Coaching in English






What does coaching entail?

You gain insight into your behavioral patterns and I help you with awareness; I give you the tools to make your own decisions. Which steps are you going to make to get closer to your goal?

Quote Wendy Riksen training & coaching

Who is coaching for?

When you recognize yourself in these questions, coaching is for you:

How do I enhance my self-confidence?

I want a different career path, but don’t know how or what I want?

How can I make more impact at my job?

How do I show my boundaries?

How do I make myself known better?

How can I communicate more tactfully?

How do I maintain the right work/private-life balance?

How can I work more efficiently?

How do I become less perfectionistic?

How can I discuss my own insecurities and doubts best?

How can I communicate in a more assertive manner?

How do I maintain my power under high pressure and stress?

How do I deal with dominant types?

Why is coaching important?

Nothing is as frustrating as getting stuck in the same groove every time. You know you want something to change, but you don’t know how.

If you’re not satisfied with an aspect of your life, then you can do 3 things:
1: change it;
2: accept it;
3: stop it.

What can you influence and what can’t you?
What are your options to change the situation in a direction that will make you happier again?

How does coaching in English work?

For the intake, I’ll send you a form with a few relevant questions.

You could compare the intake with an (in-depth) interview, giving me an idea of who you are, what your issue is, and how you deal with it.

First of all, we’ll determine and formulate the goal you want to work on. Based on that, we’ll set up an agreement. It is important that we feel a connection and can start the process in a relaxed manner.

During the coaching sessions, the focus is on your issues. By asking questions and discovering what you are up against and which steps you’ve already taken, we will gain insight into your behavioral patterns and obstructing thoughts, that we can then tackle.

On avarage, it takes 5 coaching sessions (not including the intake). Sessions are 75 minutes each and take place every other week. In between sessions, you work with your new insights and goals.

During the process, we look at what you need to reach your goal. The process isn’t done until you have reached your goal and are happy with the result. This can require fewer or more than 5 sessions.


The work method is very thorough, and with a good sense of humor. In the end, Wendy ensures that you can come up with many answers. Flexible and resolute. Gets to the core. The coaching process is very well put together and therefore very professional. Clarity about what will be worked on and taking this step by step. Also flexible enough to tackle subjects that come up during the process.


Wendy has a sharp analytical view of things, is direct in a good way, and confronting when necessary, without giving pre-chewed answers. What I mean by that is that she helps you to analyze yourself. She doesn’t do it for you, you have to do it yourself. Getting insights by yourself. She will just help you to go in the right direction. She asks a lot of open questions and stimulates you to think about answers yourself.


The route to take is a very personal ride. What I noticed is that Wendy mostly let me figure it out myself. She is to the point and will not beat around the bush. What is the real problem here, and the figuring it out after. Wendy tries to look for the deeper problem, instead of just staying on the surface. The involvement is high but also professional and there is little time for small talk. That’s okay but also makes the sessions very intense.


Wendy’s involvement was very big, warm, and compassionate. She made me aware of the problem. We had very diverse conversations during the sessions. I felt at ease with Wendy very quickly. This caused some conversations about subjects I didn’t even know where issues. The profit that Wendy helped me to gain is that for every decision I see that I have a choice and have to make it myself.


Wendy is goal-oriented, client-oriented, and solution-oriented, and she does that calmly and collectedly. She put me at ease quickly. She asks to-the-point questions and that waits patiently for answers. She took me very seriously. But often we could also have a light conversation and make jokes.

Coaching by Wendy has made me more aware and I started looking at myself more and that helped me to make an important step more quickly, I feel.


I think Wendy has a wonderful mix of being involved, to the point, and analytical. She could point out the problem in a razor-sharp way. It started low-key; I thought we would be able to fix the issues quickly together. But I quickly discovered old mechanisms under the problems I experienced. Wendy sorted those out very quickly by the questions she asked. Wendy did so in exactly the right way, without digging too deep, but enough to experience it.

I wanted more satisfaction and serenity in my work as an entrepreneur. I reached that goal. Now I get more joy out of my work, and at the same time I became more professional.


I know Wendy as an honest, warm, and involved person with a great commitment to everything she does. Wendy lets you think for yourself with the questions she asked you and the things she lets you do. She uses different disciplines and perspectives which help you to gain new insights quickly about your own behavior. Because of my ADD, it turned out to be difficult to coach me in the ‘regular’ way so we decided together that I will be looking for (more) specialized help. I have experienced plenty of coaches who just let you muck about. She immediately gave me a suggestion that I can follow.

I am pretty happy with the exercises we did and the planning framework we made together still helps me every day.


Wendy listens well, is professional, and pleasant. She seems genuinely interested and made me feel at ease during the whole process. This created trust and I also think this resulted in a better outcome of the process.

What stood out most about the coaching process is that I learned a few things about myself that I didn’t know yet. That was a positive surprise about the coaching process. Usefull and educational.




  • Transactional analysis (TA)

  • Voice dialogue (VD)

  • Bateson

  • Systemic work

  • Solution-oriented coaching

  • NLP

Prices coaching

Tax deduction: as an individual, you can deduct your costs as schooling costs, in case the goal is to find a (new) job or functioning better at your current job. Almost all costs for career coaching are deductible. There is a 250 euro threshold.

Tax deduction for business owners and freelancers: coaching is deductible for entrepreneurs. Check to see what applies to you. Often, an employer has a budget available for the development of personnel. As an employee, you can spend this on coaching, training, or schooling.

The rate of a coaching session consists of a 90-minute coaching session, the rent for a coaching room, preparations, and a written report of the coaching session.

Intake conversation will be done online and is free of charge without any obligation.

Average coaching trajectory: 5/6 sessions

  • Regular clients: 125 euros (not including 21% tax)
  • Business clients: 165 euros (not including 21% tax)
  • Career trajectory: 400 euros (4 hours) (not including 21% tax)
  • In-company – tailored sessions and rates to match

Where will this coaching be held?

The standard location is in Amsterdam-Watergraafsmeer / East and is quiet and pleasant. We can work there without distraction. Coffee and tea are included. A different location in and around Amsterdam is an option.


I have worked for over 25 years as a manager in various companies. (Hotels, Restaurants, TV media production companies & Broadcasters, IT, Cleaning, Hospital) If I had then all this knowledge and skills, my path would have been different. Less stress, more happiness and more doing what I wanted instead of what I can do.

How difficult it was for me sometimes, to give feedback and to start the difficult conversation or to express myself in a way that was constructive for myself and the other. I often felt back again and again on the behavioral patterns and thoughts that I knew so well. Unfortunately, they were not always helpful for my goal at that time. But I had no idea how to do it differently and how to keep doing it.

Now I know and I grant you those insights and tools too!

I am practical and effective in my work as a Coach, Training Actor & Trainer in communication skills. During the sessions I also use exercises that allow you to experience things more than just talking about them.

Because I have worked for years in various companies and therefore know how it “works in the real world” plus that I can work with you on 3 layers, I take you further with your request for help.

Clients and describe me as someone who is sincere and pragmatic with a touch of humor and guts.

I grant everyone insights and tools to be able and dare to take steps. Feeling good mentally and physically, that makes the difference!

You can read references on this website and my linked-in profile.

Curious about what I can do for you or your team? Mail or call me for a no-obligation consultation.

I would love to help you!