As an introduction I would like to divulge a bit about myself to you. I was born and raised in the Netherlands; a country you may know for its tulips, wooden shoes, windmills, and a guy that stuck his finger in the dyke to stop it from leaking. Or you may have heard of its liberal views on matters like abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage and legalized cannabis. While I’m certainly a product of this open minded culture, when I think of my home country, I think of the lakes where my dad taught me sailing, the vast network of bicycle lanes that connects each and every part of the country, and meeting friends over “koffie verkeerd” (café-au-lait) on a patio on one of the many picturesque squares or canals of downtown Amsterdam.
I’ve had a thirst for knowledge and personal growth for as long as I can remember. This has resulted in a never ending stream of studies, trainings and learning experiences; In my work as a health coach, I draw from 20+ years of study and experience in both conventional university studies (Physiotherapy, Naturopathic Medicine & Medical Anthropology), and experiential, embodied learning through Buddhist (Vipassana) silence retreats, yoga, ISTA (shamanic practices on sexuality and life force energy), tantra, and mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT).
I get excited when different worldviews (modern medicine and ancient wisdom) on health & wellbeing, arrive at the same conclusions and compliment each other beautifully. I love that moment where I can see a light switch on in my clients’ minds, when they too can comprehend the full picture – the why around their symptoms and my recommendations – which is often a requirement for people to fully embrace lifestyle changes.