Frequently Asked Questions

Who is coaching for?
Coaching is for psychologically healthy people who want to improve their personal effectiveness, to increase their success and to develop themselves.

What is the result when I have been to you?
If you have completed your coaching process, you have obviously achieved your goal. In addition, because of what you have experienced in the process, it should be easier for you to recognize and determine the role you play in different situations. You can realistically look at yourself and others, and it has become easier to concentrate on what actually works and brings you closer to your goal.

What can I expect from you?
A partner that offers you structure, professionalism, respect, integrity, trust, sincerity, authenticity, unconditional positive regard (UPR) and empathy.

What are your values as a coach?
As a coach I am loyal to the Ethical Conduct Code of the Dutch Association of Professional Coaches (NOBCO), and the Code of Ethics of the International Coach Federation (ICF). They translate the norms and values that I find essential for my professional work as a coach.

What is your specialty?
Because my personal history and experience, as well as affinity, I function better in environments of business, executive and life coaching.

What is the difference between a directive and a nondirective coach?
A directive coach believes he can best help his client by giving advice, sharing his expertise and his vision, observation, feedback and correction. For him, the best way to help to tell exactly what someone else should do.

A nondirective coach believes can best help his clients when he asks questions that encourage them to think, reflect, explore and learn from their experiences. For him, the best way to help clients is to create an environment where they learn to help themselves.

While many people would without difficulties call a directive coach an advisor or consultant, there is still no common agreement in the definitions of coaching that allows one to say that a directive approach to coaching may not be called coaching.

What are the pillars of your practice?
The most important movements, theories and ideas influencing the way I coach are the Third Force Psychology of Carl R. Rogers and Abraham H. Maslow, the Socratic Questioning, REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy), RFT (Relational Frame Theory), Contextual Psychology, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Gestalt, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Martin Seligman's and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's Positive Psychology, The Mindset Study by Carol S. Dweck, Social Psychology, Sports Psychology, Systems Thinking, Organizational Theory, Leader Development and Leadership Development.

How long have you been working as a coach?
I have been working as an executive, business and life coach since May 2009. My experiences as an English-speaking sparring partner (8 years) in Brazil and as a leader in the Netherlands prove to be very valuable and give my coaching career a solid foundation.

Have you had any training? Which ones?
I have followed the course Professional Coaching at the Coaching Academy International in Naarden, the Netherlands, from October 2008 to September 2010.

In October 2011 I started the Post-Graduate Programme in Executive Coaching at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, led by Prof. Dr. Erik de Haan and Prof. Dr. Yvonne Burger. This programme is part of the Masters (MSc) in Executive Coaching at the Ashridge Business School in England.

With which problems can you not help me?
You cannot count on me when facing the serious mental disorders listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (e.g., depression, paranoia, schizophrenia or borderline). If during our intake I conclude that you are looking for someone who can help you to work the past out, I will also refer you to an appropriate professional.

How long does it take?
It depends. During the intake interview, I ask my clients when they want to have reached their goal and we keep that in mind. Personal issues in a business or life coaching context require more time (on average 6 months) and often grow themselves into long lasting relationships. Clients with more objective business questions can sometimes find their answers in one single session.

Can I ask for reimbursement by my Health Insurance Company?
Normally, the coaching costs are not reimbursed by health insurers in The Netherlands, but do check it with your health insurance company. If you live in the Netherlands, it's also helpful to contact your tax adviser or the National Tax Agency (Belastingdienst), since, in some cases, coaching costs can be eligible for tax deduction.

If you are an international client, keep in mind that different rules and laws apply in different countries.

Do you have a coach yourself?
I have a supervisor. Her name is Carine Metselaar, supervisor at the Post-Graduate Programme in Executive Coaching at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.