Petra Velzeboer

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 is a renowned mental health expert, TedX speaker and CEO of mental health consultancy, PVL. She captures, surprises, and inspires audiences with her incredible story of transforming adversity into advantage, and challenges them to take responsibility for their mental health.

Petra was born and raised in the infamous Children of God cult, conditioned to believe that she was being groomed to save the world. Having escaped that world, she now talks to audiences about her ultimate rock bottom, her battle with mental illness including addiction and depression, and her subsequent transformation leading to her founding a flourishing mental health business.

With her core values of lightness, bravery and responsibility shining through at all times, she is bold in her approach to mental health, normalizing our human experiences and even helping people to see the humour in our humanness. Petra is a psychotherapist with an MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development and is a qualified ORSC & CTI Certified Coach.


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, a half-day or full-day workshop or a full online or face-to-face programme. 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.

  • Resilience, stress management and burnout prevention
  • Leadership & psychological safety for healthy teams
  • Wellbeing through change and uncertainty
  • Parenting and young people’s mental health
  • Shifting stigma and raising awareness of mental illness



“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.”

“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

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