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On a personal note

Born in the Netherlands (1960), a fairly adventurous youth saw me travel-work throughout Mediterranean Europe.

My journeys eventually brought me to South Africa in 1984, where several years later I began my career in the healthcare sector as a hospital nurse in Cape Town. After completion, in my wish to broaden my knowledge and experience in healthcare I worked for Weleda South Africa, learning about the proper use of homeopathic medicine, herbal remedies, and nutritional supplements.  

In 1994 I moved to the small village of McGregor in the countryside of the Western Cape, where between 1998 and 2008 I practiced for 10 years as the in-house therapist at Temenos Retreat Centre, combining that function with private care work.

In 2008, the deterioration of a spinal injury resulting from a much earlier MVA, caused sudden impairment and severe chronic pain, forcing me to abandon all my hands-on care work. This was a big crisis in my life, not in the least because of the lack of a clear future prognosis regarding my functioning. Some twelve years later, things have stabilised to the point where I am between 30 – 40 % physically impaired.

This was, by all means, a turning point in my life, offering what in coaching and counseling is referred to as a ‘defining moment’: a moment that asked me to redefine my life.

Having to redesign my life at age 49 as part of that existential challenge, I decided to bring my extensive health care experiences together as a coach and counselor. My journey of recovery and renewal ran parallel with my trainings, and in 2011 Heart and Soul Coaching was established.

Since then I have had the pleasure of coaching people in many areas of their lives, with specialised attention and care for those living with a chronic illness and/or disability.

I greatly enjoy expanding my therapeutic knowledge and skills with ongoing certified trainings

For several years now, Heart and Soul Coaching and Counseling has been assisting people through life-changing events. Through my own experiences and as a result of the wonderful people I have worked with, I have developed the conviction that we can recommit to our life, no matter the circumstances.


Certified Life Coach
New Insights™

Counseling Dip.
Blackford Institute UK

Counseling Dip.
Complementary Therapists Accreditation Association

Depression Counseling Advanced Level Dip.
Accredited by the International Association of Therapists.

Psychology of the Elderly & Gerontology Certificate
Accredited by the International Association of Therapists.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Certificate
Accredited by the International Association of Therapists.