WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT
Eva van der Ploeg
MSc. Social Psychology, PhD Public Health
certified Mindfulness Master (Achology) &
Montessori for Dementia Guide (Cen4Ard)
Mindfulness & Montessori are my main 'tools'. Original Montessori for Dementia (Cen4Ard - Dr. Camp) is offered for people who care for someone with dementia. My coaching and meditations are grounded in Mindfulness (Dr. Kabat-Zinn). What these methods have in common is an open, unassuming approach. Both emphasise that there is no 'one size fits all'.
In 2021, I have been certified as practitioner and trainer for Namaste Care for late stage dementia and for the courses Mindful with your baby & Mindful with your toddler.
From these methodologies, I can help you to break through challenges you have been facing, for example, we can work to: reduce stress & anxiety; increase self-confidence; improve your relationships & parenting style, and; relate healthily to social media.
What you can not expect: I will not fix your problems for you. To quote another of my esteemed teachers, Kain Ramsay: We focus on being better, not feeling better. Both during workshops, meditations and consults, I'd like you to see me as your guide. I share my knowledge and experience, you do the work. Through this joint effort, we work towards your solution considering your wishes and capacities.
compassionate | spirited | open minded | down to earth
solution oriented | reliable | versatile | straightforward
I was born an athlete and a psychologist. After lots of running around (on a track), I studied journalism and travelled the world, before finding a home in Amsterdam. It was the long and enjoyable way around to becoming a qualified social psychologist (with special interest area of emotions). From there, I moved more into the field of psychiatry working with people with dementia and their carers.
With a great team at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), we conducted relevant scientific research, while at the same time improving the day to day life of people living with dementia. Here, I was also schooled to be a Mindfulness trainer by buddhist GP Dr. Craig Hassed. And I found the perfect teacher in the equally wise Dr. Cameron Camp to mentor me to become an Original Montessori for Dementia practitioner. In 2021 I completed the Master course Mindfulness of Achology to refresh my knowledge and imrpove my skills.
Soulful Brain was born in May 2020. Through research, meditations, coaching and Montessori training I hope to make the world a slightly better place. Your world. My world. The world.