Wendy De Macker

Specialisation

  • Target group: Children / Youth / Adults / Couples / Families / Organisations
  • Challenges: Destructive Coping / Acting Out Behaviour / Parenting / Attachment Disorders / Dysfunctional Family Strategies / Relationship Issues / Stress Management
  • Approach: Individual & Systemic Therapy / Cognitive & Behavioural Therapy / Schema Therapy / Gottman Institute
  • Methods: Identity Empowerment / Emotion & Anger Management / Substance Abuse Treatment / Social Skills & Group Training / Supervision

 

Experience

  • Palmhuis – De Jutters | mental health care institution for youth department of Forensic Psychiatry | NL
  • De Waag | Forensic Psychiatry health care institution | NL
  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) | Youth Care Foundation Social worker | NL

 

Education

Vizazi Training & Counselling Services

‘Professional counsellor in systemic therapy with strong focus on family therapy and youth interventions’

Approach

‘Leading from one step behind’

I am known as a pragmatic and barefoot counsellor. In the process of empowering a person and redesigning their future, I coach my clients closely and carefully in order to create ownership of their life. I always ‘lead them from one step behind’, whereas my proactive, respectful and curious attitude is the most valuable tool in my work. My client’s needs are my starting point and I always include key influencers from the clients’ context who contribute positively to the desirable change.

 

Background 

’I worked with the most diverse clients in different settings in Nairobi and the Netherlands’

As counsellor and supervisor of Vizazi I challenged myself since my studies in social work by topping off my education with a master’s degree on systemic therapy like MST (Multi Systemic Therapy), MDFT (Multi Dimensional Family Therapy) and intergenerational therapy. I got out of my comfort zone by travelling through more than thirty countries and exposing myself as a counsellor in the Netherlands, India, Ghana and Kenya.

 

During the last 16 years I worked with the most vulnerable clients in different settings in Nairobi and the Netherlands. I operated in critical circumstances with youth and multi problem families when I was attached for 7 years to the Crisis Team of Youth Care in the Netherlands. Severe neglect, (sexual) abuse and domestic violence were the main issues. In the last 8 years I practised counselling in the forensic psychiatry specialised in reforming hardcore delinquent and addicted youth by making use of the powers existing in their social ecology. Working with youth and complex systems I discovered that acting out behaviour are mostly symptoms connected to emotional neglect, stress and trauma.

 

Currently I am working in Nairobi where I focus on implementing training programs in local slum areas next to offer my high quality services on counselling to a broad range of clientele from any background. Next to my experience as a counsellor I incorporated skills on supervision, leadership and policy development in my variable work settings. Besides this I always took the new professional generation on board to groom them in this dynamic work field. Personal characteristics are being committed, directive, analytic and proactive. I am known to have integrity and am transparent. These attributes contribute to a balanced and safe team spirit.

 

Welcome!
For any question or a consult, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me:
+254 (0) 713 678 422 | wdemacker@vizazi.org
Wendy De Macker

Vizazi Foundation

‘Building communities starts with building youth’

 

Community work was part of my upbringing. Strong messages given by my parents influenced my view on the world:

  • ‘Be inspired by the person itself and not a title or degree’.
  • ‘From each person out of every corner of society you can learn’.
  • ‘Communities are built by people’

Strong statements that never left my mind. From a young age, my values were molded into an approach of life in which I was aware that I was more than privileged. The fact that I could sharpen my intelligence by education embedded in a peaceful and loving home was magical to me.

 

With the tendency to live my life to the max and convinced that magic happens outside your comfort zone, I was introduced to the unique setting of the informal settlement Mathare in Nairobi in 2003. Youth are exposed daily to a risky lifestyle and tempted to step into a shortcut of prostitution or crime. Stunned by their dynamics and creativity I realised that youth in these settings were the embodiment of life force. I imagined that if high quality guidance were offered to this growing generation, it could make a difference. To achieve this became my ambition and goal. In 2011 I started a pilot on counselling in the society of Mathare. In close collaboration and on request of the local organisations the pilot became a success and resulted in the realisation of the `Social Upgrading Program` | SUP.