Hi, my name is Francisco (39). I’m a certified mindfulness trainer, psychologist and coach. Find below more about my background. You’re always welcome to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.
This is me hiking in Spain last summer
- Master Psychological research methods – Groningen University (2005)
- Biodynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release – BBTR institute (2016)
- Master clinical psychology – Leuven University (2017)
- ADHD & High Sensitivity coach – ADHD Centrum Nederland (2018)
- Mindfulness teacher training – Seetrue (2018)
- Mindfulness workshops (Inner resistance, Mindfulness for youth, Mindfulness & movement, Trish Bartley, Inquiry intensive)
- Burnout prevention ‘Mindful-2-work’ – Seetrue, Anne Formsma
What drives me
My core principle in working with people is respect. By showing respect for people’s individuality and potential, I intend to foster a sense of self-respect and self-appreciation with people. The reason why self-respect is so important to me has probably to do with my past. For a big part of my childhood I felt like a square peg in a round hole. There were situations in which I could lose my focus without any clear reasons. I can still remember the bright lights of the classroom or the noise of the school canteen. I couldn’t understand why I sometimes did feel like socialising with people, and sometimes not at all. Or why I sometimes could focus in class, and sometimes not. This made me distrustful towards myself. Another consequence of showing this kind of ‘unpredictable’ behaviour, was that people around me (teachers, classmates) couldn’t understand me. And unfortunately there are many people who find it difficult to deal with that. I still remember a teacher telling me that I really wasn’t talented for math. A few years later I graduated in psychological research methods (which mostly have to do with statistics) with honour. This teacher obviously didn’t recognise my potential. This wasn’t so much the problem. What sticked was the negative way she told me I was not talented. It reinforced some subconscious notion I had about myself that I was not good enough.
Working as a mindfulness teacher gives me the opportunity to help people finding self-respect. Mindfulness is about seeing who you truly are, right now. It’s not about what you should or could. For many people a mindfulness course is the first time they experience space to explore and express what had been kept under layers of self-criticism and self-control.
I have a specific interest in working with unprivileged people. As a volunteer for Dokters van de Wereld, I help refugees and undocumented persons. One project I’m working on is to adapt the original mindfulness curriculum to people with a non-western background. Culture, language, trauma and many other factors make it a challenge to teach mindfulness. Another project I’m working on is to offer mindfulness to people who live on social benefits.
What course/workshop participants say about me
- “He radiates calm energy! Will feel safe in his hands!”
- “A nice authentic teacher with much love (‘hart’) and experience”
- “Francisco’s way of explaining, feedback and interaction is very pleasant, clear and comforting.”
I’m certified by the Vereniging voor Mindfullness (VVM).