Struggling in Shanghai? Living in China can take some time getting used to. Whether you just arrived or you have been living here for a few years now, nothing seems to go easy. Especially if you are a person who wants to be in control and has a strict set of norms of "how things should be done". Actually, the more of a control freak you are, the more difficult life can be. If you feel out of control you will feel stressed. And yes, you are definitely out of control here. But take a breath now – getting angry or frustrated will only make things worse. Usually you are perfectly capable of dealing with life´s daily problems. For some reason now it just seems too much to handle and you could do with a helping hand. Or with someone who listens. My name is Ans Hooft, Life Coach, Specialist Stress Counsellor and Career Coach from The Netherlands and I am based in Shanghai, China. I specialise in Stress Counselling and helping individuals cope with life transitions. Through a brief series of one-on-one discussions, I will encourage you to clarify issues, identify goals and work towards regaining a sense of balance in your life. Sessions may include personal and career goal setting, communication strategies, job coaching, dealing with cultural adjustment and other stress-related issues.
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Struggling in Shanghai? Living in China can take some time getting used to. Whether you just arrived or you have been living here for a few years now, nothing seems to go easy. Especially if you are a person who wants to be in control and has a strict set of norms of "how things should be done". Actually, the more of a control freak you are, the more difficult life can be. If you feel out of control you will feel stressed. And yes, you are definitely out of control here. But take a breath now – getting angry or frustrated will only make things worse. Usually you are perfectly capable of dealing with life´s daily problems. For some reason now it just seems too much to handle and you could do with a helping hand. Or with someone who listens. My name is Ans Hooft, Life Coach, Specialist Stress Counsellor and Career Coach from The Netherlands and I am based in Shanghai, China. I specialise in Stress Counselling and helping individuals cope with life transitions. Through a brief series of one-on-one discussions, I will encourage you to clarify issues, identify goals and work towards regaining a sense of balance in your life. Sessions may include personal and career goal setting, communication strategies, job coaching, dealing with cultural adjustment and other stress-related issues.
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Services My services are Personal Counselling and Coaching for individual adults, both in English and Dutch. My counselling style is based on the style of Carl R. Rogers. This means that the client has the lead, sets the course and decides what changes he/she wants. We will first spend time on defining the problem. Is there a problem behind this problem? What is it that really bothers you? The counsellor then helps to set the goals. What goals do you really want? What are the obstructions to these goals? What can be done to change this? Together we will define the way to reach your goals. How hard do you want to work on this? Topics can be:‣  You feel stressed ‣  You don't feel good in your job ‣  You feel lost and useless without your job ‣  You need to make a difficult choice ‣  Life in Shanghai just seems too hard ‣  You want to make some changes in life but don't know how ‣  You feel lonely without your network of family and friends ‣  There is a pattern in your relationship that you´re not happy with ‣  You want to get a grip on something that is bothering you ‣  Etcetera No matter what tools, techniques or names we use, the foundation is always the same; my belief that each and every person is naturally resourceful and carries the strength and capacity for change. Counselling and coaching for me is a brief series of discussions. It is no psychotherapy or treatment. If that is what you need, I will be happy to refer you to someone who is better suited to help you.
Services My services are Personal Counselling and Coaching for individual adults, both in English and Dutch. My counselling style is based on the style of Carl R. Rogers. This means that the client has the lead, sets the course and decides what changes he/she wants. We will first spend time on defining the problem. Is there a problem behind this problem? What is it that really bothers you? The counsellor then helps to set the goals. What goals do you really want? What are the obstructions to these goals? What can be done to change this? Together we will define the way to reach your goals. How hard do you want to work on this? Topics can be: ‣  You feel stressed ‣  You don't feel good in your job ‣  You feel lost and useless without your job ‣  You need to make a difficult choice ‣  Life in Shanghai just seems too hard ‣  You want to make some changes in life but don't know how ‣  You feel lonely without your network of family and friends ‣  There is a pattern in your relationship that you´re not happy with ‣  You want to get a grip on something that is bothering you ‣  Etcetera No matter what tools, techniques or names we use, the foundation is always the same; my belief that each and every person is naturally resourceful and carries the strength and capacity for change. Counselling and coaching for me is a brief series of discussions. It is no psychotherapy or treatment. If that is what you need, I will be happy to refer you to someone who is better suited to help you.
About me Born and raised in The Netherlands, I have more than 20 years' experience in human resources, recruitment, headhunting, job coaching & counselling, reintegration (=coaching unemployed people to get back on track), interview training, cross-cultural training, consulting, assessments and individual counselling. Most of my experience is in The Netherlands, but in the past 10 years I have lived and worked in China, South Africa, Belgium, The Netherlands and again back in China. I know from experience the unsettling feeling of moving house and country, of finding your place again, of culture shock and of the loss of friends and family. I also know about the trying effect these events can have on your relationship and on lingering issues that are often ignored. My belief is that every person has the power inside that can help them change and provide solutions. I am also a great believer in positive psychology for stress management – it takes practice, but can be done and in fact, when you decide to be happy it can have an incredible effect on the people around you. A sense of humour is one of the best coping techniques for stress and I certainly like to apply this in my sessions. I am also convinced of the positive effects of regular sports and workouts. In my teens, I was a member of the Dutch National Swimming Team and won various National Championships and team records with PSV Swimming Club. Later in life as a Master Swimmer, I competed in European and World Championships. I have a Bachelor in Business Administration from Wageningen, The Netherlands. I obtained my Diplomas “Academisch Counsellor & Coach” and “Specialist Counsellor & Coach” from the Academie voor Counselling & Coaching (www.counselling.nl) in The Netherlands. I am a member of the Algemene Beroepsvereniging voor Counselling (ABvC) in The Netherlands, member code 117315. I will abide by their Code of Ethics, which can be found on their website www.abvc.nl. I am an Intercultural Trainer & Coach for the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam: www.interculturalprofessionals.nl
About me Born and raised in The Netherlands, I have more than 20 years' experience in human resources, recruitment, headhunting, job coaching & counselling, reintegration (=coaching unemployed people to get back on track), interview training, cross-cultural training, consulting, assessments and individual counselling. Most of my experience is in The Netherlands, but in the past 10 years I have lived and worked in China, South Africa, Belgium, The Netherlands and again back in China. I know from experience the unsettling feeling of moving house and country, of finding your place again, of culture shock and of the loss of friends and family. I also know about the trying effect these events can have on your relationship and on lingering issues that are often ignored. My belief is that every person has the power inside that can help them change and provide solutions. I am also a great believer in positive psychology for stress management – it takes practice, but can be done and in fact, when you decide to be happy it can have an incredible effect on the people around you. A sense of humour is one of the best coping techniques for stress and I certainly like to apply this in my sessions. I am also convinced of the positive effects of regular sports and workouts. In my teens, I was a member of the Dutch National Swimming Team and won various National Championships and team records with PSV Swimming Club. Later in life as a Master Swimmer, I competed in European and World Championships. I have a Bachelor in Business Administration from Wageningen, The Netherlands. I obtained my Diplomas “Academisch Counsellor & Coach” and “Specialist Counsellor & Coach” from the Academie voor Counselling & Coaching (www.counselling.nl) in The Netherlands. I am a member of the Algemene Beroepsvereniging voor Counselling (ABvC) in The Netherlands, member code 117315. I will abide by their Code of Ethics, which can be found on their website www.abvc.nl. I am an Intercultural Trainer & Coach for the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam: www.interculturalprofessionals.nl
SessionsEach session will last about 60 minutes. Are you not sure if this is for you? In that case we can first schedule a free "discovery" session, where you get the opportunity to ask questions about counselling and we get to know each other in a 30-minute meeting. After this meeting we agree on how to continue. LanguagesSessions can be in English and in Dutch. I understand German and French. Location My office is located in 285 Jianguo Xi Lu, Unit 202C, XuHui, Shanghai (by appointment only).  Other locations are possible. Contact meWould you like to know more or make an appointment? Please fill the form or send me an email at: counselshanghai@gmail.com
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Sessions Each session will last about 60 minutes. Are you not sure if this is for you? In that case we can first schedule a free "discovery" session, where you get the opportunity to ask questions about counselling and we get to know each other in a 30-minute meeting. After this meeting we agree on how to continue. Languages Sessions can be in English and in Dutch. I understand German and French. Location My office is located in 285 Jianguo Xi Lu, Unit 202C, XuHui, Shanghai (by appointment only). Other locations are possible. Contact me Would you like to know more or make an appointment?Please fill the form or send me an email at: counselshanghai@gmail.com
Online columns Inspiration, Inc.: Life Coaching in Shanghai How To: Keep those Resolutions
Press & Columns
UrbanFamily Winter 2011
P&W magazine Mar '12
UrbanFamily May-Jun '12
UrbanFamily Jul-Aug '12
P&W magazine 2012
P&W magazine Jan '13
Tai Ji: The Art of Standing Still, By Ans Hooft