Wendela Elsen - OpenRabbit Coaching

Wendela Elsen - OpenRabbit Coaching

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About me

My name is Wendela Elsen and I am an experienced Life Coach.

Do you wish life was a little bit more about you?

You've been looking after other people for a while now: children, husband, parents or clients, colleagues and bosses at work.

How are you feeling?
- lost sight of your dreams and aspirations?
- lacking in purpose and getting little fulfilment out of daily life?
- frustrated, or even angry, about the lack of attention for you and what you want out of life?

What holds you back?
It's not always clear, but you may feel anxious and have lost confidence in doing something for yourself.

If some or all of this is true, life coaching may be for you.

Life coaching offers a quiet space and dedicated time to examine what is going on in your life right now, to discover what the obstacles or challenges might be and to choose a course of action to build your life as you want it.

For a confidential chat to find out if life coaching could benefit you, contact me at wendela.elsen@openrabbit.com or by telephone 07544431222.

How does life coaching work?
In a coaching session we sit down together and identify the things in life that inspire you, that give you energy and motivation. These are the things that we want more of and we will explore how we can achieve them. We will also record the things that hold you back and think of strategies for how to avoid these situations. Ultimately, we want you to feel comfortable that you can achieve your goals. I am passionate about helping you on this journey.

The number of coaching sessions needed differs per person and you decide what your needs are. It could be just a couple of sessions, or up to several months of coaching. Again, you lead the way.

At the end of each session we set homework to do before the next session. This homework varies in time and in format. It could mean making a phone call to get some information relating to your goals or trying out a different approach to a challenging situation.

When are you ready to end our coaching sessions?

- when you are happy and clear about your goals;

- when you are confident about the path to achieving your goals;

- when you feel you can manage the challenges on the way;

- when you feel you are in charge of your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have 25 years of corporate experience as an HR professional in four different countries (UK, Netherlands, Taiwan, Japan). As an HR Director for a professional services firm I provided business coaching to professionals at all levels. As an independent coach I have given life coaching to individuals at a point in their lives where they lost focus and needed to rethink their goals. I have worked with many women who wanted to overcome their anxieties and find the confidence to follow their dreams and aspirations. I have also helped working parents to find the right work/life balance and I have supported 'empty nesters' and expat wives find a new purpose in life.

Apart from my background in business I am also a mother of three teenagers. Over the years there have been occasions when I felt I had to change direction, refocus and find a new purpose. I have always found it very useful to seek the help of a professional coach to guide me towards that next step. I can recommend it!

I have a Masters in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam. I was trained by CTI (The Coaches Training Institute) in 2007 and I had regular coaching training in the international firms I worked with.

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Other areas of coaching I deal with

In addition to the above mentioned coaching areas I have a particular interest in working with working young parents, 'empty nesters' and expat-spouses.


I have been a coachee myself at several points in my life and I know that it is important that you feel a good connection with your coach. The relationship has to work. Therefore, I always start with a phone call of up to 30 minutes in which we discuss what you are looking for and how we could work together. This will be free of charge. Once you have decided that you want to go ahead my fees are as follows:

One hour life coaching £85

One hour business coaching £100

The first session will take 1.5 hours and will be charged at 1.5 x hourly rate. If five sessions are booked at once you will receive five sessions for the price of four.

Coaching sessions can take place at my home office or at a location of your choice (your office or quiet public space). Travel expenses will be charged at cost in case of meetings away from my home office.

Epsom, KT18

Type of session

Online life coaching: Yes
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Dutch


Wheelchair access: No

If it is difficult to come to my home office, we can discuss where else we could meet.


I am available on weekdays (9:00 - 15:00), Tuesdays and Thursday evenings (20:00 - 22:00) and weekends upon request. Any time outside these hours can be discussed.