- All our counsellors are Choose Again trained. This means that they have spent at least 2 years working at our residential centre in Costa Rica, practising this work 365 days a year. Each counsellor has come to this work as part of their own healing journey, so they have experienced first-hand the incredible transformation it brings, and they are here to help you experience the same transformation in your own life.
- Choose Again are proud to have truly international clientele, and we want to make sure we are here for you, no matter where you are! Technology allows us to offer one-on-one sessions via Skype. Online sessions prove to be just as effective as in-person sessions, and allow many to benefit from our work regardless of where they are in the world. See who offers online sessions below.
Diederik Wolsak RPC, MPCP
Diederik is the founder and program director of Choose Again. Diederik’s journey started in 1942 on the island of Java, Indonesia. He spent the first three years of his life in Japanese concentration camps. Many of his core beliefs were developed during that early, potentially traumatic phase. At age 8 he was sent to a foster home in Holland and by the time he rejoined his parents and brothers two years later he was filled with self-hatred and fear of the world around him. This self-hatred, fear and guilt translated into prolonged alcohol and drug abuse till finally at age 50 he reached that point where he realized that there had to be a better way or there would be no point in continuing. While his self-hatred drove him to be a successful businessman and international athlete, it allowed him little joy.
Following the fork in the road where something had to change, Diederik entered upon a spiritual path of deep healing. This path eventually led to a fulfilling career as counsellor in private practice. He is a masterful therapist. Every client recognizes immediately that they are being trained to become independent of their counsellor, that they are worthy of respect and that they have their own answers. Diederik is there to assist in finding and removing all blocks to happiness and peace in a most gentle and loving way. Clients also sense that Diederik has been in many of the dark places they see in themselves; he has personal knowledge of deep depression and substance abuse. He has personal experience of what they are going through and has largely transformed his life. However, he will be the first to tell you: “I am a work in progress.”
Diederik is the founder and program director of the Choose Again Attitudinal Healing Centre. He is the lead facilitator of both the Vancouver and Costa Rica arms of the organization. He is an international workshop leader, public speaker and relationship counsellor with years of experience in group facilitation.
Diederik is currently travelling, and if you would like to schedule a Skype Session with him, please contact him using the button below.
I first became involved with Choose Again in the beginning of 2012 in the aftermath of the suicide of my long term girlfriend and coinciding with a long pattern of self hatred, antisocial behavior, dysfunctional relationships and substance abuse. My day to day life had become unbearable and filled with feelings of despair and hopelessness. I knew very little of what was involved but was aware that a major change was both imperative and long overdue. In all honesty I was skeptical that any improvement would be possible but decided to investigate what was being offered.
The results were nearly immediate and surpassed any and all expectations. I was amazed by the effectiveness of the tools and teachings and began applying them to completely transform my self made identity. The result continues to be nothing short of remarkable and has completely transformed my life to one filled with joy and peace. When the opportunity to join the team in a leadership role was presented, I gladly accepted and embraced the opportunity with enthusiasm and gratitude. It has provided a daily environment in which to deepen my understanding and grow from each experience presented. It is my pleasure to share what I have learned and what it has meant in my life, the results speak for themselves and are available to anyone ready to make a real positive change.
During my childhood I developed the core belief that there is something fundamentally wrong with me. I was convinced that I have to be better than everybody to be lovable and worthy. Therefore, I tried hard to be liked by everybody and to always get the best results in school, at university, and my job. In truth I hated myself immensely and escaped through very self-destroying behaviors like alcohol, cigarettes, and bulimia to compensate. On top of my “successful” life of getting my university degree, having my own flat, a job, and a loving husband I fell into a deep depression and wanted to kill myself. Years of therapy and self-healing followed before I finally got involved with Choose Again in January 2014. Knowing that I have a choice, that it is up to me to be happy, was revolutionary for me. I also felt a high resistance against giving up my ego identity and my addiction to be a victim. Now after a year and half of intensive work on myself, I can only say: I love the Six Steps! I own my experiences 100 % and I am not a victim of the world anymore. What a freedom!
Together with Paul Panteleyev we facilitated the first Choose Again Workshop in Germany this year. I offer counselling in German, English, and Spanish and will continue to facilitate more workshops in Germany and Switzerland. I now realize that what I thought I was—was just a made up identity based on false beliefs. It is so great to know that I am the author of my experiences and that I can choose again in every moment between fear and love.
I am absolutely thrilled to help all who are willing to change. The shift I made is accessible to everybody and it is a gift to me to support others on their way.
Growing up in a suburb of Jerusalem, Israel, a part of me always knew that eternal happiness is mine to have.
It wasn't so clear, to begin with. Indeed, it took more than twenty years of relentless wandering, seeking, falling flat on my face and rising up again. But today I can say with certainty that my childhood intuition was correct; peace and happiness are always available to me if I choose them. This is the great lesson that I keep learning and sharing here at Choose Again.
Before joining Choose Again 2017, my professional and spiritual background included:
The study and practice of Buddhist insight meditation, in Thailand and Israel.
I have a bachelor degree in Philosophy from Tel Aviv Universality.
I was married and divorced (twice).
In 2008 I became introduced to the teachings of Advaita Vedanta. I met the British teacher Rupert Spira whose spiritual instructions and guidance provided the framework for my life, for the next four years.
But despite all the insights under my spiritual belt, my life was in many ways dysfunctional. I was carrying unprocessed childhood trauma that no yoga or meditation could dislodge. And so I decided to dive deeper into my mind.
In 2012 I left the life I had built in the UK to join the Sat Yoga Ashram community in Costa Rica. I lived with this visionary community for five years as a postulant monk.
There I was given the opportunity to study the insights of the great minds of western depth psychology (Jung and Lacan). I was able to undergo a course of psychoanalysis, with weekly sessions for almost five years. I could not wish for a better school in which to learn and explore the hidden labyrinths of the human soul.
I found Choose Again soon after my time at the Ashram came to its natural close. I initially joined as a volunteer, but it quickly became clear that I found a place in which to tie the loose ends that were left in all my years of study. At Choose Again I was finally able to get right to the core of the issues that were keeping me from resting in happiness.
As I write this, I feel very grateful for the humbling opportunity given me here. Here I get to remember again and again that abiding Happiness is mine to have. It's the most beautiful gift I could ever wish for.