Coach of the Month – Ioana Cirstea

Name:  Ioana Cirstea

Title:  Psychologist & Coach

Business Name:  Ioana Cirstea – Psychologist & Coach



  • Career and Personal Life Transitions
  • Adjustment to a New Environment
  • Repatriation
  • Expatriate Spouses
  • Life Quality
  • Coaching for Women

Expat Experience:  I have more than ten years of international experience. After my graduation in Psychology in Bucharest, Romania, I continued my studies with a Master of Science in Social Psychology in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Afterwards I moved to Brussels, Belgium, where I worked for the biggest European bank and opened my coaching practice. For one year and a half I have lived in Malaga, Spain where I worked as Psychologist and Coach. I recently moved back to Belgium where I have my practice as Psychologist and Coach and work again within the biggest European bank as project manager.

Languages Spoken:  English, French, Romanian. A fair level of Spanish and Dutch.

Life Experience:  My experience covers different roles such as employee, self-employed, student, expat and wife of an expat. During ten years of professional career I have worked in human resources in small businesses and large multinationals, gaining a practical experience in the banking and pharmaceutical sectors, in domains such as career development, managers and employees coaching, recruitment, outplacement, and project management. In my practice, I strive to encourage with a caring, compassionate, understanding and supportive attitude. In my private life, I like to get to know better international people, who have various backgrounds, professions and hobbies. Together with my husband, who has a different nationality than mine and a different background, we enjoy travelling and being curious about different cultures.

Accomplishments:  While working for the biggest European bank, BNP Paribas Fortis in Brussels, I run projects, leading small teams of specialists and taking care that the project was delivered in time. I always worked on international projects, cooperating with teams from France, Italy, Spain to name only a few.

What I Love About Working in This Niche:  Its variety, different cultures, it is a great opportunity to learn about how other expats experience their lives abroad.

Coaching Style:  I am a certified Strategic Interventionist, meaning that I help my clients to reach their objectives in a practical and down to earth way. I plan my interventions, use different tools, exercises and ask questions in order to help my clients to accomplish what they want to do.

Favorite Coaching Tool:  My favorite coaching tool is the Six Human Needs, developed by Cloe Madanes and Anthony Robbins. This tool helps clients to understand why they do what they do, what it is important to them and what needs to be changed so they can live the life they want.

Why Clients Choose Me As Their Coach:  Good listener, empathic, ask pertinent questions, plan and strategize together with my client the best way to tackle a challenge.

A Tip for My Niche:  Even if you find little or no meaning in your experience as expat, sooner or later, it will all come together.

Client Testimonials:

“When I first contacted Ioana, I was feeling sad, confused, without knowing what path to take in life. After a few sessions, she helped me figuring out what I needed to do to live a meaningful life. Ioana has a compassionate and empathic attitude, asks pertinent questions and helped me putting the pieces of the puzzle together.”  Wim, Holland

“Ioana est vraiment une super coach. Elle m’a beaucoup aidé à comprendre l’origine de mes blocages et elle m’a permis de trouver et de développer mes points forts. Et surtout elle m’a aidé à progresser par le biais d’exercices simples, une écoute attentive, de nombreux conseils et des questions pertinentes qui ont eu l’effet d’un électrochoc. Maintenant, grâce à elle, je commence les premières étapes d’une nouvelle vie qui sera en harmonie avec ma personnalité et mes envies. Un GRAND merci à toi Ioana, «Comment peut-on apprendre à se connaître soi-même? Par la méditation, jamais, mais bien par l’action» Gandhi”  Sandra, Bruxelles

“Je suis allée voir Ioana à un moment de ma vie ou je me posais beaucoup de questions. Ma vie sentimentale était au plus bas après une rupture importante et ma vie professionnelle stagnait. Ioana a su m’aider à transformer mes peurs en énergie positive en prenant confiance en moi. Aujourd’hui, je me sens mieux et j’ai réussi à atteindre des objectifs que je m’étais fixée. Merci Ioana encore pour ton aide.”  Marie, France

“Il y a un peu plus d’un an je suis venue vers Ioana, car il était de plus en plus difficile pour moi d’aller travailler. Mon ex-patronne était une manipulatrice et elle me voyait en tant que rivale. Grâce à Ioana j’ai retrouvé ma confiance et j’ai pu me sentir bien avec la décision que j’ai prise. Aujourd’hui je me sens beaucoup mieux, plus d’insomnie, plus d’angoisse et une patronne avec qui la collaboration fonctionne à merveille. Encore merci pour cette baguette magique!”  Wendy, Belgique

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