I graduated with a Masters in Psychology from the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels.
Since then I have gathered a lot of experience in the field of job assistance. As a psychological assistant at the Vorming en Cultuur association, I was in charge of helping underprivileged people and the long-term unemployed.
Thereafter I worked for a while with the Brussels Jobwerkbank, where I was able to have a better focus of these problems and help people to master all the tricks of job interviews.
Between 1994 and 1999, I worked with the Belgian Railways Company, where I learned a lot about psychological evaluations, coaching of workers, trauma accompaniment, agressivity and stress management.
After all these enriching experiences, I decided in 1998 to work as a self-employed consultant in an accessory occupation. For my activities as such, please go to References.
Later, I worked as an employed consultant with Hudson in the filed of HRM : training, coaching, selection & assessment.
As a prevention advisor for psychosocial aspects with Arista and Idewe, I worked for many organisations in the field of welfare.
Until recently, I have been working at the Council of the European Union in Brussels, where as a psychologist, I have been coaching employees having the most diverse problems, and developing projects about harassment, alcohol addiction and conflict mediation.
First and above all, I can draw on my rich experience as a psychologist. During my career I have been treating the most varied assignments concerning Training, Coaching, Conflict mediation, Selection & Assessment and Pyschosocial load at work.
Thanks to this, I am multi-experienced and able to provide made-to-measure solutions. I work in an interactive manner with respect for the client’s demand and rhythm.
Furthermore, I stand for a no-nonsense approach. My positive attitude and my great sense of empathy and understanding give me the skills necessary to help each client to progress a step further at each session. Values like respect of every person’s singularity, discretion and authenticity are at the heart of my work.
I wish to encourage organisations to be aware at a very early stage of the welfare of their employees and encourage individuals to take care of their own welfare. My preoccupation in this emanates from a genuine interest in people and organisations.
My approach goes as follows : preparation – execution – evaluation and follow up.
I am also very flexible as regards working hours and location are concerned. My practice is in the heart of Brussels but an assignment on location is definitely not a problem.
When I first met Veerle in 2004, she was the newly appointed company psychologist to the Council of Ministers of the EU and it was actually the President of my trade-union who highly recommended her to me and advised me to go talk to her.
As a “person of confidence” – meaning that whatever I told her about my boss’s treatment would not reach my boss’s ears -, Veerle listened to me with interest and empathy. Her questions were pertinent in order to help me to get to the bottom of things and see more clearly where the root of the problem was. Once this became clear she would probe further and push me to think on what I was going to do about it. There simply was no way out but to try and find solutions and move into action after that.
Thus, Veerle, relentless as she was, steadfast in reminding me of my initial intentions, but never failing to give a sympathetic support, helped me through a very difficult time in my life.
When the situation at work finally exploded, she intervened on my behalf and upon my request and proved herself to be a competent negotiator, explaining my side of the story to my hierarchy. She was thus able to diffuse the situation and with her help a solution was found to everybody’s satisfaction.
During the more than 6 years I have consulted her, I learned more about myself, learned to accept and even love myself for what I am, including accepting my bad habits. Although I am now no longer a patient of her, I still keep in touch and will always get a friendly incentive reply in return.
In my opinion, Veerle is more than just a sympathetic ear and more than a personal coach.
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