Stepping Stone Psychology was started to provide a safe and accepting space to share your experiences without judgement and grow through your challenges. Our experience focuses on providing support to individuals, particularly for adolescents and young adults. The years first coming into adulthood and young adulthood can be filled with changes and difficult transitions. Appropriate support during these times can facilitate growth and build resilience.

If you are seeking support for your child, we can offer comprehensive support. Individual support for your child, parent support for yourself for any parenting questions that may arise, as well as connecting and collaborating with other professionals in your child’s life.

Stepping Stone Psychology offers support online or in-person in Utrecht, Netherlands.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is used successfully all over the world. It has been proven to be effective in treating a variety of psychological complaints and can be tailored to each client’s needs. Negative thoughts and unhealthy behaviour are examples of common and concerning symptoms that can be managed thanks to CBT. It is based on the simple concept that our thoughts, emotions and behaviour are all linked. Changing or adapting your thoughts, can therefore lead to positive changes in both your emotions and behaviour.

Sessions can also include techniques from other approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) or Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), but above all they will be guided by the needs of the client.


Portrait of Sofia Hi, I’m Sofia

Originally from Bologna, Italy, I have spent most of my life in South Africa, where I experienced a different way of life compared to my Italian culture. These experiences enriched my perspective of life and led me to pursue Psychology at the University of Cape Town. My first two degrees cemented my passion for learning, particularly about the human mind and behaviour. I continued this journey by emigrating to the Netherlands to strengthen my knowledge and practice in this field.

As an expat myself, and having worked with children and adults of all cultures and backgrounds during my studies, I am familiar with the challenges of migration and acculturation. I have worked as a counsellor, coach and psychologist for children and adolescents, and have run various therapy groups and workshops. My work experiences and established education fuel my passion for better mental health for all. My goal is to empower my clients in their journey through life.

Sofia Gilli has a MSc in Clinical Psychology from Utrecht University and is a member of the Dutch Association of Psychologists (Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen [NIP]). Sofia speaks fluent English and Italian.


Indicative prices:
These prices reflect the most regularly booked appointments; they do not include all the possible appointments and fees that may apply. During the intake we will discuss with you/your (child’s) needs and begin to form an individualized plan. Afterwards, we will send you a detailed treatment plan including the fees that apply.

We also offer student rates for people studying in university/college:

Our session rates include hourly direct time with you / your child, as well as time for preparations and keeping notes. We invoice monthly for the sessions and services you have made use of in that month.

Medical insurance
We have no contracts with health insurance companies or municipalities. You may wish to contact your international insurance provider, employer or municipality to see whether your sessions are covered by your insurance, their relocation packages or through a personal budget (PGB). We advise you to inquire about financial support before agreeing to the proposed plan.


“Sofia possesses a calmness and peace that allows those in her presence to find safety and rest”

“We have seen a big improvement in (our daughter’s) confidence and we are very grateful to you.”

“Sofia has a soft yet confident demeanour which puts you at ease”


Contact us for a free 15 minute telephone consultation to determine if we are a good fit for your support.

Nederlands Instituut van Psychologen