Alive listening & opening to truth

Self Inquiry

A Psychology of Awakening


Since 2017, Open Up introduces Inquiry Sessions as a psychological process that goes beyond just speaking. Often when we say something there is an immediate ​response, advice, reaction, interpretation, approval, rejection. The other might also be distracted, half listening, half thinking about something else. Words maintain unspoken and unfelt.


A session supports the emerging of awareness about issues which might jeopardise your full expression. It holds space for you to feel your body, and hear the mind. Inquiry is part of the cornerstones of practices of Open Up. It is a deeply powerful and yet not broadly used technique and practice. We draw wisdom from A.H. Almaas – founder of the Diamond Approach. Inquiry as a practice uses whatever is happening right now as the entry point to unlimited discovery. It ask you to become present to the essence of what presents itself. The invitation is to staying open not to know, to illuminate the unknown, to reveal the hidden.


It investigates what we are saying and if it is true. Suddenly talking is not merely speaking.​ When we start to orientate ourselves with what is really going on, we can start to meet ourselves beyond the habitual stories and patterns of the mind. Through meeting the mind, and listening into the body, the process builds and weaves on what you discover. Our disowned shadow parts and unhealed trauma, can become visible, and is given space to heal. It enhances our listening capacities, and connection to ourselves in a growth process to become more present, authentic, and real with the world inside and outside of us.  

It was challenging and nourishing at the same time to investigate my truth. In the days following I was very aware of emotions rising to the surface.

- Anonymous

People are Talking about Inquiry

Katrien creates a safe space where I could feel and share everything. I have gained more clarity in what patterns I have in my daily life and how I suppress things or put myself down. And most importantly, I have experienced what it is like to really be myself, connected and being heard. Very grateful!  – Niranjan, founder of De Meditatietuin

The Inquiry sessions are amazingly powerful. I felt much more light, clear and present after. Katrien is excellent at holding presence and of asking questions that shift my thinking into feeling. Highly recommend!

–  Saskia

Private sessions

1 hour sessions / via Zoom

Single session: € 150 

5 private sessions: € 700 (instead of € 750)

Prices are excluding 21% VAT 

Corporate sessions

On request

What Can I Expect

A Inquiry Session is a facilitated conversation with founder Katrien who is a certified Holistic Counsellor and trained as therapist to unlock the deeper hidden patterns within, to hear and see yourself better. It is an embodied learning journey for becoming more present, aware, empowered and authentic with yourself. You will be introduced in the basic attitudes of self-inquiry. As your self-exploration is guided and becomes orientated, you will recognise that your awareness deepens. You will learn to appreciate the subtleties, the richness, and the intimacy of your own 'language" and given the freedom to inquire into your needs. 

Method & Approach

Shadow Work (Jungian Approach)

I will help you to identify the parts of yourself that you keep hidden and may reject or deny. When we hide and reject parts of ourselves, they become expressed by our subconscious. Shadow work allows for the unconscious to come into consciousness, welcomed, and accepted as an integral part of your Self. 

Essence Work (Diamond Approach)

Utilising “inquiry”, an investigation of your own personal experience to help you come back to your true nature. We use psychological understanding to help understand the twists and turns of the ego structure. This will involve sensing and feeling into the body and being present and aware of what is happening right now.

Engaged & Dynamic 

Our approach is dynamic and engaged and of attuned listening to promote self-awareness to support the development of your strengths and inner potential, to help you overcome the obstacles preventing your full self-expression in the world. By helping you identify and strengthen your own inner resources - it will enable you to embark upon the sometimes challenging (and often painful) journey of self-discovery.

Person-Centred (Carl Rogers Approach)

Through being fully present I will support you to navigate your own inner landscape and journey of discovery. This will be aided by guided questions to meet the unspoken, unheard and allow you to find your own path of progress and development and understand you own internal frame of reference.

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