Wendela Elsen


I love helping people find their path. My goal is to support my clients in finding what it is in life that fulfils them. I don’t want anyone to struggle because they feel stuck in a certain situation or because they are carrying baggage from the past. I want to help them free themselves from the things they think they need to do and find what they really want to do. I am keen to help my clients discover that they can let go of the past and focus on the now; that they can reinvent themselves, no matter their age.

Originally from the Netherlands, I have lived and worked in Taiwan, Japan and the United Kingdom where I now reside. I have three children, all in their early twenties, who I hope to see find their future paths in the near future.

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Education and training

With a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam, I was trained by the Coaches Training Institute in 2007 and by the Coaching Revolution in 2020. I am certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). I also have a level 3 certificate in Counselling.

I was introduced to EFT by one of my coaching colleagues in 2021 and decided to do the first course. I was hooked! In 2023, I started my EFT practitioners course which I have now finished. I am expecting to be certified in January 2024.

OpenRabbit, why the name and logo

When my twin daughters were about four years old they came to our bedroom one lazy Sunday morning and offered to open the curtains. They were speaking in Dutch and instead of saying ‘curtains’ (gordijnen) they used the word ‘rabbits’ (konijnen). Just a few letters’ difference but not quite the same meaning, as I explained to my husband who does not speak Dutch. From then on we talked about ‘opening the rabbits’ when we opened our curtains. From this I took OpenRabbit as a memorable name for my work activities.

For my logo my Japanese mother-in-law, who was a very creative person, drew the picture of a rabbit opening curtains. I wanted to embed my experiences in Japan in the presentation of OpenRabbit and I decided to use the style of a Japanese seal (hanko). Every Japanese adult owns a hanko and it is used as a formal personal signature. Whenever I look at my logo I remember the very special life and work experiences that I gained during my time in Japan.