Roelofs worked many years in the
Dutch mental health care, as scientific researcher, psychotherapist and department manager. In
her dissertation she proved that panic disorders can be a cause as
well as a (biochemical) result of excessive alcohol use.
is also a painter, educated at the Dutch State Academy of Arts
(Rijksakademie) in Amsterdam.
now she published five non
fiction books, four of
are illustrated by her
paintings are exhibited in venues such as
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam,
the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and
the National War and Resistance Museum Overloon, the Netherlands
IS CRAZY, ACTUALLY? about the mental health care(2008,
text in Dutch)
mental health care is Saar roelofs' credo as a psychologist.
It shows that the boundaries between "healthy" and
"ill" are not as sharp as one often supposes in the
mental health care. The book comments on the current
diagnostics, shows that the treatment can derail by unsolved
emotional problemes of the therapist and shows that people in
psycological disstress are able to tap into unsuspected inner
sources. Richly illustrated with examples from the therapeutic
practice and referrals to the visual arts, world literature
and music. With cartoons by te author.
of Who is crazy, actually?:
eye-opener for both therapists and patients about important
issues." (National Public Library)
Roelofs shares with the well known psychiatrist and
writer Irvin D. Yalom sincerity, commitment
and respect for the experiences of the patient." (Dutch
Foundation of Confidants in the Health Care)
"A thorough reflection on what happens between the walls of the
consulting room (Zinweb - Dutch internet book magazine) "
recommendend" (Dutch Client Counsel)
With funny cartoons." (Dutch client website)
Do Not Disturb
is a critical reflection
on the Dutch outpatient mental health centers
based on the
professional literature, dossier research and own observations.
the bureaucracy and issues concerning the patient-therapist
relationship such as careless psychiatric
diagnoses and the therapists
use his own preferred treatment methods at the expense of the patients
points out how the daily routine could change for the better.
Do not disturb
ends with a description of the
developments in the mental health care after the Bijlmer Disaster (see
Racial discrimination after the Bijlmer
book is interlaced with cartoons and passages from the world
of Do not disturb:
Saar Roelofs describes the mental health care on the basis of examples
from the daily practice in a playful and humorous way.” (Dutch
national tv, current affairs programme: Een Vandaag)
"Criticism applying to all kinds of professional health care
organizations. The book discusses in fact the arrogance and
opportunism of therapists and organizations.' (Journal of
“An eye opener for anybody
who works in the (mental) health care.” (Modern Medicine)
Dutch) describes the life stories of two Auschwitz survivors. The
following questions are raised:
did they cope with their camp experiences? How are they looking back on these events after so many years?
How are they evaluating those events in relation to
other far reachting life events?
"Totally different from other
eyewitness reports of the Second World War. Saar Roelofs is an
excellent writer." (Dutch
national radio, VPRO).
much expressiveness." (National Public Library)
"Much attention for the psychological consequences of an
unhappy childhood and war experiences"
contribution to the existing literature about this subject." (New Israelite Magazine,
Saar Roelofs shows a.o. that youth trauma's can
prevent the integration of war trauma's." (Readers review on
bol.com = Dutch equivalent of amazon.com)
(text in Dutch) contains stories of eleven people who
changed the course of their life's in a positive direction after
a personal crisis or a series of far reaching life events. The
misfortune varies from the dead of a child and the loss of a job till
a destructive relationship and imprisonment in nazi concentration camps.
of Turnig point:
“An accessible writing
Food for thought.”
inspiring book." (public press)
series of remarkable interviews." (professional journal