Why do I do what I do?
It was 2008. I was working as an expat in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, living in a spacious apartment on the 7th floor, with a stunning view of the Congo River on one side, overlooking downtown Kinshasa on the other. In my job, I was respected by local civil servants as an international expert on Human Resources. I was earning more than ever before, had a driver and a full-time cleaner at my disposal. In the evenings and at weekends I dived into the bustling nightlife of Kinshasa with my expat friends.
Yet I was desperate. I had thought that this expat adventure would give new meaning to my life, but I never felt so stuck and lonely. In fact I had been running away. Away from a dysfunctional relationship, a career that no longer interested me.
Under the African sun, I started realising that I couldn’t run away from myself. Although I kept trying, by working hard and partying harder.
When the project that I was working for was axed, I suddenly found myself back in dark and rainy Brussels. It was at this low point in my life that I decided to get help. My coach confronted me - kindly, but clearly - with some things about myself that I'd always refused to see, and gradually a whole new set of possibilities started to unfold.
I subsequently left my secure job and became self-employed, doing what for me is truly meaningful: accompanying people on their journey of growth and self-development.
Psychologist & Coach
I have been coaching and supporting people for almost 20 years. First in an HR-role, and from 2010 as a self-employed psychologist, coach and mindfulness trainer. I have worked as an expat in Africa myself, and have been working with expats for years in my HR career, and in my coaching practice.
I myself am very curious and passionate about how the human mind works. My own personal development, both on an intellectual and broader human level is very important to me. I constantly keep myself up-to-date with developments in my field (psychology, mindfulness, coaching, …). I also find inspiration in more philosophical literature, history, art and culture.
I love the good life: travelling, good food, wine, classical music and jazz, … Thanks to a great personal trainer, I have changed from a couch potato into a physically very active person; I go running and work out at the gym very regularly. And I am now happily married – with the same partner I ran away from in 2008.