Hey! I am Jellis Vaes, a licensed trauma therapist, adventurer, and CEO/founder of The IPS Project, an educational platform on life.
The platform was formed out of my struggles with my own demons—loneliness and suicidal thoughts. In essence, I have created a platform I wish had existed when I was struggling with my problems.
On The IPS Project, you can find practical articles, online courses, events, a regular podcast, and other sources of knowledge about life topics such as mental health, relationships, the workings of the mind, etc.—topics most of us learn little to nothing about while growing up.
If you’d like to read the more in-depth story of why I created The IPS Project, have a look at the ABOUT page.
When I am not holding therapy sessions or working on The IPS Project, you’ll likely find me out in the mountains or traveling somewhere with my camera in hand. I am an avid adventurer firmly into alpinism, and a passionate travel & adventure photographer/videographer.
I have built The IPS Project as a platform to help people find answers, truths, and a better understanding of themselves and this world. As the founder of Inner Picture Stories (IPS), I have interviewed countless experts on various mental health topics for my podcasts. However, none of this content can ever truly be customized to your particular life situation. Therefore, I also offer therapy and coaching as an extra layer of support to anyone who needs it.
Using the knowledge I have gained from studying psychology and from working as a licensed trauma therapist, I offer one-on-one therapy and coaching. Possibly even more profound is my empathy and understanding of similar situations, as I personally suffered in the past from suicidal thoughts and depression for six years and then completely turned my life around—far from hating it, I am now loving the life I have.
Together with the skillset and knowledge I have cultivated over the years from my studies and my personal and professional experiences, I can help you with the following:
If you are interested to explore therapy and coaching with me, you can schedule a free 35-minute call where you can ask me any questions you may have and where I would have a chance to assess what it is you want to work on. From there, we can plan our first session.
The therapy/coaching is done virtually through Zoom and can be either audio-only, if you are more comfortable with that, or video and audio.
Single sessions are, as the name states, a single session where you can pick my brain. These are great if you want to ask for advice about a certain problem you are struggling with or asking for someone else.
Ongoing sessions are always recommended if you are looking to truly work on a problem or find a solution for something you are struggling with.
The therapy I primarily use is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on their behavior and emotions. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based therapy. Evidence-based means that you can track the effectiveness of the therapy and that it has proven results.
I require 48 hours’ notice to cancel or re-schedule your appointment. Please note that late cancellations will still be charged in full. Thank you.
Payment is due on or before the session. You can pay either through online banking or PayPal.
Working one-on-one is personal. While we will get to know each other better during the course of our sessions, I understand that it can be more comfortable if you got to know more about me first to see if I am someone you would want as a therapist/coach.
A great way to know about who I am would be to listen to the podcast I host here on The IPS Project.
This is the podcast of The IPS Project where I interview a variety of experts from all walks of life. Here are a couple of good episodes to start with: