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Name                          Claudia van Zuiden

Region                         Scotland




About Claudia van Zuiden

image Hello there! My name is Claudia van Zuiden, and am the owner and Director of Solution Ways, Centre for Wellness and Well-being. Besides working as a Solution Focused Brief Therapist (SFBT), I also facilitate workshops in teaching Solution Focused interventions for managers, teachers, youth-workers, volunteers and mental health nursing staff and students in the UK and abroad. I also work part-time for the NHS as a member of the community nursing team. Many people nowadays are looking for positive support and solutions to their problems in their lives, and find it helpful to work with a therapist/coach who motivates them and helps them to reach their set goals or preferred future. The support I give in SFBT sessions with clients, elicits the client's strengths and skills that they have already and explores how the client can apply more of these strengths and skills into their personal and/or professional life to reach their desired goal. At workplaces and in work performances/supervision/ management, we also explore what is working already in the team or workplace and we will explore how we can apply more of these personal- and/or team-skills into the workplace. This is positive, solution focused team-management which is highly motivational and inspiring. In Solution Focused Practice, progress can be measured, which is extremely effective. So…tell me some more: Claudia was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Claudia moved to Scotland where she dedicated time to bringing up her two children. Claudia practiced yoga and meditation since the age of 15 and became a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher in 2001 and 5 Tibetan Yoga teacher in 2008. Claudia has studied Buddhism for over 20 years and teaches meditation techniques to beginners and advanced meditation practitioners alike. She is the founder of the Wo'moon Circle of One in Scotland, where she since 2005, created a platform for women to empower, support and inspire each other. This group has now grown to three sub-groups, where each group specialises in specific age-groups and topics related to these groups and is run by a core group of women who voluntarily support other women. In 2012 Claudia was invited to Poland to co-facilitate a weekend in leading women to learn skills for empowerment and well-being. Naturally Claudia seems to look at solutions in challenging situations, so it is no surprise that she was attracted to the Solution Focused Brief Therapy technique and trained as a SFBT therapist at Robert Gordon's University, Aberdeen, Scotland,UK. Claudia is also the founder of 'The Hive' Group (started in 2013) . The Hive is a support network and platform for business women, women entrepreneurs, women in leadership roles, women who are looking for inspiration to continue their creative and productive ideas and/or any other women who feel that they might benefit of actively participating in this group. So, what is Solution Focused Brief Therapy? Solution Focused Brief Therapy or SFBT, is a form of talking therapy that looks at solutions rather than problems. The emphasis will be on the preferred future (goal setting) or on times when the problem is not happening. In this way, clients can find out about their own strengths and skills and investigate how they applied or apply some of these skills in previous and/ or other situations. These findings are used to work towards finding solutions, whether this involves personal or professional life matters. Claudia found many similarities in the Buddhist philosophy and in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and introduced Solution Focused Interventions in Nepal in 2011, where she was invited by the Department of Psychology to teach at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. As part of her philosophy in ’Paying-it-forward' she has trained students, counselors and mental health workers in Nepal in Solution Focused Interventions Skills for free. She has been raising money to be able to train for free. She also gave training in the solution focused interventions in November 2012 at the Nepal Mental Health Foundation and had delivered post trauma solution focused supervision training in June 2015 in Nepal. Her aim is to bring this technique more to the awareness in professional and volunteer institutions in developing countries, where there is very little mental health support. Claudia has been working as therapist in Solution Focused Brief Therapy since 2002 and trains, as well as in the UK as abroad, others in this technique in a motivational and inspiring way. For information on consultations or workshops or speaking seminars, please contact Claudia at: To read about Claudia's work in Solution Focused Practice in Nepal, please visit this website: Claudia is also on FB and Twitter with Solution Ways and you can connect with her on Linkedin too.


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Find out more about Solution Ways: A Creative Practice for Solution Orientated Therapy and Wellbeing ~ Solution Focused Therapy Consultations ~ Solution and Progress Focused Business Coaching ~ Solution Focused Leadership Training ~ Solution Focused Interventions Workshops ~ Meditation and Relaxation Workshops ~ 5 Tibetan Yogas, Hatha Yoga, individual and group sessions ~ Usui Reiki training and treatments, individual and group sessions Opening times: By appointment: Email: Phone: 07766710259 Follow on Twitter: Solution Ways Linkedin: Claudia van Zuiden Blog/ website:

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