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Petra Velzeboer

Mental Health Consultant

Petra Velzeboer is a dynamic, entertaining and practical storyteller A global TEDx speaker, psychotherapist, author, and CEO of mental health consultancy PVL, she brings expertise on topics that impact employees, managers and C-suite leadership with the aim of evolving our workplaces and cultures for the new world of work.

The future of work is a hot topic which Petra speaks on with passion and excitement, complimenting the narratives around AI and enhancing this debate by bringing people into the forefront! With a new angle on wellbeing, her focus on mental health and resilience in a world of change is one that challenges ‘bubble bath wellbeing’ and instead focuses on positive psychology, elite performance, and creating dynamic teams that you will retain as they grow and evolve together – creating a future of work that is good for our health and sustainable for long term success.

Her inspiration and motivation come from her unique and compelling story which she tells with vulnerability, authenticity, and dynamic challenge to her audiences worldwide. Born and raised in a notorious cult she knows first-hand what a toxic culture feels like and what it takes to build resilience and take responsibility for good mental health. When she finally left the cult, she spiralled into addiction, depression and anxiety leaving her a desperate suicidal mother of two young children. Hitting several crash points, she finally decided to let go of her victim mindset and begin to build a life that was worth living.

Petra is the author of ‘Begin with You’, a practical insight into thriving in adversity and challenging toxicity, groupthink and cult behaviours in a world that is desperate for change. She has been featured in Newsweek, the Huffington Post, BBC Radio, Stylist and many more speaking up for the change that is needed at work.

– Toxic to healthy work culture

– Mental health innovation

– Leadership 

– Turning adversity into advantage

– Stress and resilience

– Addictions

“Petra was mentally agile and adaptable to the Panel flow, built on the other panelist responses and always clear in her messaging which was powerful.” - Novartis 

“We invited a speaker from TLC Lions to a panel discussion around psychological safety. The preparation and execution was perfect - the audience really liked the authenticity of the speaker. Emotionally engaging and at the same time delivering practical recommendations in a very relatable way. Thanks.” - Delivery Hero