Daring to leap, with enthusiasm!


Coaching is my second career. Prior to that, I was a physicist and worked in marketing for a publicly traded American company. I enjoyed my job immensely, but I tend to give it my all, and in 2015, I hit a wall and was on the brink of a burnout. That’s when I decided to seek the guidance of a coach: What should I do for the rest of my career? Something similar or something entirely different? What truly excites me? I discovered that I was most passionate about connecting with other people, achieving things with my own team, and helping people grow. I found it fascinating to see how my coach approached it with me and how he could trigger me. Gradually, I realized: I want to do that too! I’ve now been a career coach for 6 years and have never looked back.

My own style? I aim for a blend of seriousness and lightheartedness. We have meaningful conversations, but we also laugh and put things into perspective. Inspiring coaching at Captain&Stoker aligns perfectly with my approach. Even when we delve into deeper topics, we don’t rely on grand or lofty models. A simple, good conversation can work wonders.

My motto is ‘daring to leap.’ Often, the most challenging part is taking action, leaving behind the status quo, and daring to approach things differently. I want to help you identify your talents and what you truly desire. I provide customized and thorough guidance, not just a questionnaire to fill out and interpret the results. If everything looks good on paper but you’re still sighing, we’re not there yet. And I strive for practical results. The end of our conversations is just the beginning: what really matters is how you can put what you’ve learned into action afterwards. Dare to take control of your career. Dare to explore what you want and then figure out how it can realistically be achieved.


No-frills conversations

In my career, everything went smoothly for quite some time. A nice trajectory with interesting offers, successful job …


A support and push at the same time

After 5 years of working, I reached out to a coach through VDAB. I was stuck. I felt reluctant to go to work …


Exploring a range of possibilities

In my own career, I often turned to coaching myself. The common thread running through these conversations …


Supporter of people

Some years ago, I turned to career guidance with Captain & Stoker, because I was curious about what I still wanted to achieve professionally. I had a fun job …


Working with what the coachee brings to the table

Some years ago, I turned to career coaching myself, initially not to change jobs – I enjoyed working as a coordinator of a crisis team …


Peeling back the layers with care

During the first few years of my career, I found myself navigating rather blindly. I did my best, very much so, but I lacked feedback or a mirror. I kept going and worked in teams …


Our professional facilitator

Birte Kooken is our final team member. As a professional facilitator and coach, she helps us brainstorm about the direction in which we cycle, our approach, and …


Pausing Together to Move Forward

I am a trained psychologist, and my career began as a trainer and facilitator in areas such as assertiveness, competency development, communication skills, leadership, …


Empathetic, powerful, and with a touch of humor

With a background in social work and a long-term tenure at VDAB – where my passion laid in guiding job seekers – I eventually found myself in the world of coaching …


Learning to Balance in Life

The coaching bug got to me when I completed the Inspiring Coaching course and discovered the value of coaching firsthand as a coachee. Truly remarkable things …


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