About Marlies

About Marlies 2019-03-20T08:47:45+00:00

My name is Marlies Zonderland-Thomassen. I have needed koru in my own life many times. This already started when I was a young child, as I had to find my own way of dealing with my stuttering. Also, I experienced first-hand that it is hard as a PhD student to hold on to your own views, how easy it is to choose a job in which you don’t make use of your full capability, what it is like to hold all pieces together as a working mum, and what it is like to settle in a different country and culture.

Also, I had to learn how to deal with my high-sensitivity, to use it as a strength. I love being in nature, it helps me dealing with external stimulus being a sensitive person.  I have lived for five years in New Zealand, which also shaped me into the person I am right now.

I am married, and mother of a son and daughter. On a professional scale, I am a professional psychodynamic coach (practitioner). Also, I am an expert in the area of sustainable farming systems (among others climate change impacts and water issues) and I hold a PhD degree in this area. In addition, I have extensive experience in supervising BSc, MSc, and PhD students, as well as managing research projects. Besides that, I have always been active as a volunteer, for example as a coach empowerment of female refugees. In summary, I have over 15 years indirect coaching experience in different functions, and since a couple of years I am a consciously competent coach.

I am convinced that with my natural empathic power, my experience and coaching skills, I can help cultivate your inner strength (koru).

Qualifications: Psychodynamic coaching using NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), or neuro semantics, family and organisation system formations, axis of changes, mindfulness or provocative coaching, systematic formations,

Additional qualifications: Holistic Burnout training,  Family system formations

Degrees: Psychodynamic coach PRACTITIONER level, BSc, MSc, PhD Wageningen University

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Koru means ‘loop’ according to the Māori people, the original inhabitants of New Zealand. It stands for a spiral shape based on the shape of a new unfurling silver fern frond and symbolizes strength, inner peace, growth and new life.