I’m Shanna.

My goal is to help you cherish a joyful family life.

The notion of perfect parents or perfect children is a myth. What’s real and attainable is embracing our perfectly imperfect selves, striving daily to be the best versions of who we are.

Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-Sabi is a profound Japanese philosophy that teaches us to find beauty in life’s imperfections and to appreciate the unique qualities in ourselves and others. It’s a reminder that our flaws are what make us uniquely beautiful and serve as a bridge connecting us with one another. My journey with perfectionism and the brink of burnout has led me to deeply resonate with the principles of Wabi-Sabi. This philosophy has been my beacon, guiding me to relish the complexities of daily life and its myriad challenges. It has shifted my perspective from rigid expectations to a more flexible understanding of how things can be, encouraging me to better recognize and fulfill my own needs for happiness and well-being.

Most significantly, Wabi-Sabi has taught me to cherish the ‘perfect imperfections’ within myself and my family, fostering growth without hindering our collective journey. It’s an ongoing process in our household, where each of us strives to acknowledge and meet our individual needs. I am here to extend this philosophy to your family, offering guidance on how to openly discuss and satisfy these personal needs together.

Wabi-Sabi (n.) the discovery of beauty in imperfection

Wabi Sabi Coach

Welcome to Wabi Sabi Coach! I’m Shanna, a fervent believer in the transformative power of art therapy and family coaching. My professional and personal paths have been intricately woven together by my experiences as a mother, an art therapist, and a coach. My dedication is to nurturing robust, resilient family bonds through understanding, empathy, and effective communication.

My educational journey is a cornerstone of my practice. I hold a degree in Art Therapy (ArAt), where I learned the profound impact of creative expression on healing and understanding. Further enriching my expertise, I’ve delved into Family Constellations, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the arts, and Non-Violent Communication (NVC). These disciplines have not only expanded my professional repertoire but have also deeply influenced my approach to coaching and therapy.

I prioritize listening with an open mind and heart, fostering an environment where every family member feels heard and understood. My background spans across the corporate and nonprofit sectors, freelancing in creative fields, and the deeply personal realm of motherhood. This blend of experiences enables me to relate to and assist other parents navigating the complexities of modern family life.

Before founding Wabi Sabi Coach, my career took me through event management for notable organisations such as Booking.com and the Dutch Refugee Council, and work as a freelance makeup artist. The birth of my daughter was a turning point, steering me towards a path that truly resonated with my heart — supporting families. Motivated by this new direction, I returned to academia to secure my diploma as a family coach, leading to the inception of Wabi Sabi Coach in Amsterdam.

At Wabi Sabi Coach, we combine the healing power of art with strategic family coaching techniques. Our mission is to empower parents and their children to forge not just stronger family ties but also to contribute to building thriving, joyful communities.

Embark on this transformative journey with me. Together, we’ll discover pathways to happiness, understanding, and connection within your family, turning your aspirations into tangible realities.