I'm Claire. I’m a creative and compassionate Irish (and kind of Dutch) thirty-something-year-old based in a cosy attic apartment in the heart of Amsterdam with my kind and silly husband, Nate.
my coaching journey
I have worked in international development for government agencies, non-profits, and social enterprise in Europe and Africa for over ten years. After returning from two years in Mozambique in 2011, I found myself job hunting in an extremely competitive market, questioning who I was, what I was passionate about, and whether I was really getting to ‘be me'. I knew I wanted to contribute meaningfully, be more creative in my work, and find some peace amongst the craziness of life.
After receiving career coaching where I was challenged to dream big, dig deep, consider the areas where I naturally flourish, and jump out of my comfort zone, I discovered I desired to be in closer contact with people, also helping them grow, develop, and flourish.
icf certified coach
From the moment I completed my coaching training, I was hooked. I have been an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation since 2013. Through additional training I have added specialisations in career, transition, leadership development, strength-based, and narrative coaching.
In recent years I have also discovered a love of teaching and training people to use coach skills to empower others in their context, especially if I get to incorporate lots of creativity and play in the process!
I love the opportunities coaching affords me to come alongside others, hear their stories, and be a part of their journey towards greater well-being and growth. I am passionate about enabling people, women in particular, to compose a life that embraces who they are and allows them to live and work in line with their strengths and values. I firmly believe that when we are rooted in these foundations, we also have more to give. We can live and love well.
I still highly value empowering those who have suffered injustice or live in scarcity, and the colleagues and organisations working in this area. The last few years I worked with Not For Sale, which creates social enterprises to support human trafficking survivors through training, coaching, and a pathway to self-sustaining work in Amsterdam (I still miss my regular dose of Dignita deliciousness and encourage you to go eat very well and do good). I currently consult on a part-time basis with Fair Wear Foundation and Oikocredit, and am open to developing new partnerships with non-profits or individuals in the future.
For those who like lists...
have a big green bicycle bell, which I frequently employ as I traverse the city.
grew up bilingual, a helpful launchpad to language learning.
could be called a third culture kid, unclear on where I am ‘really’ from, but call many places home. My accent confuses people.
have worked and studied in several countries in Europe, Africa, and Latin-America.
am a curious learner and hold a BA in Communications with Minor in Psychology, an MA in Interpreting & Translation, and and MSc in International Development.
swimming in the sea or just dipping my toes in
big dinner parties and speed charades
the feeling after running
koffie verkeerd and English breakfast tea (with milk)
singing folkish songs
poetry & podcasts
being in the forest
and the colour green.