Introducing Erik van den Top
I am an internationally credentialed coach and well-being expert with extensive professional development in neurophysiology, positive psychology, nutrition, biofeedback, resilience, adult development psychology and neuroscience.
I work one-to-one in private practice, facilitate well-being programmes and workshops, provide guest talks and am also a University of Auckland teaching and research fellow. After a corporate career in leadership and organisational development, I started my private practice in 2001 and have since worked with a wide range of organisations and hundreds of people.
"My passion is to inspire, enable and empower people to reach their wellness and performance potential."
I am widely known and respected for my open-minded, emphatic, energetic and down-to-earth nature as well as my generosity in supporting and empowering young people, sharing knowledge, ideas and tools with other professionals and of course empowering my clients to generate positive change and flourish.
Over the years, through extensive review of traditional and contemporary sciences and research as well as practical experience with clients, I have refined my philosophy about attaining optimum well-being, mental and physical health, performance and flourishing.
Everything is connected and interrelated. We love certainty, straight forward answers and quick fixes. The reality is that we are a complex, sensitive and intricate “systems”. Mental health, well-being and flourishing cannot be explained, restored or achieved by any one individual thing. Not just through genes, not just through neuro-biology, not just through our circumstances and not just by engaging our brain.
It is hugely personal and at the same time not about the individual. There are a range of universal foundations for mental (and physical) health but what flourishing means to you is different to what it means to me and (here is the clinch) is often different to what society has determined it to be or makes it out to be. At the same time flourishing is not an individual endeavor and only ever achieved through and with others.
Human’s are designed with the inherent capacity to restore health and to achieve and sustain that optimum state of flourishing. But we have a tendency to get in our own way and disconnect from the various things we most need to thrive and flourish and instead get very tightly connected to the very things that burn us out, inhibit our health and have nothing to do with our well-being.
To work towards flourishing we need to consider our whole being, including our physiology, our psychology, our sociology, our experiences, our core flourishing needs (what matters to you) and the wider “system” we are a part of.
When you and I work together collaboratively, our mission is to create the right environment for you to tune back in, adopt the beliefs that support your flourishing, broaden your knowledge along the way, restore you physiological health and reconnect with what flourishing looks like for you.
Bringing my absolute best to the collaboration with clients is fundamental to me. I am engaged in continuous professional development, post graduate study and supervision. I hold a variety of credentials, accreditations and certificates:
Associate Certified Coach - International Coach Federation
Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) - Flourishing Center (United States)
Certificate of Completion in Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback - BCIA (United States)
Firstbeat Certified Provider - Firstbeat Technologies (Finland)
Certificate in Heart Rate Variability - Biofeedback Academy Europe
Certificate in Stress Profiling - Biofeedback Academy Europe
Certificate in Biofeedback treatment of hypertension - Biofeedback Academy Europe
Certificate in Mindfulness to Coaching Mastery - Mindfulness Coaching (Australia)
Certificate in Human Nutrition - Cadence Health (Australia)
Certificate in Executive and Organisational Coaching - Coaching Pacific
Certificate in Foundations of Heart Rate Variability - Elite HRV (United States)
Adolescent brain development - Mindsight Institute (United States)
Neuroscience - Neuroleadership Institute (ao)
Strengths Profile accredited practitioner - Centre of Applied Positive Psychology (United Kingdom)
Accreditation in the Resilience at Work (R@W) scale - Working With Resilience (Australia)
Certified PRINT® coach - The Paul Hertz Group (United States)
Code of ethics, professional standards and practice
I abide by the code of ethics, professional standards and practice as set by the International Coach Federation (ICF), Biofeedback International Certification Alliance (BCIA), New Zealand Natural Health Practitioners (NZNHP) and the Nutrition Society of New Zealand (NSNZ).
International Coach Federation
The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals. ICF members commit to abiding by the strict Code of Ethics.
Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine
The Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) is a multidisciplinary society working towards improved prevention, management, and treatment of chronic, complex and lifestyle-related conditions. ‘Lifestyle-related’ includes environmental, societal, behavioural and other factors. ASLM members include GPs and medical specialists, allied health practitioners, public health physicians, educators, scientists and researchers.
Biofeedback Certification International Alliance
The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), was created in 1981 with the primary mission to certify individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback and progressively recertify those who advance their knowledge through continuing education. BCIA is an autonomous nonprofit corporation and their policies and procedures are set by an independent board of directors, comprised of a rotating group of distinguished biofeedback clinicians, researchers, and educators. The BCIA also administers the Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback.
Association for Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback
The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) was founded in 1969 as the Biofeedback Research Society. The goals of the association are to promote a scientific understanding of biofeedback and advance the methods used in practice and application. AAPB’s mission is to promote and represent the science and practice of self-regulation to enhance health and performance. It is the association’s vision to integrate self-regulation into everyday life.
International Positive Psychology Association
The International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) vision is of one that will integrate the positive psychology activities around the world. We want to work with national and regional organizations, not supplant them, so that there is coordination of our activities. IPPA hopes to support the global dialogue of both researchers and practitioners working in the field of positive psychology.
New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology
The mission of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology (NZAPP) is to promote the science and practice of positive psychology and its research-based applications, and to foster communication and collaboration among researchers, practitioners, teachers, and students around New Zealand and across disciplines who are interested in positive psychology.