My name is Esther van der Sande. I’m a trauma therapist, trainer, and consultant with a passion for helping individuals and organizations navigate psychological challenges and cope with change. I’ve been in this field for over 20 years, working as a coach and trauma therapist to support people in reaching their goals.

Prior to my career in psychology, I spent a decade as an executive in a global corporation. It was during this time that I realized the importance of diversity in the workplace and the impact it can have on individuals and organizations alike. This realization has defined my entire career and has motivated me to continue helping others embrace diversity and navigate change with confidence.

I’ve run training programs to help employees become more informed of the impacts of interpersonal trauma, and I’ve helped organisations develop,  launch and integrate diversity and inclusion programs. I’ve supported CEOs with addiction and personal development, construction workers with bereavement, and policemen with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Most of my work leads to fostering a greater culture of belonging and psychological safety, and it’s here that my true passion lies. Because when I help an organization become more equitable, fair, and inclusive, the company and all its employees can thrive at the same time.


Employee engagement has always been front of mind for many companies, however the importance of well-being has been brought into sharp focus in recent years.

Not only because of the pandemic, but also from the growing awareness that mental health issues affect everyone, they’re carried into the workplace and impact performance across the board. The good thing, however, is when they’re addressed at an organisational level everyone benefits, from the CEO all the way down.

For me, the desire, and the need for this kind of change has been a long time coming. That’s why I took action and launched Beside Consulting – to help expedite the process and make a positive impact in people’s lives.

Through my work, I’ve had the privilege of supporting individuals and organizations in their journey towards meaningful change, and I’m committed to continuing this important work for years to come.

Esther van der Sande

A cultural change consultancy focussed on building sustainable and inclusive work environments that foster safety, connection and cultural sensitivity. Beside has a unique methodology that combines lived corporate experience, with evidence-based techniques drawn from the world of psychology, and decades of helping people move through difficult times in their lives.

Some of our services include:

  • Psychological safety and connection awareness training
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) consulting
  • Cultural change planning & implementation
  • Online, in-person and in-company support

“Embracing an inclusive world is not just about individual actions; it’s about coming together as a collective to create a cultural change. Through respect and love, we can build a society where everyone feels valued, heard and empowered. Let us celebrate our differences, embrace our shared humanity, and work towards a future that uplifts and unites us all.”

Trauma-Informed Care Training and Yoga

My organisation, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, was established in Australia and is now headquartered in the Netherlands, providing training that acknowledges the profound impact trauma has on many people’s lives.

Many treatment approaches neglect the impact trauma has on the body.

Our approach has been empirically validated to increase the potential for healing and recovery.

It’s more than just another embodiment practice – it’s a complementary treatment that restores a sense of safety and empowerment.


I recently had the pleasure of attending a training on informed psychological practices led by Esther van der Sande, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Esther is an exceptional trainer who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. Throughout the training, she was engaging, insightful, and approachable, and she created a comfortable and welcoming environment that facilitated meaningful learning and growth.

S. van den Berg, The Netherlands

What impressed me most about Esther’ training was her ability to make complex psychological concepts accessible and applicable to real-world situations. She presented a variety of scenarios that allowed us to practice applying the skills and techniques we were learning, and she provided thoughtful feedback and guidance throughout the process.

M. Bernard, France

Moreover, Esther’s passion for her work was infectious, and it was clear that she genuinely cares about her clients and the impact she has on their lives. Her commitment to ethical and culturally sensitive practice was evident throughout the training, and she provided numerous examples of how to navigate complex ethical dilemmas and cultural differences in a respectful and effective manner.

S. Williams, United States

Overall, I feel incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from Esther van der Sande, and I would highly recommend her training to anyone interested in the field of psychology, change and consulting. Her knowledge, expertise, and passion are truly inspiring, and I feel much more equipped to apply the skills and techniques I learned in my own organization.

E. de Vries, The Netherlands

I took part in the foundation course for Trauma Sensitive Yoga online. For me, this experience was one of the best I had ever in a course for healing and trauma, as it combined in a perfect way the knowledge and the personal experience through exercises. I do believe Esther is one of the most empathetic, highly experienced teacher in trauma, one can have and I consider myself lucky to have found her and done her course. She created a safe place for us, and a community environment although we were from different places of the world and online, She managed to plant a seed of a new perspective, a new way of thinking about how we approach people with trauma and ourselves, She broadened our capacity of understanding and our empathetic way of seeing things. She opened for us our interoceptions to listen, feel, and be in the moment. As a person working in the health care system and a humanitarian organization, I truly believe that more people from this field, nurses, doctors, social workers, employees in institutes, and humanitarian organizations should do this course as they can understand and feel more about how the trauma work and help more their patients and themselves. Thank you Esther for the life-changing lessons you gave us

M. Douvogianni, Greece


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