About me professionally
About me personally
In my early 20’s I went to India for several months because I couldn’t think of a culture that was more different from the Netherlands where I grew up. Of course I now realize it was only one of many options I could have chosen. [Read more]
About me professionally
For 15 years I worked as a psychologist in various clinical settings (hospital, mental health, private practice, rehabilitation) and in education (international schools, mainstream and special education). My clients were adults, children, parents, families, partners, teachers, teams and employees. I also provided training and supervision within and outside the various organizations where I worked. I loved my job, especially the clients I worked with, and I always felt privileged to be invited into their lives, to share a part of their journey and to hopefully contribute in a positive way.
In 2017 I plotted a new course and started my own coaching and training business. To my coaching practice I bring my professional experience as a psychologist and training as a coach, as well as my personal experience of relocating, settling, returning and relocating again. So I really know what it takes to find and make a success of your life abroad.
As well as coaching, I also design and deliver training on various aspects of communication, leadership and personal growth and development. For this, I often work in partnership other organisations – such as Loopbaangroep (Career Learning Group) a leading educator in career competencies in the Netherlands (www.loopbaangroep.nl) and The Hive, which offers consultancy and training programmes in organizational change and transformation (www.consultthehive.com)
How I work
I am familiar with different coaching modalities, but I prefer to work with the principles and tools of solution-focused coaching, as it is practical and positive. (It’s based on Solution Focused Brief Therapy, wiki-link here). This means I help my clients to clarify their goals, or what their desired future looks like. We then focus on what is possible, what my clients’ strengths are, and how to best use these to pursue the direction they wish to go.
I use other approaches as necessary, so if my client benefits from using a more creative approach, or needs work on a deeper level to examine ways of thinking, or uncovering underlying patterns that may have been useful once but no longer serve, that is what we’ll do.
I am goal-oriented, practical, resourceful, honest and I don’t beat around the bush; I will ask difficult questions if necessary to help my clients move past what is holding them back. I am also empathetic and aware they will need to feel supported to do so. Of course, I keep up to date on the latest developments in psychology and coaching of international families, global citizens, digital nomads, expatriates and whatever else we call ourselves.
I am currently based in France but happy to work online in every different time zone. For more information on how I can work with you and my price guide, click the button below to book a free 30 minute, no obligation free consultation with me.
About me personally
In my early 20’s I went to India for several months because I couldn’t think of a culture that was more different from the Netherlands, where I grew up. I now realize it was only one of many options I could have chosen, but in some ways India has remained my first love – oh the food…
From then on, I traveled whenever I could – preferably for as long and as far away as possible.
I fell in love with an Englishman on a paradise beach and he turned out to be a particularly good fit even without the palm trees. He relocated to the Netherlands and, after a year or so, we moved to New Zealand together. Mostly because of, well, New Zealand. And also because it was good to live in neutral territory – we were both “foreigners” there, which changed the cultural dynamic in our relationship.
Fast forward 6 years, more travels, two renovations and a baby: Another relocation, back to the Netherlands this time. It was always meant to be a kind of stopover while we figured out the next move. And then another baby arrived, work was good, it was nice to be ‘home’, we found a great house (another renovation) and well, you know, life. Nice house, nice kids, a nice town, friends and family close by (everyone seems close by when you come back from New Zealand).
And then we found that conversations became more and more about how, where, and why to move again. Every holiday became exploratory, a reconnaissance mission, trying to see ourselves living in different countries in Europe. Maybe Germany? What about Portugal? Could we really see ourselves living through Scandinavian winters?
Eventually it became obvious we were going to relocate again. The list of countries shortened as decisions were made, and ideas crystalised into plots and plans. In 2019 we relocated to France with our daughters, who were then aged 7 and 9.
And here we are, building another new life. Between us we work in France, the Netherlands, occasionally in the UK and elsewhere, and across the world using most videolink options known to man. We planted a vegetable garden and over a hundred trees, there’s some chickens, pigs and a sheep or two and many excursions into woods, fields, and playing in riverbeds and streams. We have tri-lingual children, a dog and a lot of energy and plans.
Life is Beautiful.
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