All about me


Culture Shock Coaching is a company of Gerda Ruiter.
Gerda Ruiter left The Netherlands, her home country, in 1995. She lived and worked in Durham, North-East England for 3 years. She studied counseling at the University of Durham. Her first child was born in Durham.

 

In 1998 she and her family moved on to the United States, where they first lived in Tucson, Arizona for 3 years. The family then made Baltimore, Maryland their home for 8 years. Here her second child was born. Worked on the phone for “first call for help”.

She arrived in Germany, in the Potsdam area, in the Summer of 2009.

Her husband is an astrophysicist who once promised her an exciting life and she became the trailing along spouse.

Gerda Ruiter is a nurse by training with General, Mental-Health, including crisis intervention, experience.



WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

NAME:
Gerda Ruiter

EDUCATION:
Nursing BSc., The Netherlands.
Counseling, University of Durham, UK.
Intercultural Mediation, University of Jena, Germany

PROFESIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Mental-health and General-nursing,  The Netherlands. 8 years.
Staff nurse, Durham, UK. 3 years.

CULTURE SHOCK:
Personal culture shocks experienced:

  1. The Netherlands → UK
  2. UK → South-West USA
  3. South-West USA → North-East USA
  4. North-East USA → Germany.

PROGRAM:

  • Individual and family coaching sessions.
  • Inter-cultural training.
  • Presentations.

GOAL:
Helping clients to reach their maximal potential across cultures.


ABOUT THE GEESE
Once standing on a frozen Lake Ontario, Spring arrived in a V-form of geese. The same moment we heard them, our son started yelling the geese are coming! The geese are coming!

That was such a moment of sheer happiness. Since then I love the geese. They come and go, find there path, but always together. Deeply social, just as we humans are.