My career in the healing arts started off while I was working as international human rights advocate in the UK, Peru and India.
I went on to study shiatsu, EFT, macrobiotics and systemic coaching in the UK, Belgium and Germany.
I now live in Brussels where I work as coach, integrative health counsellor and shiatsu practitioner. Next to that I give workshops in EFT, Shiatsu, burnout prevention, stress management and deep ecology across Europe.
I grew up in an international environment set in the European institutions and initially followed my “given” path to study politics and law. It seemed to be a normal and natural choice in line with the family tradition.
While I have no regrets to have worked in the field of international politics, something always felt “off” during that time. I was more interested in my colleagues’ well being than the day to day business. I wasn’t thriving. I didn’t feel like I had arrived.
Because of the workload I was under, as well as multiple demands life made upon me, I suffered a burnout. This pushed me to reconsider the changes I had made in my life, as well as opening up a new world to me.
I had come across shiatsu, the ancient Japanese healing practice. I went on to study it professionally and then soon came to understand that my life and passion lie in the healing arts. The burnout was- in a way- a helping hand pushing me into the right direction. Since then I have incessantly studied all aspects of human health.
I know what it means to make a profound career change and how to make it work.
This change has given me the insight into how to feel safe in times of change. It has shown me what it means to have arrived.
When I work with my clients I am where I need to be.
I have found the place where I can truly help and make a difference.
As a practitioner, I combine dietary, physiological and life style recommendations with modern coaching techniques and healing touch through shiatsu. With these three pillars I create a uniquely integrative holistic approach that addresses the full spectrum of your emotional and physical well-being.
At a glance:
-2002 BA International Relations and Spanish, University of Sussex, UK
-2005 MA International and Comparative Legal Studies, SOAS, UK
-2006 Completion of three year Shiatsu course, Devon, UK
-2000-2007 Advocacy in the international environmental sector (India, Peru, D, B, UK)
-2007- 2011 Macrobiotic life counseling course, East West Center, Belgium
-2007-2011 Shiatsu & EFT practice and teacher Brussels
-2011 Burnout- prevention training European Commission, Brussels
-2012 Work-study in eco-villages Canada, US and Europe
-2012 Deep Ecology training (work that reconnects) with Joanna Macy, US
-2012-13 Systemic Life Coaching training course, Berlin, certified by European Coaching Association, Germany
-2015-2016 Health conferences and burn out prevention, European Commission
-2015 Elected as European representative of the Belgian Shiatsu Federation
-2016 Elected as Vice President of the European Shiatsu Federation
Ongoing- Health and Life Coach, Speaker/ Nutritional Coaching, EFT and Shiatsu practice in Brussels
Languages: English, German, French, Spanish and Dutch