In a nutshell, I’m a native English psychologist and coach working outdoors in the nature area Meijendel, close to Wassenaar, The Hague and Leiden.
Three things have been pretty consistent throughout my lifetime: a warmth and caring for people, the search for meaning and purpose, and a great love of being in nature. I’m happiest when all three are combined, which of course is now the case in my work!
As a coach
When clients describe me, they often say that I am gentle, non-judgmental and strong. They feel accepted and challenged by me. My intuition and analytical skills bring clarity and movement to the situation, as life themes are quickly laid bare. I know when to confront and I know when to be quiet and let nature do her work. Which I mean literally: I have a great respect for the interplay of nature, elements, seasons and weather and how they bring ‘magic’ to a coaching session.
I grew up in the UK (1966), trained as a pharmacist, and moved to the Netherlands when I was 23 years old. Here I raised a family, worked, learnt fluent Dutch and became a psychologist (Leiden University). My first psychology job took me into work-related coaching and assessments and later I worked in a depression clinic. I trained as ‘wandelcoach’ (nature coach) at Atma Insitute and as an ACT-professional (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) with Gijs Jansen. I’ve have had my psychology practice since 2013, working both in Dutch and English.