Machiel Klerk is a licensed mental health therapist, with a specialty in working with dreams.
Machiel Klerk is a licensed mental health therapist, with a specialty in working with dreams. He is also an international speaker and dedicated social entrepreneur. Machiel has studied Psychology for more than 20 years. His resonance with Carl Jung first led him to the Jung Institute in Zurich, and later to the Pacifica Graduate Institute in California where he obtained a Masters Degree and trained to become a psychotherapist. He has also completed a three-year training program in depth psychology and dream work with Robert Bosnak.
Machiel is deeply interested in psychology as a healing modality and spends most of his time outside his therapy practice studying psychology, researching mental health healing practices, and developing educational psychological programs for JungPlatform.com and the Jung Society of Utah.
He regularly visits Asia and Africa to study with their indigenous healers. Being a South African by birth, Machiel has a personal interest in studying traditional African healing methodologies. He is a voracious reader of psychology books and is dedicated to learning as much as possible about the different forms of healing in psychology.
Machiel loves dreams, and giving form to dreams, which has evolved into him being one of the world’s most recognized dream workers and international speakers on the subjects of dreams. His short CD on dreams titled ‘Rumi and the World of Dream’ is one of the best- selling CDs on dreams of the last decade.
Machiel practices what he preaches, giving form to his own daytime and night time dreams. Based on a night time dream he founded the non-profit organization the Jung Society of Utah in 2009, and the online educational organization the Jung Platform in 2011. Machiel is a social entrepreneur who has won several awards from his local community, including the ‘influential cultural forces’ award. He was voted one of the ‘Enlightened Fifty’ by his community in Salt Lake City for his work benefiting the community.
Machiel was born in South Africa, grew up in the Netherlands, and has traveled to over 40 countries, lived in 4 continents for a year or more, and speaks several languages. He is currently based in Salt Lake City. For his clients based in other parts of the US and the world, Machiel offers online therapy sessions via Skype and Zoom.
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2016: African Divination Training – One year training program with Malidoma Some
2013: Completed level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
2009 – 2013: Completed a 3 year weekly training program in Depth Psychology and Dreamwork, leading to certificate of Embodied Imagination Therapist, Robert Bosnak, Los Angeles and online
2005 – 2008: Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
2006: Astrology training, Astrologos, online program
2003: Reiki training, Katmandu, Nepal
2003: Ayurvedic massage course, Benares, India
2002: Intensive summer program in Jungian psychology, Jung Institute, Zurich
2000–2002: Professional education Astrology training, Karen Hamaker-Zondag, Stichting Orderir, Amsterdam
1992–1997: Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Languages, University of Amsterdam
Therapy Work Experience
2011 – current: Private practice
2008 – 2011: Therapist at YouthCare, residential treatment for troubled teens.
2006 – 2008: Therapist at First Step House, a clinic for adults with a substance abuse diagnosis.
2011- current Founding President of Jung Platform
2009 – current Founding President of Jung Society of Utah
2004-2007 Global Product Manager for iBAHN
1999-2003 Co-founder MyCall.com
1997-1999 Several sales & marketing positions