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 in the cultural sector, but sometimes wondered what else was out there. I liked having someone encourage and stimulate me to take action. During the sessions with my coach, I discovered: “What YOU are doing, I want that too!” I really love listening to people. I already did so back in the youth club as a leader and group leader, and with friends. I’ve always loved those encouraging conversations. I often hear that people quickly feel at ease with me. After my own coaching trajectory, I enrolled in the postgraduate program ‘Inspirational Coaching’, and now I am a self-employed coach as a secondary occupation. I combine that with a communications job with the city of Antwerp.

As a coach, I want to bring fresh air in my coachees’ minds. I truly believe that when you take the time for what you find important, you also grow as a person. Your thoughts get more space, so that new insights and ideas take shape. I help coachees find what gives them energy and what motivates them to make choices and take action. I help them get a clear view of themselves and their desires. They determine the direction and I encourage them.

Do they feel a bit down or are they looking for a change? I provide support in those situations, too. I listen to their stories, worries, and wishes, and together we search for answers that are suitable and that help. I inspire, challenge, and set in motion. My coachees determine their own pace and the next step. I encourage them, and try to do so gently, but to the point and with humor. That’s how I like to give that extra push on the way to an inspiring change process.


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 …


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 …


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…


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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