ABOUT ME

I'm so glad you're here

I’m a human just like you, and I’m passionate about teaching people how they can lead more fulfilling, enriched and well-integrated lives. My work is centred around using natural and accessible strategies to enhance quality of life. I focus on giving you the tools you need so you don't need to rely on me in the longer term. The way I work with my clients is underpinned by compassion and curiosity. All judgements are left at the door, so that you get to experience showing up in your truth. 

If you've reached my site, you are likely looking to do some deeper work. I work with people from diverse backgrounds to help them reach the next level through identifying barriers and shifting them at the root cause level. Those barriers may be mental ones or physical ones, it doesn't really matter. My specialities lie in assisting people with improving confidence, easing anxiety and depression and seeking freedom from addictive behaviours. If you're in doubt as to whether I can help you, please book a time to chat.

As well as a chartered accountant, I’m also a clinical hypnotherapist, master coach, and student of somatic healing and integrative health. I'm passionate about understanding human behaviour and using this to optimise performance and enhance enjoyment and quality of life.

A short background

A chartered accountant by trade, I spent my professional career until mid-2019 providing financial due diligence services to large clients undertaking mergers and acquisitions processes. I worked for two global consultancy firms and across two continents over this period. My pivot into coaching, hypnotherapy and holistic business consultancy services was driven by the personal challenges I experienced as a finance professional. During this time, I realised how important it was to manage health in order to thrive in all areas of life, not just work.

After a deep and long exploration of my internal drivers, I uncovered what it was that compromised my ability to feel like I could continue as a top performer in my field. Once I got to the bottom of it, I felt this message was far too important to keep to myself. I decided to make a big shift in my professional career and direct my work toward facilitating others in creating fulfilling and well-integrated lives while enjoying success in a professional context as well.

 

Always a student of the work, I continue to expand my knowledge across many areas of health and personal development including NLP, somatic release, trauma release, Internal Family Systems, breath work, cold exposure, integrative health and much more. I am a trauma informed coach (Elementum Coaching Institute 2021), formally trained in Rapid Transformational Therapy (2018) and have studied along side pioneers in the natural health space such as Dr Stephen Cabral and Wim Hof (AKA 'The Iceman').

Accreditation and memberships

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Rapid Transformational Therapist

Personally trained by Marisa Peer, award winning therapist and founder of Rapid Transformational Therapy

 

Accredited as an RTT Therapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist by the Marisa Peer School

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Member Collectief Alternatief Therapeuten

Formally recognised by the Association of Alternative Therapists in the Netherlands

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Member Geschillen Alternative Therapeuten

Member of external disputes resolution body

 

Required by regulation in the Netherlands to maintain quality of care and ensure proper handling of client complaints

My story - the longer version

How unmet needs can derail a career or ignite a vision

 

I was a top performer, obtaining 4-5 star ratings for every project I executed and progressing quickly up the career ladder, a project manager in less than 5 years after leaving university. Clients appreciated working with me because of my unique mix of kindness, diligence and no-nonsense. Colleagues enjoyed working with me because I brought broad set of technical skills to the table and I was passionate about creating positive learning environments for others. I always went the extra mile to deliver a product that was valuable in terms of content and looked the part too. 

When I joined my first professional firm, their tagline at the time was "Quality in everything we do." This was certainly in alignment with my internal tagline: "Perfection in everything I do." My intense desire to achieve perfection in each and every undertaking served me well in the first years of my career as it accelerated my growth and allowed for me to gain early success and opened up the opportunity to move from my native Australia to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where I planned to continue my career in a new economic and social environment. 

It was not long before the cracks started to appear. Still very much successful and continuing to inspire others on the outside. Struggling on the inside. Demands on my time led to me being unable to fulfil my desire to deliver perfection, to please everyone around me and never fail... unless I stayed at the office through the night and sacrificed other parts of my life. So of course - that's exactly what I did. I quit running, I stopped putting energy into my relationships and I kept delivering by cutting my nightly sleep duration to somewhere between 4-5 hours. Why? Because without receiving those top performance ratings, the appreciation and acknowledgement from my colleagues and delivering great work, I thought I'd be no one. 

Overcome by fatigue, depression and other health-related issues, my 9-month downward spiral led me to resigning from my job. The ultimate act of self-betrayal, as I attributed the experience I had to my external environment, without giving much thought to the internal one I was maintaining. "A different working culture will fix it", I foolishly thought. As you can guess, I brought my old motivations to my new job and I struggled against many of the same issues. Though in this new environment, I forged some strong early connections with people who managed to call out my BS before it got too out of hand.

 

This triggered me to do the deep work and revisit my own internal motivations. What I discovered when I looked back at my life and all the events passed, was that I was still seeking to fulfil unmet needs I had as a child. It was a tough journey to travel from this place of not-enoughness and into the place I get to inhabit today - a place of having a strong belief in my own worthiness and knowing that it's not what I produce that defines me, but the essence with which I show up in life. 

Like dental hygiene, mental hygiene is not a one-and-done thing. What I have learned throughout my own process is that the most important part of "doing the work", is continuing to "do the work." I.e. embodiment. This is something I am consistently working on for myself as a living example, and continue to teach my clients so that they can become their own best coach.

If something I have shared in my story connects with you and you'd like to explore the possibilities of working together, please go ahead and book a time in my agenda - I'd love to hear your story too!