My original name is Marieke, I changed this to Iris when I was 7 years old, I must have been determent. Iris seems to be easier to pronounce in the English language, so its a bonus.

My origins are in the Netherlands and after travelling for a few years I came to life in the UK.

In the Netherlands I was a social worker with drug and alcohol abuse clients and I worked in a safe house for a while. During this time I read a book called Emotional awareness .

This book made me decide to pack my things and go on a journey to the East.

On my adventure I encountered the teachings of the Buddha, meditation, attending silent retreats, became a REIKI master and met the Dalai Lama.

Once in the UK, I continued (and still am) to practise mindfulness and meditation and studied to become a Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I have been working in this profession for the last 7 years in a variety of employments (Pathways Barnsley, Rotherham Abuse Counselling Service, SV2 Derbyshire, NHS Rampton hospital) and self employed.