Hi! My name is Francina de Pater-Huijsen.

I am married and we have 3 beautiful kids (1 daughter, 2 sons).

My hobbies are: spending time with people, travelling, reading, walking and nature.

During my study at Wageningen University I lived for some time in Latin America. I noticed that I really liked it to connect with people, experience other cultures and learn another language. This knowledge and these skills I could use very well in my work for Foundation De Haven. I started to work there in 1998 as a volunteer and from 2002 till 2012 I was manager. I got a lot of experience offering pastoral and social care to people in prostitution.

Now, I work part-time for IFES-Netherlands. I coach the student workers who are involved in projects for international students.

In 2003-2004 I did the study Psycho Pastoral Care.

In 2008 I started a study Counselling and Coaching of the Dutch Academy for Counselling and Coaching which I successfully completed one year later. Subsequently, I did a year of specialization and I graduated in the specialization: Trauma counselling, violence and conflict counselling, and conflict handling.

At Foundation Groundwork I followed a 3-year study pastoral counselling and integrative therapy.

In 2009 I started my own practice Precious Counselling & Coaching. “Precious” because I believe that every person is precious and valuable. It is my desire that my clients through the sessions and training reach their purpose.