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Working my butt off as a physician CEO, I was founder one of the fastest growing outpatient mental healthcare organizations in the Netherlands.
I worked hard, drove long distances (pre-Covid; pre-videoconferencing; do we still remember the old times?) between the 25 or so offices all over the country.
Was it fulfilling? Definitely! Obviously I was extremely proud about our collective achievement; the tens of thousands of patients we helped over the years.
... But ... was it also fun?
Running a rapidly growing mental health organization is tedious to say the least.
Here are some reasons:
The constant discussions with five major insurance companies and over 150 local governments over our contracts
Constant cash flow issues - because of the insurance system we had to be 8 months cash flow positive.
An endless stream of ever changing rules and regulations.
All in all, I had to accept the fact that I was getting burned out. That is nothing to be ashamed of, in the US about half of all physicians have burn out symptoms.
But hey, I was and am a psychiatrist. A wonderful colleague who happened to be mindfulness guru had taught me the art of meditation. I had (and hope still have) insight in what drives me.
So we sold the company.
I went back to seeing patients fulltime.
I loved it!
And then Covid hit.
I worked from home.
We all worked from home.
And then it dawned on me.
I could work from our sailboat.
I tried one summer, and it worked out even better than expected!
The smiles on the faces of my clients when they realized that I was following my dream - using that as guidance for following (or at least dusting off and examining) their own dreams.
We had a number of talks in the family - how did we see the next phase of our lives.
And then we took a leap of faith.
We jumped ship (in this case, on board our sailboat), and we crossed the Atlantic to Curacao. There my family and I found our new home.
I work from home (feels more like heaven) with clients on both sides of the Atlantic - and sometimes a little further.
My three areas of specialization are:
EMDR (trauma therapy)
Psychiatric evaluation of adults
Executive coaching - with a focus on physicians and managers in healthcare and pharma.
I am happy to have a chat to see what I can do for you, your loved ones, or the people in your organization.