Mental Health Consultant, Psychotherapist, Executive Coach, Podcast Host, CEO
Petra’s unique approach to mental health combines clinical expertise, inspiration, humor and passion. She weaves in her remarkable story with energy and offers practical tips for strategic change across organization’s looking to improve employee wellbeing, mental health initiatives and overall happiness and productivity. This includes leadership, implementation and employee engagement in a changing workforce. Petra inspires change both personally and as an organization.
Petra Velzeboer was born into the infamous Children of God cult where she was raised with the pressure of saving the world, with no formal education to speak of or resources on how to make it in the outside world. At 22 she moved to the UK pregnant, isolated from her family and support groups she tried as best she could to just be normal and fit into life on the outside. At 25, with 2 children and a boyfriend who went out to work, she experienced chronic isolation, depression and sank into alcohol dependence leading to suicidal ideation and destructive behaviours.
She has dedicated the last 12 years to learning and experimenting with ways to improve her own mental health, completing her training as a psychotherapist and receiving a MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development.
She specialises in mental health, leadership, strategic change and utilising empathy as a foundation for improving productivity and employee happiness.
Petra helps make Mental Health engaging, personal and funny. She can adapt her keynotes to be more about Mindset, Coaching and Impact rather than use the language around mental health. Some of the organisations Petra has worked with include: Monzo Bank, Spotify, University of Bedfordshire, Amey Construction, UNA Insurance Alliance and MAAG Marketing Community as well as a range of tech start-ups looking to start as they mean to go on, with a robust employee engagement foundation.
You may want to go deeper into a topic for your audience. The keynote topics can be tailored and developed to suit your audience needs, be it a 90 minute Masterclass, half-day, full-day workshop or a full online or face to face programme we can help. Please contact one of our expert team to discuss.
In response to unprecedented times we find ourselves in due to COVID 19 Petra has developed talks in the following areas to help employers and employees cope better and manage their mental health.
- Mindset – how to invest in your mind during difficult times
- Mental Fitness for remote working
- Adapting the 5 ways to wellbeing to isolation
- Managing anxiety
- Suicide Awareness
- Managers Q&A discussion on the topic of wellbeing during times of uncertainty
“Petra’s keynote speech at the UnA conference was incredible. With such a tricky subject to discuss, she got the point across in a way that isn’t too clinical or condescending but was instead, magnificent.
Petra is funny, engaging, to the point and actually knows what she’s talking about! I feel that she’s given me everyday tools to start making mental health a daily conversation with friends, family and colleagues.” Philippa Davis from T L Dallas
Hi Petra, I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for the session you delivered at the Managers conference. It was a very different but very welcome addition to the event.
As a manager I have found it very difficult to address mental health in the workplace…it was very reassuring to hear that sometimes just inviting someone to talk can be enough. I have made a pact with myself to start meaningful conversations in my workplace and will start by leading by example and talk about my own mental health.”
M.C. Amey Construction
“An excellent experience all round. Extremely well organised, comfortable venue and excellent speaker. Petra is open, authentic and warm hearted. Her talk demonstrated command of her subject and her audience and left me with lots of great tips and personal inquiries to work on for my own personal development and growth.”
Richard Carter. LoveX Event
“Petra’s talks were intelligent, compassionate and fun. Both young people and teachers gain so much from her knowledge and expertise. She knows how to make people feel safe and open. The BRIT SCHOOL will look to work with Petra in the future.”
STUART WARDEN, principal of THE BRIT SCHOOL
“The facilitator was very open. Got people talking who are not naturally inclined to do so. Very engaging and I took away and immediate action plan.” COO, Financial Wealth Management Service