I help other passionate academics walk their most inspired paths in and outside of the university world. I give them the tools and go on the barricades for them to dare dream, create, and reclaim.
I am a life and career coach certified by the International Coach Federation. My clients are academics of all ranks, as well as other passionate individuals wanting to make new strides in spheres they care about.
Some common situations I can help with:
you’re at a crossroad: you want to make the best choices
something just isn’t working: you want to identify what and how to change
there is a deeply meaningful project or next step you’ve been preparing for: you now want to see it through
An exploratory conversation with a 30-min free sample session is the best way to experience what it would be like to work with me. I also enjoy being a resource for others, so please connect with any and all queries. I would be delighted to hear from you!
About me as a coach
The freedom, the fun and the intellectual satisfaction I feel when doing research and teaching made me want to become an academic. I have studied and worked in different disciplinary and interdisciplinary university departments in the Netherlands, the UK, and Singapore.
It's been a great adventure and I have been successful in ways I did not expect - contributing in a deeply satisfying way to communities of practice and learning, and building a body of work I am proud of. I also faced many challenges along the way, including struggling to finish my thesis and not completing my tenure track. You can hear how coaching made a difference for me in the interview excerpts on this page.
My passion for coaching dates back as far as I can remember. It has taken on a more distinct shape in recent years. I trained with the Coaches Training Institute, known for its industry-leading standards of rigour and quality, and became a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) in May 2018. I am also a member of the International Coach Federation, and credentialled by this organization as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC).
I am not a career consultant who gives advice; as a Co-Active Coach, I support and champion people in finding their own way forward. Aside from academics and PhD students, I have coached professionals in the creative and tech industries as well as other coaches and consultants.
I coach both in person and via video or audio call.
For a visual expression of what I am about as a coach, check out the "magia" print by Spanish artist Eva Armisén - which also hangs in my home office.