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 can happen when you have the courage to seek guidance. I’ve personally had career coaching twice and found it immensely beneficial each time. I’m someone with a wide range of interests and a need for variety. Additionally, I’m both a thinker and a feeler, which can sometimes create inner turmoil. My own career coaching journey provided me with much-needed “subtitles” – clarity and lucidity amidst the emotional chaos. I don’t quite believe in the notion of being ‘in balance,’ as it seems rather static and somewhat utopian to me. However, I wholeheartedly believe in ‘learning to balance in life’, with all its quirks and challenges. I learned to understand myself, to recognize what I needed and what I didn’t.

My coaching style? Someone recently told me that I’m both ‘encouraging’ and ‘inspiring’: on one hand, I provide support and space to navigate difficulties, and on the other hand, I empower people, urging them into action. It’s important to me to blend these two aspects. I also value humor in coaching. It doesn’t diminish the weight of the issues people sometimes bring, but it can infuse conversations with lightness, relaxation, and a pleasant dynamic.

Coaching, for me, is about showing people the full spectrum of choices. How do you handle situations, and how do you respond in specific circumstances? By getting to know yourself better, you suddenly see a multitude of options available. Career coaching, in my view, operates on both an individual level – examining what’s important to you in a job, what steps you want to take, and what pitfalls to avoid – and on an organizational level – considering the values you hold dear and the elements that must be present in a job for you to feel fulfilled.


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 …


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 …


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