Petra Velzeboer

Keynote Speaker, TedX, HR Consultant, Psychotherapis, Cult Survivor, Mental Health Expert, CEO of PVL, Moderator and Inspirational Thought Leader on the topic of Mental Health at the New World of Work.
FEE : £3k – £5k+

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Petra brings a human experience to everything she does. Dynamic, funny and practical, audiences leave her talks changed and ready to take action.

Challenging both personal and organisational responsibility for mental health at work, her personal experience of growing up globally creates impact on virtual platforms and in places like Washington, London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Europe and South Africa.  She seamlessly dances between clinical advice and expertise for HR and Leaders to sharing her moving story of being raised in a cult and building her own resilience from rock bottom.

Invest in your employees with a dynamic and uplifting keynote on Mental Health at Work:

  • Petra highlights the business case for mental health at work with Senior Leadership, highlighting practical skills for making authentic culture change
  • She helps Human Resources understand that mental health can longer be a tick box but must be strategic and embedded in everything we do in order to help retain talent, reduce absenteeism and increase innovation in a new world of work.
  • All employees are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their mental health and supported to be the change they want to see in the world.
  • Petra has a well rounded approach to mental health and always connects the dots between a leader’s mental health and wellbeing to the employees mental health and wellbeing. These two go hand in hand.

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Petra is known for her ability to bring humour and lightness to a traditionally heavy topic. She believes that mental health is about everyone and, influenced by positive psychology, is about creating cultures where we talk about what thriving looks like not just what to do when people have poor mental health

Petra is a psychotherapist, executive coach and holds an MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development. She is the founder of Mental Health Consultancy PVL and started her business out of acute frustration having worked in the wellbeing industry and realised people were talking a good game but were often toxic on the inside. Her mission was set to see if she could create a business that fully lived it’s values and proved that a mentally healthy culture was possible at every level of the business.

With Petra’s clear expertise you would think this was always her plan. This couldn’t be further from the truth. She was actually born and raised in the notorious religious cult, The Children of God, growing up in communes across the globe believing the world was going to end.  She didn’t go to school and as a teenager felt confused and lost, descending into alcohol addiction and depression.

At 23 she was a young mother, had moved to London and had no future mapped out – ostracised from any community she knew. This experience of isolation, loneliness and avoiding taking responsibility for her state of mind is akin to how many of us have been feeling throughout the pandemic. The rules we had for life no longer applied and we’ve had to evolve our wellbeing tools and community as well as question friends and even our own thinking as we learn to thrive in unprecedented times.

Desperate and suicidal, she reached a catalyst moment deciding she could no longer be a victim of her past and began the slow journey to health, resilience, education and eventually an illustrious career.

She viscerally describes the moment she wanted to end everything and the secondary thought that came into her mind – the thought that she could postpone taking her life for just one year. She now had a way out and it opened up a small window of possibility. In this year she was determined to experiment with all the ways she could improve her mental health and overall life. She describes how this year came and went and life wasn’t perfect but she had learned a few things – including how we can teach ourselves to be happy. We can learn how to improve our mental health and over time we can radically alter the trajectory of our lives.

Her message is one of hope in darkness and practical advice and support through any challenge.  Her audience will laugh, they will cry and ultimately they will leave with ideas for change for both them and people around them.

Her experience of a toxic cult influences her ability to assess toxic workplaces and her education and global experience allows her to quickly see the challenge and advise on practical solutions for real world change.

She is the CEO of a thriving mental health consultancy and training company that teaches individuals and teams how practising courage and vulnerability enhances productivity, fulfilment and happiness. Her keynotes are motivational, inspirational and filled with practical tools for tackling the mental illness epidemic that is rampant through our schools, workplaces and families.

Featured Topics Include:

1
Wellbeing in times of change

Investing in your mindset and building resilience can be challenging during times of uncertainty, this keynote will help you tackle:

  • The mental attitude necessary for evolving our approach to a new world of work
  • Investing in your mindset to sustain success
  • Creating psychologically safe culture to help people thrive
  • Retaining talent
  • Effective change management
2
Building a strategic approach to mental health awareness

Only focussing on mental health on awareness days is now seen as a tickbox and no longer sufficient for a post-pandemic world. Covid-19 has increased rates of poor mental health globally which means in order to evolve your workforce, this must be a key objective at all levels of the business including Senior Leadership, HR and your Mental Health Champion Networks:  This talk will:

  • Provide mental health awareness to all levels of the business
  • Highlight the benefits of a mental health plan and simplify the steps to creating one
  • Offer insight on supporting others who may be struggling with their mental health
  • Bring this strategy to life for employees, wellbeing leads and management
3
Building grit in a noisy world

Stress and building resilience are big buzz words in organizations. We want our people to be able to handle what life throws at them and thank us for the opportunity! This talk provides practical tools for managing stress, avoiding burnout and developing a mindset that sustains long term success. It includes:

  • Practical tools for building resilience and developing self awareness
  • Reframing our leadership approach to one of courage and vulnerability
  • Understanding burnout and the physiological impact of long term stress
  • Intentional investment in our wellbeing
4
Managing remote teams

In a hybrid world, building remote culture and managing remote teams is a crucial skill to ensure talent retention and high productivity. This talk includes:

  • Leadership skills for a hybrid world
  • Building culture, trust and psychological safety
  • Practical check in exercises and questions
  • Top Tips for effective team meetings
  • Noticing poor mental health virtually - and what to do about it!
5
Leadership, performance, and mental health

Many leaders and managers are tired, burnt out and feeling compassion fatigue! It seems the role has expanded to include emotional support, listening and making sure everyone else is ok. Well what about you?? This talk highlights the pressure leaders experience, how their mental health is more important than ever and how leading by example creates lasting culture change. Petra includes:

  • Practicing empathy is not being a pushover
  • Understand limits and boundaries - and communicate them to your team
  • Empowering employees to take personal responsibility for their wellbeing
  • Leadership skills for a new world of work
  • Expert advice on the line between performance and mental health
6
Moderation and hosting events on wellbeing and mental health

Petra is a dynamic host and moderator of podcasts and live events highlighting the expertise of others on the topics of personal development, leadership and mental health.

7
Education sector

Petra’s career started in youth mental health and the education sector. Working for charities such as Catch22, Young Minds and The Mix as well as working as a parent and youth psychotherapist, she is well versed in the ever-growing challenge of poor mental health within this sector. Her story and organisational expertise, enables her to speak dynamically to:

  • Head Teacher networks who want to focus on mental health strategy
  • Teachers and staff empowering them to lead by example
  • Students who are looking for inspiration in creating a career they love no matter what challenges are in their past.
1
Wellbeing in times of change

Investing in your mindset and building resilience can be challenging during times of uncertainty, this keynote will help you tackle:

  • The mental attitude necessary for evolving our approach to a new world of work
  • Investing in your mindset to sustain success
  • Creating psychologically safe culture to help people thrive
  • Retaining talent
  • Effective change management
2
Building a strategic approach to mental health awareness

Only focussing on mental health on awareness days is now seen as a tickbox and no longer sufficient for a post-pandemic world. Covid-19 has increased rates of poor mental health globally which means in order to evolve your workforce, this must be a key objective at all levels of the business including Senior Leadership, HR and your Mental Health Champion Networks:  This talk will:

  • Provide mental health awareness to all levels of the business
  • Highlight the benefits of a mental health plan and simplify the steps to creating one
  • Offer insight on supporting others who may be struggling with their mental health
  • Bring this strategy to life for employees, wellbeing leads and management
3
Building grit in a noisy world

Stress and building resilience are big buzz words in organizations. We want our people to be able to handle what life throws at them and thank us for the opportunity! This talk provides practical tools for managing stress, avoiding burnout and developing a mindset that sustains long term success. It includes:

  • Practical tools for building resilience and developing self awareness
  • Reframing our leadership approach to one of courage and vulnerability
  • Understanding burnout and the physiological impact of long term stress
  • Intentional investment in our wellbeing
4
Managing remote teams

In a hybrid world, building remote culture and managing remote teams is a crucial skill to ensure talent retention and high productivity. This talk includes:

  • Leadership skills for a hybrid world
  • Building culture, trust and psychological safety
  • Practical check in exercises and questions
  • Top Tips for effective team meetings
  • Noticing poor mental health virtually - and what to do about it!
5
Leadership, performance, and mental health

Many leaders and managers are tired, burnt out and feeling compassion fatigue! It seems the role has expanded to include emotional support, listening and making sure everyone else is ok. Well what about you?? This talk highlights the pressure leaders experience, how their mental health is more important than ever and how leading by example creates lasting culture change. Petra includes:

  • Practicing empathy is not being a pushover
  • Understand limits and boundaries - and communicate them to your team
  • Empowering employees to take personal responsibility for their wellbeing
  • Leadership skills for a new world of work
  • Expert advice on the line between performance and mental health
6
Moderation and hosting events on wellbeing and mental health

Petra is a dynamic host and moderator of podcasts and live events highlighting the expertise of others on the topics of personal development, leadership and mental health.

7
Education sector

Petra’s career started in youth mental health and the education sector. Working for charities such as Catch22, Young Minds and The Mix as well as working as a parent and youth psychotherapist, she is well versed in the ever-growing challenge of poor mental health within this sector. Her story and organisational expertise, enables her to speak dynamically to:

  • Head Teacher networks who want to focus on mental health strategy
  • Teachers and staff empowering them to lead by example
  • Students who are looking for inspiration in creating a career they love no matter what challenges are in their past.
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Petra certainly knows her stuff and has the ability to put it across in a no nonsense, practical and highly inspirational way. She brings the perfect balance of support and challenge to everything that she does.
We were lucky to have Petra support a number of events and it was a pleasure to work with her. A pleasure that I hope that we will be able to repeat again soon.

BP

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The speech that Petra did at our annual staff meeting was invaluable. ‘Speech’ doesn’t encapsulate the true reflection of the day; it was an experience. Within the hour we were speaking openly and creating a thought-provoking dialogue about mental health, not only in the workplace, but in our personal lives too.

Macquarie Group

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