I’m an intuitive and sensitive person with a curious and analytical mind. I have always felt strongly connected and at home in my body and particularly with my hands. After going through my own transformational process that started as I became a mother I realized that I really want to support women and families in the making, in various ways.

Hi! I’m Aileen

I have come to realize that some elements I work with have been presented to me at a young age by my parents. My mother gave Lamaze courses in our home when I was a child. Pregnant bellies and the beautiful charts she made depicting the pregnant female body fascinated me. Massage was always present in our home growing up. Later in adolescence my father got into yoga and meditation. I read many of his books on yoga, Buddhism and meditation. I found much wisdom there and during a minor depression he advised me to start meditating, and I did. I found some peace in those moments and the seed was planted for this way of cultivating awareness. For over a decade I have practiced yoga.

During my first pregnancy I was training to become a mindfulness teacher, next to my work as a psychologist. It was after my first daughter’s birth that I realized that the transition into parenthood was a time where many need support. I also learned during birth that a trained mind (in mindfulness, being with what is moment by moment) really had a positive impact on my birth experience and coping with pain. Having a positive birth experience, I experienced is empowering, the effects last for a long time. I felt a strong urge to want to share this with other women and came across Mindful Birthing and Parenting (MBCP) through my midwife.

From the first moment I knew about Mindful Birthing and Parenting I felt this was the right thing for me to learn so I could share this. These same mindfulness skills supported me through the birth of our second daughter. Here I experienced how a traumatic birth also has long lasting effects. After I became a mother I felt the need to create some form of support for women who are new to motherhood and I left my work as a psychologist. And now I am offering these three tools to others: Women’s Coaching, Mindfulness and Mindful Birthing and Parenting courses. To support this work I’m a Doula in training (read here what a Doula is).

I grew up in the Alps and have been living in Amsterdam since I was a child. This base not only gave me a great appreciation for nature but also for languages and a broader sense of cultural understanding. I’m in my mid 30’s, I have two daughters (now toddler and pre-schooler) and live with my partner in Amstelveen. I’m passionate about delicious food, yoga and travelling.

Education and training

I studied Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. During the years I have also followed a Shiatsu course and a Thai Massage course (In Thailand) and an Ayuverdic massage course in India. For a couple of years, I co-created a coaching company with three other therapists. After my travels, I worked for a year offering therapy focused on MBCT (mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy).

Hereafter I worked for 6 years at a clinic as a psychologist mainly working with Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). During these 6 years I also graduated from a post-doc study called the GZ-opleiding, the ‘next level’ training in the Netherlands to work in the healthcare system. During my first pregnancy I became a Mindfulness Trainer (See True) which I also offered at my work to clients.

After the birth of my first daughter I came in touch with Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting Program (MBCP), a Mindfulness training designed by Nancy Bardacke for expectant couples. MBCP made so much sense to me I fell in love with it. This past year I have been further training myself in understanding better labor pain, pregnancy massage and training to be a registered Doula.

Degrees and courses

  • University degree in Clinical Psychology, cum laude (University of Amsterdam)
  • GZ-Psycholoog degree (Big-registration)
  • Certification as Mindfulness instructor (MBSR level 1 See true)
  • Certificate of teacher in Mindfulness-based Childbirth and Parenting Program (trained by Nancy Bardacke)
  • Doula in training (JJ Doula)
  • Course in pregnancy massage (Embracing birth)
  • Course in course Baringspijn (labor pain, by Ben van Cranenburgh and Irena Veringa)
  • Course in Shiatsu massage
  • Course in Ayurvedic massage (Ayurveda yoga retreat India)
  • Course in Thai massage (In Thailand)
  • Mindfulness Based Childbirth ansd Parenting Program week retreat with Nancy Bardacke 2016
  • Mind in Labor weekend course with Nancy Bardacke (MBCP Brussels and Paris)
  • Intensive Weekend Workshops in Yoga: Teressa Caldas, Orit Sen Gupta, Aadil Palkhivala
  • Registered in the NBvD (Nederlandse beroepsvereniging voor Doula’s, student registration)
  • Registered in the VVM (Vereniging voor Mindfulness)
  • Spinning Babies Workshop (Jennifer Walker)
  • Workshop in Postpartum and pregnancy loss massage (Embracing Birth)