Petra Velzeboer – Keynote Speaker

Business consultant, Mental Health Advocate, TedX Speaker

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Specialist Subjects

  • Resilience, stress management and burnout prevention
  • Leadership & psychological safety for healthy teams
  • Wellbeing through change and uncertainty
  • Parenting and young people’s mental health
  • Shifting stigma and raising awareness of mental illness


  • English


Petra Velzeboer is a renowned mental health expert, TedX speaker and CEO of mental health consultancy, PVL. She captures, surprises, and inspires audiences with her incredible story of transforming adversity into advantage, and challenges them to take responsibility for their mental health.

Petra was born and raised in the infamous Children of God cult, conditioned to believe that she was being groomed to save the world. Having escaped that world, she now talks to audiences about her ultimate rock bottom, her battle with mental illness including addiction and depression, and her subsequent transformation leading to her founding a flourishing mental health business.

With her core values of lightness, bravery and responsibility shining through at all times, she is bold in her approach to mental health, normalizing our human experiences and even helping people to see the humour in our humanness.

Petra Velzeboer is a psychotherapist with an MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development and is a qualified ORSC & CTI Certified Coach. She speaks around the globe and virtually on a variety of topics relating to mental health.

Petra’s company, PVL, has a vision of a world where every organisation can be the rising tide that lifts and sustains mental health for every employee, their families, and their communities. PVL’s mission is to partner with organisations to create strong, supportive, and sustainable cultures that improve mental health at work and beyond. Advisory retainers, training courses, workshops, high-impact webinars and bold panel events are all on offer to support organisations to deliver their mental health aspirations.

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