About

I am a psychologist (FSP) from the Netherlands with more than 15 years of practical experience, supporting professionals, corporate teams and athletes to become sustainable high performers.

I am also certified personal coach (ACC ICF) and mental game coach. I have a strong passion for performance psychology and helping people to unlock their potential.

To guarantee top level services and live up to my personal values to continuously grow, I am currently pursuing Post Master in Sports Psychology (DAS Psychologie du Sport) at the University of Lausanne.

I have a strong passion for sport and have been practicing a wide variety of sports throughout my life and I am a passionate triathlete and kite surfer.

I have climbed at a very advanced level (alpinism, ice climbing, rock climbing, high-altitude, ski-mountaineering) and executed long and serious alpine routes which required a lot of commitment, training and discipline.

My broad and deep experiences in sport and corporate, help me to relate to what athletes and professionals go through in their lives and during times of high pressure.

I am a professional member of NIP (Dutch Institute for Psychologists), Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and the International Mental Game Association (IMGCA).

Maayke van der Pluijm

For Professionals

Maayke van der Pluijm - You Thrive

Performance and Vitality Coaching

In performance coaching, I help you to unlock your potential by putting you in motion (both mentally and physically). We work on your physical, mental and emotional energy while focusing on the areas of your performance you would like to improve. Every coaching starts with an intake & energy assessment and, in case it’s needed, we work with other tools to support your development process (a/o MBTI & DISC). Click on the link for a more in depth overview of steps in the proven and succesful You Thrive Personal Journey 2019 .

For people who:

  • Have a nagging sense that there is more.
  • Feel stuck in life or professionally.
  • Need inspiration to make a next step.
  • Feel physically or mentally exhausted.
  • Wish to develop themselves or get mentally and physically in better shape.

Clients: professionals, C-level executives, entrepreneurs


Maayke van der Pluijm

TEAM and Leadership Development

Thriving teams are teams that have purpose, vitality and connection.

I support you in improving collaboration, developing team values, capitalising on each others strengths and capabilities, creating a shared vision and developing thriving teams. Throughout the years developed successful team interventions and workshop approaches while making use of assessment tools, team building models and systemic interventions.

For teams that wish to:

  • Develop leadership
  • Collaborate better
  • Make better use of each others strengths and capabilities
  • Improve their communication
  • Thrive

Clients a/o AkzoNobel (current), WWF, Océ, DSM, Polis Direct, ING, Canon Europe/ Netherlands, PwC, TMF Group, DVB Bank, AerCap, start ups


Maayke van der Pluijm

Coaching Trails

Coaching trails will take place outdoors as nature is a portal for self discovery and development. We will go on a 1 – 4 day (mountain) hike to switch off  and get away from all the distraction of our daily life. We will use nature to look at ourself and to better understand who we are, what we want and where we are heading to.

For Athletes

Performance Coaching and Mental Preparation

I support you to reach more of your potential by coaching your mental and emotional performance. You will develop mental & emotional strategies to achieve better performance & more fun in your sport. Every coaching starts with an assessment to explore your development areas.

For athletes who:

  • Strengthen their psychological capabilities to improve their overall performance
  • Want to learn how to use stress as a performance enhancer
  • Want to increase their self confidence
  • Want to understand their personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Who want to better deal with all the aspects of life (training, school, social development, parents)
  • Who want to prevent or deal with injuries
Maayke van der Pluijm

TEAM Development

Learn to understand the types of motivation and characters in the team and to enhance the overall team performance as well as the performance for the individual athlete. We will look at the individuals in the team and how to build a stronger team together. Learn to understand each other better, what drives us and how to optimise our wellbeing and performance as an individual as well as for the team.

For teams and coaches that wish:

  • To optimise individual and team performance
  • To understand each other better
  • Connect better as persons in order to improve the performance
  • Communicate better
Maayke van der Pluijm

Special Projects

Are you dreaming of doing an Ironman, climb a mountain, run a marathon, ski the epic ‘Patrouille des Glaciers’?

Whether you are running your first 10K or planning to execute a sportive project with a team, I am here to support you and prepare you mentally for the big day.

For individuals and teams that wish:

  • To prepare themselves mentally for a big sportive challenge in their life
  • To built a stronger team and enhance the performance and fun
  • To get better prepared and to be able to go beyond your limits

Coaching Trails

Nature As Portal For Self Development

Leave the road, take the trails…

Each spring, summer and autumn, I will organise a wilderness trail in the alps. We will go on a 4 day hike with a maximum of 7 participants to switch off and get away from all the distraction of our daily life. We will use nature to look at ourselves and to better understand who we are, what we want and where we are heading to. These trails are to support you to learn to re-open yourself and embrace your vulnerability. This will help you to lead the life you want and to support others to do the same. This is what we call natural leadership. We think that this kind of leadership, the guts to be vulnerable and open, is what this world, our partners, children and organisations need. Man and woman who are willing to start with themselves.

Click on the link for an example program Alpen Trail Program

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks
adopt the pace of nature; the secret is patience
look deep in nature and you wil understand everything better
sometimes nature is all you need
may your time in nature lead you to yourself
leave the road, take the trails
the earth is what we all have in common
the best views come after the hardest climb
not all those who wander are lost
explore!
Memories made in the mountain stay in our hearts forever
Spent time with those who expand your thinking

Cabinet à Montreux
Swiss Talent Project Center sàrl
Route de Brent 13F
1816 Chailly-Montreux
Tel: +41 21 961 40 00
Mobile: +41 79 557 32 72

Maayke van der Pluijm
Psychologue FSP, Performance Coach ACC et préparatrice mentale.

Cabinet à Coppet (VD)
Tel: +41795573272 (you can also contact me over WhatsApp)
maayke@you-thrive.ch

Cabinet à Geneve (sur demande)
Sport Quest
Avenue Henri-Dunant 13
Genève, Suisse