Mind n Matter Coaching was founded in March 2012 by Merel Nahuijsen.
Merel has almost 20 years of experience in working with individuals, teams and groups in Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia. Her coaching expertise comprises designing and conducting workshops for law firms, business schools and insurance companies as well as one-on-one coaching.
After graduating in International Law at Leiden University in the Netherlands, Merel moved to Indonesia in 1997 and worked in office management for the Dutch government, coordinating operations and recruiting and training local staff. She also developed curriculum and conducted ‘English for Business’ workshops at several colleges and schools in Jakarta. She gained valuable insights in importance of providing growth opportunities for executive management and key staff in the workshops she created for insurance companies. The focus of these trainings were aimed at helping senior staff to improve work floor communication skills. In doing so Merel had to employ considerable flexibility in teaching styles, as well as call on interpersonal and cross-cultural strengths, including fluency in Dutch, English, Indonesian and French.
In Australia, Merel was affiliated with Workplace Culture, who helps organisations in creating an optimum working environment for all employees, thereby helping employees to achieve their full potential.
It was in Jakarta that Merel embarked on an ongoing self-development journey discovering how we best function and thrive at work and in life. Since moving to Sydney, she has continued to work in office management as well as develop a coaching practice on which she has focused since her move to Kuala Lumpur. Being a coach is “the best thing I’ve done … facilitating change in other people is an incredibly powerful and exciting experience”. More than just a job, coaching for Merel: “is a need, to help others to progress”
Clients and colleagues have described Merel as intuitive and empathetic with a warm and assertive style. She is resourceful and creative and has the confidence and flexibility of a seasoned coach.
LL.M in International Law
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Certificate IV in Small Business Management
Merel also completed the Foundation and Apprenticeship training program with Integral Coaching Canada and more recently earned her Advanced Coaching Certificate with the International Coach Academy.
Merel currently practices yoga, plays tennis, and reads widely on coaching, integral life practice and mindfulness. Coming from a European background, and having traveled and lived extensively overseas, Merel is passionate about exploring other cultures and making connections with people from different backgrounds. She lives with her husband and two young children in Kuala Lumpur.
For years I had been hiding. Behind jokes and behind walking away. From situations, from people, but mostly I escaped from myself. I was the ultimate hider.
In my life I have taken on many identities as well. Depending on the situation, depending on the person, I chose who I would like to be. A person, however adaptable to the situation, never was the true me. I still did it though, fearing that if I wasn’t the person who others would like to see or to be with, my peers at school and in uni won’t like me. And slowly, throughout the years I believe I simply disappeared. Who I was? I simply had no idea. What I felt? Clueless. I was the fun-and-happy-go-lucky-chick who had many ‘friends’. I tried to be everybody for everyone. I was changing and reinventing myself all the time, depending on the occasion and on the person I was with.
Tiring? Absolutely. It was lonely and confusing as well. I grew so tired of being someone that I knew deep inside that I wasn’t. It wasn’t until my 30s that I realised during a self development training how important sharing was. That is is ok to share. That you create relationships by opening up.
Uncovering yourself is part of the path. Starting to love yourself is an important part of the journey to ‘self’ as well. And slowly, very slowly, I found my ‘self’. That brave, insecure yet always positive person that bumps into tables and chairs. That is impatient with her loved ones but cares for them beyond early limits. That loves durian and doesn’t care what other people thin of that. Because that is what makes me. My love for durians. My mooring moods. My addiction to shopping and other flaws that I have and accept… My passion for helping others. And my impatience with other road users. And my ability to accept myself with all my good traits and all my flaws. Happily.