With a back ground in psychology and coaching Kirsten is able to ask you questions that will help you reflect and get to your own answers. She aims to function as a catalyst in your personal development/in improving your mental health. Kirsten likes to look at the positive, to what’s already working for you and built on that, making use of the strengths based approach and solution-focused psychology. Because of her (3+ years) work experience in the Dutch Mental Health Care Kirsten is familiar with using techniques from the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness. Former clients characterized Kirsten as easy to open up to, a good active listener, empathetic, analytic and practical.
While working as a psychologist at several GP practices for 6 years Kirsten met many different types of people and requests for help, so she is comfortable helping you with all sorts of questions, any topic can be discussed. If Kirsten thinks your request does not fit with OpenUp, or needs a psychological treatment, she can help you think about alternatives for a referral.
After graduating from her MSc in Clinical Psychology Kirsten first started working as a Recruiting Consultant at Randstad from where she was head hunted to join McKinsey & Company, where she worked for 8 years. Kirsten was part of the HR and Learning & Development Team of the McKinsey Amsterdam Office, where she got the opportunity to become a licensed coach and gain much training experience. Kirsten therefore can relate to questions linked to business.
To take care of my own mental health, I try to mindfully enjoy my spare time with the people I care about most and to practice what I preach.
Kirsten speaks Dutch and English.