Meet the Trainers
The ACCESS Training Network (ATN) is a diverse group of professionals serving the international community in the Netherlands. They support internationals and their families’ transition to life in a new country, offering training and coaching in a wide range of topics using different approaches and methods, such as workshops and group trainings as well as individual sessions. All their services are available in English as well as other languages, and many are personally familiar with the relocation experience.
They cover areas such as:
• Career development
• Childbirth Preparation
• Cross-cultural understanding
• First aid
• Higher education & career guidance for young adults
• Holistic health
• Language & communication
• Life transition
You can find more about each member below.
Interested in joing our ACCESS Training Network (ATN)? More information can be found here.
Art Ways Trainings
At Art Ways Trainings Beatriz Laus will help you discover how to integrate the logical and the creative parts of your brain and get your emotions mapped and balanced. Making use of art as a catalyst for understanding and accepting your life, your emotions and yourself. In each encounter we will deal with one subject as pleasure, anger, gratitude, and so on.
Beatriz is passionate about art, she holds a bachelor degree in Art Therapies, gives art talks, creative development courses and has a health practice and art studio in Voorschoten near The Hague. She has been working for more than 10 years in The Netherlands and comes originally from Brazil. You can work with her at her practice individually or in groups and online.
Come and work visually, that is to say painting, drawing, sculpting, making collages or mosaics or a combination of techniques that support you non-verbally. You will explore your own experience by touching and feeling. By gaining insight into and awareness of your current question, you will be artistically worked on your recovery and well-being step by step. No talent or previous experience is necessary, your process is always more important than your result.
Autism Career Coach and Consultant
Kelly Lynn is an Autism Career Coach and Consultant. Throughout her career Kelly has advocated, taught, coached, and mentored children, teens, and adults on the autistic spectrum. During Kelly’s 18-year career as a teacher, therapist, mentor, and coach, she worked with hundreds of individuals throughout 13 countries, including Europe, the Middle East, SE Asia, and China.
In the past, Kelly started her own consulting business in The Netherlands and in Belgium and ran it successfully for 6,5 years where she worked with autistic children and teens. She also opened a special needs preschool in Saudi Arabia, where she designed the classroom, chose the resources, screened potential students, assessed their needs, and designed individualized programs for each student.
Kelly has an entrepreneurial mindset, which sets her apart from others in her field. She works ‘with’ individuals on the spectrum, and values everyone’s input, communication style and the way others experience their environment.
She has created and presented training to staff globally and has a very unique perspective and highly attuned problem-solving skills. Kelly’s formal education includes completing an MEd in Special Education (children with autism) from the University of Birmingham (UK), as well as a PgDip in Analysis and Intervention in Learning Disabilities from the University of Kent (UK).
She has recently set up a consulting company as a Career Coach where she works with autistic children (and their parents), teens and adults throughout every phase of their school, higher educational pursuits, and job search.
For adults, she can assist in analysis of job descriptions, interviewing, onboarding, and navigating the workplace. Kelly also works alongside students of all ages to support them during their educational pursuits and consults with educational institutions and companies in their hiring practices.
Behavioral Change Coach
Rawia Liverpool is a Behavioral Change Coach. Rawia works with people who are going through a big life-changing situation, or who feel stuck, anxious, afraid or overwhelmed. She also supports those who lack assertion, self-esteem and self-confidence or those having communication and relationship issues. Rawia supports her clients to gain awareness of the patterns from their life experiences that are impacting their current situations. This awareness is key for enabling positive change.
Being mixed race, and someone who has dealt with and overcome experiences of racism and discrimination, Rawia is well-equipped to support others who experience similar challenges. The years she has spent working in various countries and interacting with people of different cultural backgrounds has enriched her life. Moreover, it has helped her gain invaluable insight into the challenges that face mobile families. She is passionate about supporting people in overcoming obstacles that they perceive to be holding them back, so that they can live to the best of their potential and lead a happy and fulfilled life.
Rawia is a certified Transactional Analysis counsellor and an NLP Master Practitioner. What she has learnt and experienced through NLP has had a huge positive impact on her life and she is passionate about sharing it with others in the hope that it will also impact their lives in the same way.
Location: The Hague. Individual consultations online and in-person.
Languages: English, Arabic and Dutch.
Career and Life Coach
Janet Rodenburg is a Career and Life Coach. Janet is a native Dutch with a professional background in anthropology (PhD) and international humanitarian assistance. She is a certified Career Coach & personal development.
Janet lived and worked abroad for prolonged periods. She has therefore experienced the enriching, but also the shady sides of being an expat herself. After resettling in The Netherlands, she gradually embarked on a new career path, combining her intellectual communication skills, her personal experience and her desire to assist others in making important life choices, thereby bridging cultural divides.
In her coaching you will investigate your life story and how it has formed you into the person you are today. You will look into your inventory of knowledge, experience and qualities. By dismantling any limiting beliefs about yourself you will (re)discover your drives, talents and interests, and what (type of) job would suit you. Know more here
Next to her coaching activities, Janet is available as a trainer/advisor/researcher.
- Psychosocial consequences of migration
- Intercultural communication
- Peer group supervision of care providers and social workers
- Designing and conducting focus group interviews
- Community based research and interventions
Languages: English, Dutch, Danish and Indonesian
Career Clarity Coach
Marie Dewulf is a Career Clarity Coach (CoachCoach2MoveOn).
“Using a proven framework I developed over 18 years, I help:
- perfectionists & pleasers who feel exhausted, stressed and stuck at work
- expats who feel lost, insecure and want to get their career back on track
- professionals who are frustrated, bored or unmotivated get clear on what’s next
Belgian by birth, a curious global nomad at heart, and a career coach by choice. I started my company in 2005 after having personally experienced several career changes myself due to numerous moves abroad. I combine my analytic-reflective approach from my master’s degree in Art history & Archaeology, with the skills acquired in my several coaching accreditations.
I work with men and women from all over the world. Some of my clients have worked for global corporations and institutions.
- Listen respectfully and pay attention without being judgemental
- Ask insightful questions that will help you gain clarity, these may sometimes be very straightforward
- Be honest about what I am hearing
- Challenge you to change your habits and broaden your perspective
- Support you to face and overcome obstacles and self-limitations
- Guide you towards more fulfilment and joy
- Motivate you to make positive sustained changes in your life and try new things
- Empower you to access your full potential
- Help you grow your self-confidence and self-esteem
- Encourage you unconditionally and celebrate your achievements
- Keep our appointments, commitments and make it fun to work together”
Languages: Book a free discovery call in English, French & Dutch.
Colleen Reichrath is a Career Consultant. “As a Career Consultant I teach you how to navigate your professional path in a world that is changing at an unprecedented rate and providing both unprecedented opportunity along with new challenges for how to find your way forward. A trained international Career Consultant, certified as a Holistic Narrative Career Professional (HCNP) and co-author of the book A Career in Your Suitcase, I took my career on an international adventure from Canada to the Netherlands in 2005, successfully using my 8 years of experience in career development in my own transition. I love to help people find what’s next for their career.
Let me show you how to create and find your next career opportunity in today’s ever-changing world. I support you to re-member your story, to find your resonant voice and clarify your direction. I teach you to intentionally navigate your way through your transitions whether they are across occupational boundaries, international borders or through organizational and economic shifts, creating your unique, personally meaningful path. This wonderful world is changing and work is evolving right alongside it. Find your direction and create your place in it, making the world a better place at the same time.
In addition to 1:1 coaching via Zoom, I also provide interactive workshops like Active Career Navigation designed to teach career development skills to people who are transitioning from school to work, from work to work, and from one location to another. I engage the power of the group process in my career development workshops.
The newest additions to my services are:
– guiding COACHING HIKES in the Dutch hill country of south Limburg, providing experiences that will support your career journey
– supporting people to find their voice and use it to DARE TO CARE, a teambuilding and communication workshop from Syntropic World – https://syntropic.world/dare-to-care/
– RETIRE TO THE LIFE YOU LOVE workshop, using the book of the same name by Nell Smith
I would love to connect with you and explore how I can support your journey in a discovery call. I can be reached through LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/cjscareers and via email@example.com.”
Languages: English and Dutch
Career Consultant & Coach for Mums
Angela Fusaro is a Career Consultant & Coach for Mums. Angela is a career specialist with a background in Psychology and several years of experience in Human Resources Management. Angela is on a mission to help women relaunch their career after having children. Did you take a break from work to look after your little ones and now want to restart your career? Angela will help you regain confidence in your skills, rebrand your profile (CV & LinkedIn) after a career break, navigate the Dutch job market, boost your job search and prepare for your next interview.
Career Transition Consultant
Teresa Moynihan is a Career Transition Consultant, Coach and Trainer. With more than 10 years’ experience in providing career transition and talent development programmes in the Netherlands, Teresa has provided ser vices to international organisations, the non-profit and education sectors, as well as with expatriate professionals and dual career partners. She has a passion for guiding people who are going through a career transition by helping them to recognise and optimise their own talents, and give them confidence to take the next steps. She is known to be approachable, professional and discreet with a flexible and personable approach.
Originally from Ireland, Teresa has lived and worked in the Netherlands for 30 years. Her expertise is complimented with extensive experience in HR and Training & Development from her earlier career, fulfilling key roles throughout a full company life-cycle. Professional qualifications: Licensed and Certified Career Coach (training accredited by the Association of Coaching); Post-grad qualification in Career and Talent Management (Kingston University, UK); Certified Systemic Team Coach (Academy of Executive Coaching, UK); Licensed to run Psychometric Assessments (accredited by the British and European Psychologists’ associations); Certified and licensed Balance™ Coach.
Location: The greater Hague area
Career, Life & Executive Coach
Natália Leal is a Career, Life and Executive Coach for Expats. Natália empowers expats & multi-cultural teams to be more successful, confident & happier. Feeling lost, stuck, overwhelmed, on automatic pilot, or simply not sure where to go next on your personal life or career?
Natália Leal’s Coach and Trainer’s mission is to empower individuals and organisations to achieve their full potential. We offer tailor-made coaching paths for open-minded internationals – including expats and their partners, executives and anyone looking for professional and/or personal development. Your needs and goals are unique, and your learning journey towards greater wellbeing and performance should reflect that!
With almost 20 years’ experience across different countries and sectors, Natália combines tools from Positive Psychology, CBT, career design, neurosciences and coaching to create coaching journeys that fit YOU. Based near Utrecht but with an international reach, other services include group training and workshops especially in the areas of wellbeing and performance, including resilience, character strengths, negotiations, career planning, strategy- and goal-setting, and just being happier!
A former Chief Executive of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Natália holds a PhD in International Relations, a Master in Sociology, and a specialisation in Positive Psychology; she is also a lecturer at the Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences and volunteers in different networks and organisations (Rotary Club, Repair Café, mentoring). Natália is originally Portuguese but has lived in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, and travelled around the world. She works mostly in English, but also speaks Portuguese, French, some Spanish, and a little Dutch and Italian.
To schedule a free Discovery Call with Natália click here or email her.
Childbirth Course Amsterdam
ACCESS Childbirth course in Amsterdam is taugh by Truus Gale who is an experienced Midwife and Prenatal Coach. Truus has over 25 years experience in Dutch midwifery and related areas. She holds a Dutch equivalent of a BA in Educational Sciences from Amsterdam University and graduated from Amsterdam Midwifery College in 1988. Truus has been an ACCESS trainer since 2005, specialised in prenatal individual or group information sessions for expat couples expecting a baby in the Netherlands.
Childbirth Course The Hague
ACCESS Childbirth Course in The Hague is taught by Meida van Baal. Meida has been raised and educated in California. After earning her Bachelor of Nursing degree, she moved to the Netherlands with her husband and intensively learned Dutch. She started working as a float nurse at various academic hospitals in Amsterdam. Labor and delivery was always her interest, so when she was accepted to work on an Obstetric and Gynecology ward in Amstelveen, she was thrilled. Her husband’s job took her unexpectedly abroad for many years, and it wasn’t until they returned to the Netherlands that she picked up her career again. She did not return to clinical nursing, because she saw a need in helping internationals adjust to being pregnant and having a baby in the Netherlands. She has worked for two years with a maternity organization before expanding her doula business to include kraamzorg services. She is presently the owner of Mitera & Co., which serves expectant families in The Hague and its surrounding areas, providing new families the one-on-one emotional and physical support during pregnancy, birth and the week after.
Qualifications: Certified Doula, Maternity Nurse and Childbirth Educator
Childbirth Course The Hague/R’dam
ACCESS Childbirth Course in The Hague/R’dam is taught by Maggie Bijl. Maggie was born on Earth Day— April 22nd, 1980 in the Midwestern United States.
She is a true Taurus: reliable, practical, ambitious and fiercely loyal. She is a mom of two beautiful boys, who’s births changed her path and purpose.
Maggie is an experienced yoga teacher with a passion for helping women feel educated and confident throughout pregnancy, birth, postpartum and well into motherhood. Maggie works with women and families in the comfort of their own homes, yoga studios, chiropractic offices, birth centers, and in hospitals. She is a certified, trained and experienced Natural Fertility, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher, Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator with a speciality in Pelvic Health. Maggie has studied and worked in the midwestern United States, Maui, Hawaii and The Netherlands.
Childbirth Course Utrecht
ACCESS Childbirth course in Utrecht is taught by Chitra Natarajan. Chitra is a certified HypnoBirthing practitioner and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. She enjoys her role as someone who can support, help and guide a family during pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and Post partum. Chitra is currently in the process of completing Hypno Fertility Educator certificate through HypnoBirthing Institute.
Clarity & Mindshift Coach
Welcome to my space at Life Balanz Coaching by Riquina Rodrigues!
Your excitement of embarking on a new adventure, a fresh chapter in your life, in a land of windmills, canals, and vibrant cultural mosaic was and is huge.
The Netherlands beckoned with new beginnings and opportunities with endless horizons, just as it did for me when I arrived in 2018.
Behind the pictured landscapes and welcoming smiles lies a journey that is not always straightforward. Moving to a new country, even one as captivating as the Netherlands can bring a whirlwind of emotions and challenges that often go unspoken.
You feel a profound sense of disorientation, grappling with cultural differences that sometimes leave you feeling like a stranger in your own life.
Embracing your newfound independence and longing for the familiar can lead to moments of self-doubts and isolation. Clarity, confidence, and a healthy mindset sometimes seem just out of reach, leaving you questioning your abilities and value.
I can feel you, as I walked this path myself and you are not alone in this journey.
- Are an Expat or international and navigating the intricate tapestry of life in the Netherlands?
- Want to build a life you fantasized about when you moved to the Netherlands?
- Want to gain clarity, confidence, and a resilient mindset to thrive in this new chapter of your journey?
I am here to guide expats and internationals like you on a transformative path toward personal and professional growth. I am passionate about being a thinking partner, building bridges, and drilling deep.
- We will address these challenges head-on.
- We will work to unlock your true potential.
- We will enable you to step confidently into each new day and experience
- You will discover your inner strength
- You will embrace new opportunities
- you will thrive in your life – as an expat in the Netherlands too.
I am Riquina Rodrigues, a certified Clarity, Confidence, and Mindset Coach. I have guided dozens of clients to a healthy mindset and happy life. Your journey to clarity, confidence, and a resilient mindset starts here.
Please book your discovery call – free of charge.
Location: The Hague area AND online.
Caitríona Rush is a Cross-Cultural Consultant. “At Cross-Cultural Consultant, businesses and individuals become more effective & successful when working, living and doing business across cultures.
Whether you’re recently arrived to The Netherlands or have been here for some time I can make your life easier, happier and more effective. Whether you have a job or want to work here, I can empower you to become more successful when working with different cultures. Living and working away from home is exciting and fun. But it can also be challenging and frustrating. I will help you navigate the waters of the Dutch culture. I can teach you about Dutch norms and values be they in the workplace, at home, in the supermarket or the playground. And most important I will provide you with practical, simple to use tools, tips and skills to become more effective when communicating and interacting with the Dutch on all levels. If you’d like to know more about what I do and how I do it please feel free to call me on +31 (0)6 811 33 988 or email me.”
First Aid Course
ACCESS First Aid Course is taught by Ingrid Gustafsson-Hilberink.
“I have been trained as a Registered General Nurse in the Netherlands and have worked several jobs before becoming a psychiatric nurse for children for 10 years. When moving to Sweden I specialised in Paediatric nursing. After finishing my studies, I moved to Dubai and then to Portugal. In Portugal I worked as a school nurse from 2015 until I moved back to The Netherlands.
I became a first aid instructor in 2020 and have been teaching staff and students since then (both in Portugal and in the Netherlands). I can teach these courses in Dutch, Swedish and English. Currently I am a fulltime school nurse at the British School in Leidschenveen”.
First Aid Course
ACCESS First Aid Course is taugh by Linda Bosma-Malley. Linda is a Registered General Nurse in the UK, specialising in Paediatrics. Originally from England, Linda moved to the Netherlands in 1993 where she lives with her Dutch husband and three grown children. Having worked in Neurology as a nurse in the Netherlands and as a First Aid Trainer during her family’s time in South Africa, Linda understands the importance of providing people with the skills and confidence to respond effectively to accidents or sudden illness.
Linda is a registered and certified First Aid Trainer, qualified to teach and assess a full range of first aid courses. She has been providing first aid courses in and around The Hague since 2008 for adults and teenagers from a wide variety of organisations, including schools, day care centres, sporting clubs, scout groups, community and parenting groups. Linda is passionate about teaching people the necessary skills that can make the difference when it really counts.
Global Career Consultant
Global Career Consultant specializes in:
- Career Transitions
- Leadership Development
- Intercultural Training
Developing International Careers
Life and Adult ADHD Coach
Jacinta Noonan is a Life and Adult ADHD Coach. She specialises in ADHD Coaching for adults.
She works with people in transition; those yearning for a change, but who are not sure which direction to take. Through her coaching program she helps people rediscover their passions and strengths and then helps them to craft an exciting, fresh road-map, so they can embark on a new journey that aligns with who they really are.
Jacinta is also a specialised ADHD Coach and works with adults who are struggling with feelings of overwhelm, chronic procrastination and stress. Her unique coaching program helps people bring a sense of order and stability back into their lives.
Jacinta will help you find clarity, get focused and take back control of your life. You’ll leave behind old baggage and start exploring new possibilities. She offers a choice of coaching, training and support groups to help you navigate the next stage of your life.
As well as her coaching certification, Jacinta also has a degree in psychology, is a certified NLP master practitioner and a qualified trainer.
Life coaching with Archery
Jac Rongen does Life coaching with Archery. Jac has more than 20 years of experience in helping people deal with personal issues through archery. His method is swift and relaxed as the sessions take place in a private park.
Jac feels that the best way to deal with past pain or future anxiety is to focus on the present while learning new skills in archery. This allows one to focus on the here and now rather than on past problems in order to achieve more in the future.
Optimal Performance & Wellbeing Coach
Aleksandra Rutkowska is an Optimal Performance and Wellbeing Coach.
“During my relocation to the Netherlands in 2018, I quickly learnt that moving to a new country as an expatriate can be an exciting and rewarding experience, and it also comes with several challenges. In my case, relocation impacted my husband’s career and required my two sons to adapt to a new country with a language they could not understand. What I learnt from this experience is that it is important to have someone I can trust and share my challenges with so that I feel supported and not alone.
Hi, my name is Aleks. I am a certified Mental Trainer and Executive Coach working with senior leaders from more than 35 countries, including those located in the least developed African regions. I leverage scientifically backed techniques used in sports and business to help expatriates like yourself transition through change more effectively, strengthen confidence, resilience, and nurture wellbeing. I advocate for Mental Health and Diversity and Inclusion.
4 key values I care deeply about:
Commitment – Unconventional and Accessible Solutions – Partnership – Integrity
5 key areas I can help you with:
Some highlights about me:
• 4 countries lived and worked in: Poland, US, UK and the Netherlands;
• Nearly 2 decades of working in local, regional and global Leadership and Organisational Effectiveness roles in matrix organisations across multiple industries;
• Hold a post-graduate diploma in Leadership Psychology and Human Resources Management;
• A member of the Mental Trainer Supervision programme to keep upskilling myself and to stay up to date with new scientific findings.
As a sports practitioner I maintain mental fitness and wellbeing by outdoor running, fit walking, practising mindfulness and the ice bath/cold shower.
Feel free to email me to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free discovery call”.
English and Polish
Veena Joseph is a Personal & Business Transformation Coach.
Through a journey of self-discovery, transition and change, Veena was led to use her experiences, skills and abilities to serve people and businesses in discovering their dream and moving forward in their purpose.
“We ignite transformations in people and businesses. Our vision is to help individuals explore paths of self-discovery and find their purpose. We support you unmask your inner gifts, potential, abilities into a vocation. For Small and medium sized enterprises we support you push beyond the comfortable and become organizations of purpose.
We ignite physical, mental, spiritual transformations for Expat partners, young adults, people in transition and those in a mid-life transition. We support businesses to grow and have better clarity in their business strategy, operational procedures and growth in business. We also provide smart business solutions to SME’s.”
Veena is engaged as a Program manager supporting culture exchange students navigate their year in the Netherlands. She has done her Coaching Mastery certificate and is trained in Person centered counselling.