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Hi There, a post about me!

I never really introduced myself in a blogpost. It was time to create a bio, worked a while on Canva (love that programme!), and I realised this is a great way to introduce myself. Not just that, to dive a bit deeper than the bio. Be prepared for this longer read!



Certified Hypnotherapist / Hypnotist

Well, I’m often asked “What is the difference between a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist”?

The short answer is "it depends".  At one time these may have meant different things but today they are basically interchangeable.  However, differing laws in each US state govern the titles that can or cannot legally be used by hypnotism professionals.

As I am based in Europe, I am allowed to use "Hypnotherapist", but as I work worldwide, it is easier -for legal reasons - to use "Hypnotist".


As a certified hypnotherapist/hypnotist, I help my clients take direction in their lives. Personal leadership, in other words. I guide my clients to find the root cause of their issues, destructive behaviour, negative thought patterns and overwhelming emotions. I assist them to let go of those blocking and limiting beliefs. Imagine the freedom they will experience!


You do what you have to do when you don´t feel well and try to understand yourself.

Personal Leadership

Taking leadership is something I have done as well. In my mid 30s I had a burn-out. A bad one. I sought help, changed my life and career. I decided to retrain myself: to become a therapist. I work with the subconscious mind. That´s where, in my humble opinion, the real change and transformation begins. I have had talk therapy, psychotherapy, family constellation therapy, systematic coach therapy, leadership journeys, healing and energy work, EMDR and hypnotherapy. And I realised that the subconscious mind was the way to deal with my problems. I´m smart enough to find the right words, to understand where behaviour comes from, but I couldn´t connect with my feelings. All the conscious work wasn´t my cup of tea. I started to heal when I started working with the subconscious mind. That was truly #mindblowing.


Education

Having experienced hypnotherapy first handed, just one session provided so many insights, more than 2 months of talking to a psychologist, I immediately knew I wanted to become a therapist using hypnosis. I decided to study Rapid Transformational Therapy® (RTT) by Marisa Peer. RTT® is a highly effective combination of Hypnosis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neurolinguistic Programming, Psychotherapy, Mindfulness and Inner Child Work. It´s like a root canal treatment. You drill down the old rotten root, you take it out, you fill the gap with love, positivity, all in 1 session (2 hours). Rapid Change and Transformation.


I also studied Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT tapping). Whilst addressing one´s issue, the emotions and the situation, you tap on pressure points on your hand, face and torso. It´s really quick, it breaks the connection between a situation and the emotions involved. It´s a bit like EMDR.


On my quest for the right career I went to Thailand approximately 15 years ago, to study Thai Massage Therapy (having had studied Sports Massage a long time ago). Really wonderful, but not what I was looking for either. Needless to say that I had a great time those weeks, daily massages (no happy endings, that´s no Thai massage !!).


For the more business part: I have a Bachelor in Business Administration (Management, Economics & Law). I was good at the Management and Law part, but sucked at Economics!


Who am I

I was born and raised in The Netherlands, a tiny country in Europe. I´m Dutch, I love cheese, and yes, I do have wooden clogs, for gardening, but that´s normal footwear in NL. I also have Indonesian roots. And those roots are one of the reasons that vicarious and generational trauma is so appealing to me. Spain is where I live as I fell in love with a Spanish guy.

I am caring, authentic, practical, pragmatic. I see things from both sides, and have a wicked sense of humour. This humour got me into trouble and out of trouble, many times.


Passions

You do what you have to do when you don´t feel well and try to understand yourself. One of the most important things I did was to identify my passions. It helped me find my purpose in live and I use these passions as a guidance too. Whatever job have, it needs to meet at least 3, preferably 4 of my passions.


My passions are:

  • Food.

  • Cultures.

  • Traveling.

  • Widening other people’s worlds.

  • Creating a better world for myself and others.

  • And having fun what I´m doing.

So, how would this work in real life? Let´s say that I´m asked to teach English. I´m not a teacher, let alone an English teacher, even though my English is at C2 level. But I did teach English here in Madrid, Spain. Just not to regular students. I taught (and at times still do) teach English to the staff of Michelin star restaurants. It ticked the boxes of food, cultures, widening other people´s worlds, creating a better world (the staff was struggling to understand the guests) and having fun.


Work

If you head to my LinkedIn you will notice that I do quite some different things. And have done even more. I have a background in event and project management. I know a lot about VIP hospitality and the corporate world. I feel comfortable in these worlds, but I feel comfortable almost everywhere.

There is light and dark. I enjoy to work alone, but I also need to work together with other people. It all comes down to balance.

  • I combine working as a therapist with organising spiritual retreats, because working as a therapist can be lonely at times, and the spiritual retreats is a great way to work together with other healers.

  • I work as a freelance Event Planner to meet people from all over the world and to get to know different companies and industries.

  • I write cookbooks for youngsters because I´m passionate about teaching younger people how to prepare food from scratch and how food actually tastes.


You might think that I´m all over the place, but these 3-4 careers are actually fully thought through. It works for me. It meets my passions. It keeps me sane, healthy and happy. It nourishes my soul.

I am very much looking forward to meeting you!







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