My Story

Barbera Schouten, 
Highly Sensitive & Burn-out Expert

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For years I worked in IT in functions varying from web-designer to project manager to agile consultant & trainer. Until a very serious car accident "woke me up"  and I realized that I did not belong in IT. After some soul searching I found out that I would really like to start my own practice and from that moment on I decided to radically change course and to start working towards my dream; having my own practice.

First encounter

After my first encounter with acupuncture, it quickly became clear to me how powerful it was and that it could really help people with problems that western medicine did not have an answer to. Without a moment of doubt I registered myself for the 4 year HBO education to become an acupuncturist. My enthusiasm grew with every new thing I learned, I had found my calling! During my education I came into contact with coaching in nature and again my heart made a little jump in my chest. The foundation for my practice was born.

I am highly sensitive!

When I found out that I was highly sensitive, it turned my world upside down. But at the same time it explained a lot and it also comforted me. Eagerly I read HSP forums and all the books I could find about highsensitivity. The more I read, the more I felt like I was coming home to myself. I am not alone, there are more people like me out there! And it turns out that being highly sensitive is a real asset in my practice and I use it gratefully during my sessions.

Concurring my burnout

After 7 years, my then partner suddenly ended our relationship. At the same time things went wrong at work and I ended up having to move 3 times in a row. As a result I ended up in a burnout. The road to recovery was needlessly long and hard and the standard treatment I was send to, was not helping at all. And I thought to myself: " This has to be better, shorter, more helpful somehow". My experiences inspired me to do what I do now. As an experienced expert I understand wat it is to be burned out and what it takes to get out of that burnout, especially when you are also highly sensitive. A lot of standard treatments don't take your highsensitivity into account when treating your burnout, but I do.

Enriched by experience

All these experiences, how crazy as that might sound, have enriched me and have made me who I am today. Namely a smart, proud, stubborn and independent woman! And suddenly I realized that NOW is the time to follow my heart and to start doing what I feel in my heart is what I really want to do. Having my own practice. Helping other people like me. And to not keep putting the start of my practice off with another course or another training. That is the perfectionist in me :-) She may also exist, but she my not hinder me in making my dreams come true.

Follow your dream

The time has come! The start of my dream, the start of my own practice, it is here!!

I am overjoyed that I did not give up and that I had the courage to follow my heart and make my dream come true. And even though it is really hard sometimes to step out of your comfort zone, I can now say with absolute certainty: It is worth it! I love my job and I love what I do, what more can a person want?

The combination of outdoor coaching, acupuncture and EFT makes it so that I have created a unique treatment approach that is highly effective and for that I am really proud!

My mission

I help highly sensitive people, empaths, intuitives, introverts and extroverted introverts to embrace and overcome your past and to love and accept yourself unconditionally for who you really , so you can connect to your passion, your heart's desire, be(come) your effortless, authentic self and live the life you always wanted (but never thought possible).

Sometimes you need just that little bit more, that personal touch, someone who really listens to you and takes time for you, someone who is flexible enough to change strategies if something is not working, someone who has your best interests at heart and who wants to fight your fight with you. I can be that someone for you! That's why it is my mission to help you to be (come) your true self and to see your sensitivity as the strength that it is.

I don't believe in standard solutions and that's why I create a solution for you, with you. There is room for lots of questions, for showing your emotions and for discussing what's bothering you at that moment. I have found that standard solutions are not for everybody and that everybody is unique in his/her own way.

My (holistic) vision

Within 2BeInBalance I operate from a holistic point of view. That means I don't just treat your symptoms, I look at you as a whole and then I am going to find the possible cause(s) of your symptoms, both physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Then I take away the cause(s) and bring balance back to mind AND body.

Let's get to it!

Do you want to find out what your passion is? Do you want to follow your heart and make your dream(s) come true? Do you want to get out of your burnout, stop having so much stress and be your effortless, authentic self no matter what? Then take the first step today and plan an "Breakthrough Clarity session" with me! I would love to get to know you :-)

Yes, I want to be my effortless, authentic self!



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My Diploma's

  • HBO Acupunctuur
  • Meridian Therapy according to the 5 elements
  • HBO Walking coaching
  • NLP Practitioner
  • HBO Life Coach
  • Reiki 1 & Reiki 2
  • SBF (Soul Body Fusion)
  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
  • Reconnection
  • Massagetherapy

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