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Eva van der Ploeg, Ph.D.

Research Psychologist

Mindfulness Coach


Montessori for dementia practitioner


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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, both professionals as well as volunteers or family members. My coaching and meditations are grounded in Mindfulness (Dr. Kabat-Zinn). What these methods have in common is an open, unassuming approach. Both emphasize that there is no 'one size fits all'. Every person, situation, time and place are different. Solutions should reflect this variety.


From these two 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, 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.

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