about me

Maaike van Dijk

After pursuing a career as a choreographer and dancer in the Netherlands and abroad for 10 years, it was time for a new challenge, which I found in life coaching. By nature I have always been curious about what moves people or restrains them from growing. I graduated in 2008 as a professional Life Coach at the Atma Institute in the Netherlands which is accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Counsel (EMCC). Prior to that I studied at the University of Utrecht (Theatre Studies) and Codarts, Rotterdam (MA Dance/Choreography).

I lived in Hong Kong since 2009 with my husband and two children and have been working one-to-one with clients from various cultural backgrounds on personal life and work related issues. Besides coaching I enjoy working as a roleplay actress for (development) assessments and as a leadership development trainer throughout Asia.

Besides the methods and techniques I have mastered during my training as a life coach, I incorporate my background as a professional dancer in the sessions. This is in the sense that I will take into account how the client is feeling, not only emotionally but also physically. We tend to tense up under stress. This could be created by too much workload but also by limiting beliefs or trauma. Focusing on the body provides the client with useful information as it comes from a place that is not controlled by the rational mind.

At the same time my experience with a diverse clientele from every corner of the world makes me more aware of cultural differences and the implications within a coaching session or training. I am currently also in the process of obtaining a certification as a TRE (Tension or Trauma Release Exercise) practitioner.