Combining systemic thinking and mindfulness in my work allows my coachees to be their own expert. I trust the knowledge and innate wisdom the coachees have and help to unfold and integrating this into their life.
Ayahuasca, Psylocibin, Bufo Alvarius, DMT, San Pedro, Kambo, Breathwork, Meditation
Systemic Coach, Couple & Family Therapist, Mindful Leadership Trainer, Breathwork Trainer, Hypnosis Coach
German, English, Dutch
For many years, working as a leadership coach and HR Development Specialist in the corporate world I thought it's impossible to combine my so-called second life of spirituality and self-development with the business world. Until I learned that it is possible. Even more than that, that it seems necessary, but in the right dosage.
My self-development path started around the age of 18 when I first got into contact with meditation. From there on I tried a lot, from Reiki to Theta Healing, from Yoga to Mindfulness. I followed many courses out of curiosity even though they had nothing to do with my work life. Piece by piece I was getting to know myself better and learning how to love all of my inner parts, shadows and lights, and the changes life brings.
I have an M.A. in Speech Communication and Rhetoric, I'm a Systemic Coach and Couple & Family Therapist, Train the Trainer Mindful Leadership, Breathwork Trainer, and Hypnosis Coach. Furthermore, I followed different courses in Psychedelic Integration, Power of Ceremony, and Shamanic Practices.
What I learned within the years: that even if at first sight it looks like my work as a Coach and Consultant had not much in common with my self-development path, it's me that builds the bridge between these worlds. And bit by bit I noticed that becoming more complete in my incompleteness made a big difference in how I worked with my clients.
Within the last years, I dove deeper into being a so-called psychonaut myself. What I found was more profound, more connecting with myself, others, and nature than anything I was able to see and learn before. The knowledge to be found in the altered states of consciousness, substance-induced or not, for me is something I would wish for everybody to be experienced.
After having tried MDMA many years ago, my first conscious contact with psychedelics started with the sacred plant medicine Ayahuasca. Followed by many well-led Ayahuasca retreats and later on, I got to know other plant medicines like mushrooms, Bufo Alvarius, San Pedro, DMT, and Kambo. With getting to know not only substance-induced altered states of consciousness but also through meditation and breathwork, I realized that very good preparation, careful guidance during the journey as well as a good and constant integration of all these experiences are more than necessary.
My call to offer Psychedelic Integration Coaching became stronger. I wanted to support people before and after their journeys into the altered states of consciousness. The combination of my previous professional education, as well as work experience and my own experience in different substance and non-substance induced journeys, turned out to be very helpful for my coaching clients.
Next to psychedelic integration coaching I offer retreats for executives, where we dive deep into leadership skills and personal development based on meditation, self-reflection, mindfulness practices, breathwork, and (legal) plant ceremonies.
I'm a member of the MIND Foundation and within this network, I'm part of the section called Coaching & Psychedelics, where we are a group of professionals working together to make Psychedelic Integration Coaching an ethically and professionally safe and reliable service.
Even though the integrations onsite within retreats can be for sure very helpful, the real challenge in my eyes begins when we go back to our “normal” life, where family, friends, and work did not change, but we feel much different. This might make us feel like aliens since oftentimes we can't talk about the things we got to know or saw with our loved ones and friends. It might feel that our point of view on the whole world has changed, our values may be changed and there is so much we would like to change from now on.
That is the point we as integration coaches help the coachee by listening, help to find the right words and the framing, and also help to implement changes in life at the right pace for the coachee.
Coming from a systemic point of view my coachee is the expert for him-/herself. I trust the knowledge and innate wisdom the coachee has.
Preparing for a psychedelic experience it's not only about finding an intention and being aware of possible contraindications, but also about the right preparation mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Regarding the integration, after the experience, I work with different techniques from systemic interventions, guided meditations, mindfulness practices, and breathwork, but also hypnosis and bodywork. For me, integration starts with remembering what has happened or what was revealed in the psychedelic experience.
We then bring it into the coachee's right context (or accept that some things are ineffable and have still an effect on an unconscious level) before working out which parts should be integrated and how this could work out.
I am open for 20 minutes consultation pre-call.