Judith Niekel, MA MSc
If you look for innovative, effective, easy and practical ways to increase psychological flexibility as well as wellbeing, energy, focus and vitality, you’ve come to the right place.
By increasing your psychological flexibility, you will be able to cope better with a constantly changing world, reboot and energise yourself quickly and use your strengths and skills to tackle the hurdles life throws at you the best you can. Below you find more information about myself and available workshops and e-learnings in English.
My name is Judith Niekel-Sjoerds, MA MSc, and I am a lifespan psychologist and coach. My aim in life is to help people live, work and sleep with more ease. How do I achieve this for, and with you? By teaching you what I find to be most effective tools to help you become psychologically more flexible. I also refer to these tools as the necessary basic life skills to cope with the ups, but especially the downs, you will encounter during your life. The tools are used in various disciplines, among others in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), cognitive and positive psychology as well as solution-focused coaching.
I enjoy developing new things that help people to cope better in a practical, no-nonsense way with (day-to-day) problems. The e-learnings below are a good example. I’ve also developed a coaching method for unhappy singles who wish to live life to the full – with or without partner. Furthermore, I researched and developed a coaching session method for Omdenken, a Dutch coaching company specialising in the “art of flip-thinking”, i.e. creating opportunities out of problems. As you have probably noticed by now, I’m a very practical, no-nonsense type of person who loves humor and with a strong preference to “always look at the bright side of life” (Monty Python fans will get the reference).
Is it really necessary, to become more psychologically flexible? Yes, it really is. For instance, a survey conducted by Zorg voor Zaak among employees in the Netherlands showed that 80% of the participants had in the past five years experienced lifespan stress which they could not deal with properly. Two-thirds had called in sick to work as a result. Lifespan psychologists like me are specialised in dealing with these kinds of issues.
Sometimes life can be a real struggle and you need someone to lean on and talk to. As a solution-focused, university educated lifespan psychologist my aim is to help you get a new perspective on your problem(s) that is keeping you back. So that you can move forward and live your life to the full, based on your values and strengths.
Lifespan Career coaching to help you through all stages of your career.
1. Career Story Interview (CSI)
Sometimes we find ourselves at a crossroad in work and we do not know anymore which way we are heading or should be heading. Don’t worry, it happens to everyone of us once or twice in a lifetime. Career Story Interview is a short, focused scientific coaching method that helps you find, and follow, your common thread in life by taking a look at for instance your role models and heroes when you were little. Why they are so important in everyone’s life and how they can again help you make the next career move or step, that’s one the things that we are focusing on in CSI.
For more information about this very personal, solution-focused and constructive positive form of career (and life) coaching of only two sessions and its theoretical background etcetera, please click here.
2. Job Crafting
Is your job boring you out a bit (or a lot) or would you like to include some additional fun activities? Often you can help realise this for you in your current job with some "out of the box" thinking. I'd love to help you craft the job you want for you.
Click here for more information about job crafting.
3. Making or updating a CV
4. Career coaching
5. (CBI) Interview training
In-company (DIY) Workshops and E-learnings in English
All e-learnings are produced as a Word document and can therefore be easily added to every in-company e-learning application or intranet. It can also be easily aligned to house style guidelines.
All workshops and e-learnings can be “tailor-made” to your company’s specific issues or topics at hand on request. For more information and a cost estimate, please email to email@example.com.
1. “No Worries” - a 3 hour workshop and e-learning to stop worrying
Are you surrounded by Worrywrats? Or perhaps you are one yourself? The “No Worries” e-learning will teach you and your staff 10 tools to become more psychologically flexible and reduce worrying.
It is my personal mission and theme to help people live and work more lightly in the broadest sense. That also includes: worry less, or even better: don’t worry at all.
The “No Worries” workshop or e-learning teaches you 10 practical tools to become more psychologically flexible. We kick off with learning more about what we know about worrying from a scientific point of view. We cover topics like: How often does what we worry about really happen? What is a thought and how many do we have a day? How true are your thoughts and how do they make you feel? To find that out for yourself you will literally bounce all your worries off the walls as well as trap your thoughts in a Chinese finger trap from which there is no escape… or is there? We will also find out the consequences and effects of our worrying on our body and mind. After this more theoretical part we then go on to learn 10 practical tools that you can start applying immediately to help you worry less – or stop worrying at all. Where relevant, easy-to-use worksheets are included.
2. Light Talks: How to become a pro at chatting in English and have fun with it
This e-learning is for both non-native, near native and native English staff to learn how to, or improve, their conversation skills in English so they can connect easier with colleagues, business relations etcetera.
Research has shown that chitchatting improves your wellbeing and is also beneficial to your career: not only do you sell more but you also are more likely to get that promotion you want. People who can connect better are also less prone to quit their jobs or change jobs.
Being able to have easy conversations and even enjoy it, makes both your private and working life lighter and more fun. That is why I also use the terms “light talk” and “lightning talks” to refer to small talk / chitchat. Lightning talks are short, to the point, concise as small talk and chitchat do not need to be long. Often four or five sentences suffice. Like a flash of lightning, it is not only beautiful but it can also be over and done within seconds, once you know how to ignite it. The good news is: everybody can learn these skills, whether you are a born natural or not.
In this e-learning / workshop you will learn how to:
3. Lighter living and working: (not) a problem?! (part 1, 60 minutes)
In only 60 minutes you will learn seven handy and effective tools used in, amongst others, cognitive and positive psychology to immediately help you live and work more lightly. The tools range from learning how to deal with total panic just like for instance the commandos in the army do to distancing ourselves from negative thoughts that put us in a downward thought spiral to become more be more accepting and compassionate towards ourselves and persons we have difficult relations with.
4. Lighter living and working: (not) a problem?! (part 2, 60 minutes)
After a short recap of the basic theory behind easy living and working as explained in part 1, 6 new tools are introduced to reduce stress, energise yourself, help prevent burnout etcetera.
5. Five Short Meditations To Refuel Yourself (including guided audio)
The five meditations range from a few seconds to five minutes and help employees to reboot and be more calm by for instance strengthening the vagus nerve (responsible for regulating our rest and stress response), and by increasing (self)compassion and kindness and thus improving (difficult) working relations with colleagues/bosses etc.
6. Sleep 3.0: How to sleep well in troubling times
Note: This e-learning is at the moment only available in Dutch (but can be produced in English on request).
A good night's sleep has always been important, but especially now as a lack of sleep may quadruple your change of getting a cold. How do you sleep well? In a nutshell: it all comes down to the right mindset.
Therefore, this e-learning has a psycho-educational part and lots of handy “sleeping” exercises, tips and tools used in cognitive and positive psychology as well as in Acceptance & Commitment therapy (ACT).