I am a dedicated, open and energetic professional. I provide a safe environment, that allows my clients the space to work in a focused manner and challenged to meet their goals. Clients refer to me as warm, driven and thorough. Additionally, I am considered engaging and as working with humour and relativism. I focus on activation and further development of my clients’ existing resources. I create the dynamics to enable sustainable change. My ambition is that clients experience freedom of choice and sense of connection, to help them live a motivated life and to get the most out of themselves.
After secondary school, I worked for two years in England, amongst other jobs as an auxiliary nurse in a psychiatric clinic. It motivated me to work with people and made me wanting to understand more about how mental wellbeing works.
I attained my MSc in Educational Science (Amsterdam University) in 1987. During its main internship, I worked as a social worker in an adult psychiatric acute care unit.
For 17 years I worked as a company counsellor for a big, international Banking & Insurance Company, developing profound knowledge about psycho-social stress in the working environment.
Since 2012 I work as a private practitioner, first in Amsterdam and, since 2017, also in Glasgow. Since 2013 I am a fully qualified Human Givens coach, counsellor and therapist, working for businesses, not-for-profit organisations and individuals. I like to work with organisations that acknowledge the importance of ongoing, education, personally and professionally. I am a e-coach for an online soft skill learning platform and work both face to face and online with clients.
In 2019 I started as a part-time Human Givens therapist at The Prince's Trust in Glasgow (via the Mindset charity). I am supporting young people to understand and take control of their own needs and wellbeing and by doing so, help them move forward.
I have a Dutch equivalent to the DBS disclosure.
Member of the Human Givens Nederland
Member of Dutch Professional Group for Social Work, BPSW