Guus Zijlstra Coaching

Coaching & Training

Compass in the search for self-realization

"Your passion is waiting for your courage to catch up"

Recognize this?

  • You get easily overwhelmed
  • You seek for confirmation of who you are and what you do, outside yourself;
  • You feel like life is happening to you, you feel like a passenger instead of the driver
  • You have lost connection with yourself and others
  • Je hebt vaak weinig energie;
  • You feel like you have to do so much, from others but also yourself!
  • There is so much more to you, but how do you get it out?
  • You like to set the bar high, but sometimes a little less would be nice
  • You shy away from confrontation and quickly feel rejected.

Is this what you want?

  • Taking control of your life and making choices that serve you;
  • Dare to trust yourself, know and feel what is good for you.
  • Insight into who you are, what drives you, your pitfalls, talents and passion
  • Spent less time in your head, feel more connected to yourself and the world around you;
  • Be less guided by fear;
  • Experience more (self) love, compassion and pleasure in your life;
  • Setting clearer boundaries and more focus in your work.

"Being a fish out of water is tough, but that's how you evolve"

Great, I still have your attention. The example of the fish illustrates that you only grow if you are willing to leave your comfort zone. Only when things become uncomfortable does room for growth arise. How nice it is to be supported in your journey of self-discovery. Together we unravel the layers you have built up and bring your authentic 'self' to the light.

Het is tijd om te leven in overeenstemming met wie je werkelijk bent. Geen quick fixes, maar een kompas voor jouw zoektocht naar zelfrealisatie. Het is immers jouw leven! Neem de leiding, ontdek je kracht en leef een leven dat klopt met wie je diep van binnen bent. Ben je klaar voor de reis? Laten we samen op avontuur gaan.

Why choose for Guus Zijlstra coaching?

I see great value for anyone who really wants to get to know and develop themselves. This is to develop personal leadership, enter into meaningful relationships and give meaning to life. You can only start giving when you have learned to give yourself. Then it is essential that you 'know' what needs you have to fulfill within yourself. You need a good coach for that, someone who listens to you, really listens and guides you to your deep core, your essence. This is where the answers await you.

For academics, tailor-made in-company or individually, directly applicable, direct results.

“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it”

Kahlil Gibran


What I offer


I offer different coaching programs, starting from 5 sessions. These sessions last 60 minutes. The private rate is € 99,- ex. VAT per session. If the costs are reimbursed by the employer, the rate is € 150 ex. VAT per session.

Curious about what I can do for you? Click here to make an appointment for an intake interview. Then we will discuss your questions, see if there is a match and when you can start a process.

In-company training

In-company, together with you, I develop a training course tailored to the wishes and needs of the group. This is often a combination of training and coaching, but that is also in consultation. I develop training courses focused on dealing with stress, stimulus processing (over- and understimulation), boundaries and leadership.

I also pay attention to the highly sensitive employee. Research (HSP and work, 2017) shows that this group is overrepresented in burnout figures. The goal of this training is both awareness and prevention of dropouts. In my training I use the latest scientific insights. 

Lezingen / Workshops

From my background as a neuro- and behavioural biologist, I give lectures and workshops on various themes such as high sensitivity, stimulus processing, the influence of social media and leadership.

Want to know about what I can do for your organization?

About me

Guus Zijlstra

I spent a large part of my life searching. Looking for myself, outside myself. To ultimately find out that the only place I can find 'myself' is within 'myself'. I now understand and realize that it takes time to find out that you don't need time. An impactful lesson I have learned is that your entire life takes place in the here and now. You can have thoughts about the future, the past, life only takes place in the present moment and not as a thought in your head.

After studying (neuro and behavioral biology) at Leiden University, I entered the public sector. Here, as a consultant, I have held various positions in the field of the environment, ICT and HR for decades. The common thread in my working life is the curiosity about what moves people and organizations. What are the motivations behind the visible behavior? Whether it concerns a changing information provision or organizational culture. How do you deal with the inevitable resistance you encounter and how do you create a leadership culture?

Ultimately, my interest in human behavior led to taking various courses in the field of coaching and personal development. This allowed me to start my own practice in 2018. I like to excercise to balance being stuck in my head. I try to spent time in nature every day. This often involves walking, but can also involve running or cycling. My passion is to be in the mountains.

I see it as my mission to spread conscious 'being'. So that you know who you are and what you stand for. A prerequisite for personal leadership, in order to utilize your unique potential.

The past is for learning, the present for living and the future for growing

How you can reach me


Kanaalpark 140
2321JV Leiden


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