Background

Kirsten Coaching & Training is based in The Hague and started from the idea that prevention of mental complaints / disorders is better than curing them. ‘I have noticed in my work as a psychologist that I wanted to contribute to this way of prevention by providing questions and tools that you were not being asked or (properly) taught while growing up. We will take a look at how you can use these tools and integrate them into your daily life. I would be happy to guide you through the issues you encounter. I will help you to look within / to get to the core of your ‘favourite problems’ instead of focusing on the outside world and the situation in which you are in. I believe the answer is already within you. We will discover what a balanced life means to you, by becoming your own strength and by discovering your needs and values’. Based on my personal experiences I focus on three subjects in particular, which also have a certain interconnection: English

Lifestyle
Questions related to nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep, relaxation and hydration. If the basic / primary needs in life are balanced out, then we can build on to that foundation. Do you need help adopting an healthy lifestyle that suits you? Step by step we will work towards a new sustainable routine based on you as an individual. In my work I do not work with restrictions in behaviour. We will work on gaining self worth and self love, with the consequence that you make conscious decisions in behaviour.

Self-image
A perception we have of ourselves that is subjective to change. Self-awareness, self-confidence, identity and the ego are all important here. Something we do not learn as a trade at school, but this is crucial to be able to perform without having to wear a mask. How do you see yourself? Is this image similar to how others see you? Is this image related to what others expect from you? Who is the real you? Is that who you would like to be? Are you negative about yourself? Do you feel upset about feedback or comments about you? Do you have this feeling that you are never (doing) good enough? What we pay attention to does grow, as does a positive self-image.

Performance
We can perform in many areas: sports, work, study, health, raising a family, within social relationships and love relationships… Maybe you know the feeling of pressure to perform or the fear of failure and standing still? In addition, you may be having trouble to keep all the balls up in the air and perform in different areas, because you do not know how to combine them. You might know that you got more than it takes, but meanwhile you are not performing at your desired level. Lack of perspective, goals, discipline, future perspective or intrinsic motivation could be causes whereby things are not working out the way you want it. English

Coaching forms

First we will have a free introduction to get to know each other better without any obligation. When there is a mutual click and expectations have been expressed, I will mention an estimation of the number of sessions needed and we will plan the first individual coaching session. These can take place on foot in nature, via a (video)call, at my home or at your home. It is also an option to walk together remotely via a (video) call. In addition, I want to rent an office in The Hague in the future to let coaching sessions take place face-to-face. If you are interested in this, please let me know and I will put you on the list of interested people.

A combination of walking coaching and “normal” coaching is possible too. We will look at which form of coaching is appropriate for each session based on the purpose of the session and the needs of you as a coachee. In addition, coaching also goes very well with running therapy (both individually and in a group)! Are you interested in this combination, send me a message for the possibilities.

Walking coaching

Walking coaching is ideally suited for conversations that bring you closer to the core, your inner compass. I will usually listen sincerely and ask questions. I can best describe walking coaching by some terms:
🧘🏻‍♀️Mindful life (here and now)
🧖‍♀️Relaxation / rest
💡Clarification / insights
🌳Outside / nature
❤️Learn to feel (deep wishes)
⏸️Pause
🐌Slow down
🔌Charge
🌊Flowing thoughts
🗝️Get rid of…
👥Compassionate (self) reflection
🙏🏼’Being’ instead of ‘doing’
From these terms you will understand that walking is not always the appropriate form of coaching, for example if your trajectory is focused on tackling and / or practicing certain skills on paper. Combining coaching forms (by video call, by telephone, at your home, at my place, on foot) and extending a walking session (from 1 to 1,5 hours) is possible! English

Tariffs

One session is 79 euros per hour. Five sessions of one hour has a special price of 325 euros. International payment can be done with PayPal. Exchange rate charges are excluded from the price mentioned above. These costs will be charged in addition to the tariff.

Running therapy

Running therapy is the therapeutic use of a gradually built up 30 minutes endurance run, when you are experiencing mental complaints. You move way more than just your physical body and you cannot ruminate while running. People who suffer from depression, burnout, anxiety, fatigue, gloominess, irritability, low self esteem, heart failure or chemotherapy have been shown to benefit from running three times a week, building up endurance and NOT the maximum speed. Running can give you a liberating feeling. Thoughts are off for a while; no worries.

After an individual intake and some questionnaires, we visualize your starting situation. Then we will set up a training plan in mutual consultation, based on your goals. You can choose to start running therapy individually or in groups (2-4 people). You go out with me once or twice a week. It is of added value if you yourself also start running a (second and) third time. Running therapy is suitable for everyone. You do not have to have a basic fitness level and you do not have to have a mental disorder. Consistent exercise is beneficial for everyone. People are made to move. The program is completely tailor-made for you! So let’s go! English

For whom?

(Young) adults from 16 years old. Because of my knowledge gained from (own) experiences, I am especially there for models, students, children of divorced parents, (top) athletes and workaholics. If you do not belong to one of these stereotyped groups, but you do like to get coaching related to lifestyle, self-image and / or performance? Then you have come to the right place (contact).

Why?

Investing in yourself is never a waste of money. Through coaching sessions with me you will encounter yourself in an accessible way and go into depth where there is an opening. You do not have to do it alone. From my own experience I have noticed that it can help enormously to talk about yourself, gain insights and implement these in your life. I will guide you by real listening, asking the right questions and offering different perspectives where necessary. The challenge is to bring out, discover, perceive, change or accept the new / unconscious as it is. Gradually out of your comfort zone. In addition, I will not ask you to jump into that cold pool all at once. I would like you to feel with your toe first and then I will guide you to an immersion if you are open for it. I can imagine this sounds scary in some way. You can trust that I will guide you, without any judgment or pushing. The higher goal is to gain insight into yourself in order to develop yourself personally. English

For any further questions. Please do not hesitate to contact me! I would love to meet you. For more personal information about me, please translate this page About me. English