I am a Cross Cultural Psychologist (D.Phil Sussex University) and I have worked with people on the challenges of societal justice, identity, globalisation and culture for many years. It became evident that these topics affected people in their professional and personal lives and to talk about them in a safe place is key to a better, communal world.
Our world is an uncertain and volatile yet beautiful place and can be a challenge to navigate. I help people negotiate the challenges they face through exercising self-compassion and exploration with curiosity.
In my online sessions, I listen closely to clients’ thoughts on dilemmas at work or in their personal life and I reflect on this together with them, sometimes using specific frameworks or tools that expand thinking or exploring new perspectives. Working from a foundation of unconditional positive regard, I seek to foster a relationship with my client where we can create clarity from the uncertainty and ambiguity that life presents us.
Over a period of 25 years I have worked for one of the most diverse universities in the United Kingdom, as a Research Fellow for the HR department at the Open University, in the recruitment department for Shell International in London and as a recruiter for Randstad, Atlanta, USA. I have published academic articles and chapters in edited books and I write novels about maverick people facing adversity.
The above, however, did not teach me as much as life itself, such as living abroad, extensive travel, the unexpected death of my father, my mother’s diagnosis of multiple myeloma and subsequent recovery, voluntary work in the community and being a part of a ‘modern’ family.
My approach is simple: We will make an assessment of your current position and define what immediate challenges are on the horizon. We will then dive deeper and establish your core values – these are the guiding principles that drive our behaviour. It is important to evaluate who is in your circle of influence and introduce you to some useful tools to do your own assessment of your community. We will explore what kind of thinking can help you navigate this complex world more easily, keeping in mind that much of how we perceive the world is through culturally subjective lenses.
In this complex, globalised environment, we are juggling and trying to make sense of information, views, experience and (immediate) crises. With me as your guide, we can talk about where you came from and where you’re heading by defining not what success is but what mastery means.
For coaching, collaborating on research, or consultancy enquiries, please get in touch via n.van-meurs (at) mdx.ac.uk.
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