Who We Are

Solutions Academy
Our Commitment

SolutionsAcademy Philosophy

We are solution focused — in short, this means that we will concentrate on finding out what our clients are looking for, look for things that make the client confident that they can get there and define steps into that direction. We collaborate with our partners in the organisation and base our interactions on trust and “making each other look good”. We are not interested in proving our clients wrong.

Solution focused conversations are an evidence based practice for creating sustainable solutions for clients. What we do is scientifically sound and far away from the ever changing market driven hypes in Human Resource development: you can trust us to be 100% bullshit-free.

meet our team

Who We Are

Kirsten Dierolf, M.A., MSFP, MCC

Kirsten has been coaching executives, middle managers and teams for global corporations since 1996. She also designed and delivered large leadership development programs all over the globe. In 2016 she was certified as Master Certified Coach. 

She has coached over 3000 hours as a professional coach and passed the thorough exams of the International Coach Federation. Kirsten is member of the assessor team for the ICF for MCC and PCC certifications. 

Her Solution Focused expertise comes from training directly with the founders of the approach, Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer. She was president of SFCT, the association for the quality development of solution focused consulting and training and founder and member of the editorial team for “InterAction — the journal of solution focus in organisations.” 

She is a prolific writer with over 30 articles and two books: “The solution tango” with Louis Cauffman and “Solution Focused Team Coaching“. Kirsten has been running programs to develop professional Solution Focused Coaches since 2008. Her first Accredited Program ran in 2015.

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Svea van der Hoorn, MCC

Svea was introduced to the SF Brief Approach in 1988 via Steve de Shazer’s article “Minimal Elegance”. Since then she has pursued a rich and diverse journey with both SFBT and SF Brief Coaching. 

She is known for her creative and incisive questioning and her ability to synthesise what seems un-connectable. This has stood her in good stead in her quest to connect the ICF core competencies with the principles and practices of the SF approach. Much of her work is in adult learning and development – as a trainer, a supervisor, a mentor coach for ICF credentialing, and as an SF practitioner.  She continues her interest in all things to do with learning which she honed academically when writing her doctorate titled “The development of eco-systemic thinking: an epistemological study”. 

When not busy with being curious, Svea enjoys preparing feasts for friends, reading quietly and has recently discovered the tactically world of playing croquet.

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Carlo Perfetto, PCC

Carlo has been a very passionate trainer for almost 25 years on soft skills, leadership and communication in business environments. he has always worked with medium-high management levels in leading corporations. He has also had 2 experiences in multinational companies as a Training and Development Manager, but he has always returned to his primary passion: training.

In 2013 he started to study and apply the Solution Focused approach to the training programmes he has developed over the years and in the coaching teams in which he took part as a facilitator. At the same time he also focused on supporting others in their personal and professional development in a more “personalised” form through coaching.

In 2018 he became a PCC with SolutionsAcademy with which he currently collaborates as Coach trainer and mentor for the support of those who want to access the ACC and PCC accreditation levels. In the meantime he is happily making his way to become MCC.

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Roy Marriott, PCC

Roy Marriott is a Leadership Coach with a background in software development and research.

He started his career with a degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University, achieving first class honours at age 20. He consulted for BBC, Acorn (now ARM) and Phillips, and worked as a research engineer for BT and HP Research Labs.

He first started coaching professionally in 1994, and in 2005 started training coaching skills to leaders, managers and coaches. He has been delivering coach training remotely since 2012.

Roy is also a developer of innovative coaching models that are in use around the world. These are focused on applications such as Change (without Resistance), Negotiation, Delegation, Feedback, Psychological Safety, Time Mastery, Stress Reduction etc.

He regularly presents at Agile conferences, on topics such as Generating Change without Generating Resistance, Coaching for Complex Situations and Making Feedback Psychologically Safe.

Roy has coached leaders, coaches and teams from organisations such as ARM, DisplayLink, Redgate, BT, European Space Agency, Bain Consulting, Bupa, Cambridge University, NHS, Nestle, National Australia Bank, and many others around the UK and northern Europe.

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Chris Bekker, PCC

Originally from South Africa, Chris has found himself travelling and working in various countries and cultural contexts for the past 20 years. A language teacher by training, Chris started exploring how to work more on a human level with language and confidence development which naturally lead down the road of coaching. After coming into contact with the SF approach and completing his PCC certifications, Chris has been actively coaching, mentoring and training with a growing desire to help, give space, and grow continually. He is involved in various projects from internal coaching and supporting to online mentoring and coaching.

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Gesa Niggemann, Dipl. PCC

Gesa has been working solution focused in coaching, training and consulting for global corporations, project teams and social organizations since 1998. She has run change management and organizational development projects and brings her expertise into coach training and leadership development programs. In 2016 she was certified as Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the ICF.

She has coached over 2000 hours as a professional coach and especially likes the fun and challenge of team coachings. Being trained directly by Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer as founders of the approach, Gesa could build her Solution Focused expertise. Her work was enriched by the professional exchange of solution focused consultants and coaches at annual conferences of the network SOLWORLD. Coach training programs in Africa and India broadened her international experience.

Gesa has been running programs to develop professional Solution Focused Coaches since 2004 for different coaching institutes. She also works as a psychotherapist and supervisor in her own practice with systemic, hypnosystemic and integral counseling skills.

She added an article to the book Solution Tools, a practical workshop guide and published a book for midwives specialised in training in the health sector in Germany.

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Cristina Mühl, ACC

Cristina’s background in compliance, audit, consulting and international business arena made her realize how important coaching was in the current scenario of corporate world. She specializes in coaching organizations and individuals with compliance, audit, and risk management background. Cristina is also very strongly involved in supporting female employees to reach equal opportunities, develop and reach their full potential.

She was introduced to Solution Focused approach during her coaching training with Kirsten and after that by having interactions with members of the SF community. She has been heavily involved in organizing the first 24 hours SF Conference and adapting business models to incorporate SF values.

Cristina’s desire is to enable people to grow and work towards their desired future by means of active listening, powerful questioning, and activating each individuals’ resources.

Besides coaching, she is involved in several consulting and mentoring projects that allow her to use her vast financial and business experience and expertise.