I am Alize Roos, born in 1962 in the United States. I was born and raised between cultures. I grew up with stories and pictures and unspoken melancholy. I grew up in between mementos, different traditions and habits, sudden switches in language, different decorations and the smells of cooking at my grandparents house.
My father was a ‘repatriant’: he was 23 years old when he arrived in the Netherlands from the Dutch Indies. He was forced to leave: the Dutch Indies were no longer safe for him due to the changing political climate. My parents were remigrants from the United States of America, the country where I was born. These tangible lines with how it was back then, as well as my being born in the USA, have coloured my life.
I also grew up in between cultures within my family. Since I wasn’t aware of these cultural differences, this brought about tension and uncertainty.
Some key words that describe me are: a people person with good analytical skills, empathetic, calm, respectful, openminded and eager to learn.
Although I am now quite happy with my cultural inheritance, in the past I suffered from the disadvantages of my attachment to more than one culture. I went on a search to find clarity and inner balance. I would never have dreamed that this search would lead me to my passion: helping you and others who live between cultures to find a home within themselves so that they can function better where they are.
My background is broad: I completed a Clinical Pedagogics course at Utrecht University as well as some coaching and counselling courses. I keep up to date by doing advanced training and workshops. Beside this I take part in intervision and supervision groups.