational sciences and graduated as a systemic therapist (Interactie-Academie) and as a narrative therapist (Institute of Narrative Therapy). As a member of staff at the Interactie-Academie, a training centre for systemic therapy in Antwerp (Belgium), she works as a trainer, psychotherapist and supervisor in systemic, narrative and collaborative therapy. She developed expertise in working with children, youngsters and families in challenging contexts like attachment problems, violence, abuse, psychiatric problems and trauma. She wrote several articles and book chapters on these subjects.

For more than twenty years she worked with disadvantaged clients. She strongly believes in the values they hold and in a promising future that still lays ahead of them. What challenges her is to talk and work with young clients and their parents without reproducing abuse or violence in the conversations and still create possibilities in a collaborative way when speaking becomes difficult. This brought her the previous years on a quest finding ways of “talking off the beaten track” and work in creative ways. She use both interviews, reflecting team processes, witnesses and footage in her work.

Sabine wrote two books. ‘Xander’ is an edited selection of more than 80 letters she wrote to a young boy after each session. They tell a story of growing up in barren circumstances. Her second co-authored book contains a collection of materialised externalised ‘problems’, as they were created during and after therapy sessions. They offer an astonishing insight in the ways clients explore their difficulties in such a manner that they often find new ways to live their lives.

She was president of the Narrative and Dialogical Therapy Conference of the Low Lands in Antwerp (Belgium) in November 2015. She also contributes to the one year course ‘International Certificate of Collaborative Practices’ in Belgium as a trainer.