Petra Velzeboer has a MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development and is a Clinical Director of an EAP and runs her own Mental Health Consultancy. Petra has worked with young offenders and supports mental health charities such as Young Minds. Petra has a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping others overcome mental health issues.
Petra was born into the infamous Children of God cult in Brazil and has siblings from all over the world. At 22 she managed to escape and move to the UK but by 25, with two children, she started developing destructive behaviours as a result of her past. Petra developed depression and sank into alcohol dependence with suicidal thoughts and experienced chronic isolation. One day, Petra realised she had a choice and gave herself a year to build resilience and to turn her life around. Petra will inspire employees to not let their past define them. Petra is passionate about sharing her mental health knowledge with organisations, “mental health at work is more than just a tick-box. How can you be a resource for others without being given the resources in the first place?”