Your Full Potential Realisation starts with your Power Self
Transform your inner patterns now
With 14 years of medical professional and humanitarian leadership experience,
I support executives, individuals, groups and teams to maximise their
potential with a human centered approach for greater impact and effectiveness.
Born and raised in Aruba I pursued a medical career in the Netherlands before moving to London. Committed to a career of humanitarian service, I have worked as a reconstructive plastic surgeon junior and still work as a doctor within the National Health Service.
In this work I have experienced vulnerability and its ability to elevate growth and development in a human-to-human way. I have applied this learning of over 15 years in roles on executive boards and 20+ positions of responsibility in international humanitarian and global health organisations in charge of governance decisions, leading groups of 3000+ individuals and in the design and delivery of group leadership and soft skills development programs for humanitarian advocates.
As a leader on the local, national, regional, and international level of the several global health leadership organisations representing over 1.3 million of the globe's advocates, doctors and surgeons, and developed extensive experience creating success in resource limited conditions by tapping into the internal systems that drive individuals and connect groups of leaders to work together to make a difference.
My unique combination of skills and experience enables me to support my clients to transform themselves into effective and impactful humans in their careers and lives. I am a Co-Active Training Institute Certified Coach and UNICO Executive Coach and have also completed the Quantum Endeavors® Executive Team Coaching and Onboarding & Upboarding Coaching training and have earned the Associate Certified Coach credential from the International Coaching Federation. I am also a qualified soft skills Leadership Trainer and have delivered over 100 different trainings around the world.
Together we bring awareness to your inner patterns and respect that the patterns you have in place have developed in order to help you survive throughout life. They will show up in your life in many different ways, shapes or forms.
Using a trauma-informed approach we gently build awareness around these dynamics and empower you to get more access to your Power Self. Your Power Self is the state you are in when you are most confident, connected, curious and courageous while also being creative and calm with clarity on what feels right for you. Throughout our work we design tools for you to be able to find pathways to this leadership state. Regardless of the challenges that life brings, our Power Selves are always within us.
It is my absolute honour and privilege to be invited to this meaningful work. I aim to bring respect to the diversity we each have and adapt to meet you where you are on your journey.
“My coaching sessions with Zavira always feel like eating a cinnamon roll backwards. We start unrolling it from the outside till we reach the inner moist and juicy bits. She is very skillful in holding my hand at the seemingly quiet surface and then diving deep with me to connect me to my inner self to untangle the messy parts and get a clear grounded vision of where I am and where I want to be or what I need to focus on next.
I tremendously enjoy our sessions together and highly recommend coaching with her.”
- Lama Khsearoof, Alef Yaa Content Solutions
“Zavira was my coach for a number of months. During that time I learnt so much about myself, my thought patterns and habits. Zavira is an exceptional coach. She is very professional, skilled at what she does and has a gentle approach. All of this combined really enables key insights and personal growth.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.”
- Jasmine Navarro, Family & Executive Well-being Expert
“How to describe all those thoughts, feelings and soul resonating moments with Zavira. One way is to say I'm grateful for those moments. They've brought me from turmoil to inner peace on many occasions. So in the moment it helped me get clarity in a way that wasn't just a momentarily surface change. But a, deeply transformative, connecting parts of the inner self, kind of way. The moments with Zavira were also a catalyst to find passion for my own side quest of self development with a deep dive into parts of the frameworks and science behind her coaching.
Thank you for the time and space you provide Zavira!”
- Petra van Pijkeren, Trainer & Medical Student
“I had coaching sessions with Zavira when I was moving countries and it was exactly what I needed at the time to find my footing in a new environment. She is an active listener who helped me change my vague trepidations to achievable action plans. In short, Zavira is very good at what she does and I highly recommend her coaching sessions.”
- Pratiksha Panthee, General Practitioner in Training
“My work with Zavira was incredible, she was able to connect me with my inner self to a very deep level and guide me to communicate with my most hidden parts. I truly recommend a journey with Zavira!
She will help you to understand, love and work on yourself.”
- Irene Cosentini, Surgical Doctor
“Last winter I was looking for someone to help me navigate the transitional period of moving cities, changing living situations all during Covid times. Zavira helped me listen to all the different parts of me that required attention.
Most importantly, she taught me to do this myself.”
- Loes Heemskerk, Water Technology Project Developer
“Zavira is an amazing human. As a coach, she created a safe space to share my thoughts, experiences and be fully vulnerable. She is encouraging and listens with so much love, compassion and empathy.”
- Khadija Alsheikh, Dancer
“In the Soul Circles Zavira gave a lot of time and space to explore and guide also with personal coaching time - definitely appreciated that. On safety; She emphasised to create a safe space with words and actions, can't applaud that loud enough.
Love how she takes the time to explain more of the framework. It helps me paint a picture of what is behind the things she is doing. I appreciate her celebrative nature, where she also jokes around and lets herself be.”
- Petra van Pijkeren, Trainer & Medical Student
“Besides the positive energy and support within the group I enjoyed how mindful Zavira was of every participant. I felt she was so amazing at extracting the essentials from whatever was being said and was great at refocusing whenever someone got off track. Her prompts and questions went to the core of things and made abstract things tangible. I appreciated also the humour and the authenticity. She has so much warmth in her, I always enjoy it very much and it makes it easy to open up to her and feel comfortable.”
- Mirjam Ryter, Internal Medicine Specialist Consultant
Training, Qualifications & Experience
Founder & CEO of Power Selves, CPCC, ICF ACC, BSc, MBBS, MSc, MD
Co-Active Certified Professional Coach, Certified Executive Coach
Neurodiversity, Internal Family Systems & Trauma-informed
International Coach Federation (ICF)
The International Coach Federation is the professional association for personal and business coaches worldwide.
Coaches can become accredited by the ICF. Members of ICF are accountable to a professional code of ethics.
Co-Active Training Institute (CTI)
The Co-Active Professional Coach Training is widely recognized as the most rigorous professional coach training and certification program in the industry. As the largest and most established professional coach training organization in the world, CTI has trained over 130,000 coaches, including employees in more than a third of the Fortune 100 companies.
CTI founders’ involvement with the ICF from its very inception has resulted in a significant influence on the industry, including much of the ICF framework of coaching competencies and ethics. CTI was the very first coach training organization to be accredited by the ICF and is an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP).
Completion of the Certification Program earns 178.75 ICF in-class contact hours.
Executive Coaching Training
Executive Coaching ÚNICO Program 15 CCE ICF credits run by Master Executive Coaches. Focussed on expanding the humanity of the executive. Structured in the language of corporate for maximum effectiveness, impact and growth.
Pink Therapy Directory
The UK’s largest independent therapy & coaching organisation working with gender and sexual diversity clients. Acting as a conduit between LGBTQIA+ clients seeking qualified and experienced coaches and therapists in private practice who adopt a sexuality and gender affirmative stance to their work.