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Who is René Luisman?

As a professional trainer and coach, I create a safe environment for gay men to work on their authenticity. The experiences of other men are often recognisable and make you realise that you’re not alone in what you feel and experience. You do need to do it yourself, but you don’t need to do it alone.


René Luisman

Professional Trainer & coach

About my own journey

‘How do I rid myself of uncertainty?’ That’s the question that dominated my thoughts when I started my first course as a trainer. It wasn’t that I didn’t have the courage. I’d been travelling all over the world on my own for years looking for adventure. But my father had just died and I felt as though I had lost myself.

My uncertainty manifested itself mainly in my interactions with others. As soon as someone was in front of me, I felt uncomfortable. The tension in eye contact, unspoken expectations and my internal critic telling me that I wasn’t good enough.

It wasn’t until years later that I learned that two events from my youth were still having a huge impact on my interactions with others. When I was eight, I sustained serious burns to my legs in an accident. And when I was eleven, I discovered that I was attracted to men. There was no place for this in my Christian family.

For me, my coming-out seemed like a lifetime ago. And yet, the convictions about my homosexuality and my masculinity meant that I found it difficult to accept certain facets of myself.


Over the past few years, I’ve supported hundreds of people. I help them find non-functional patterns in their lives. Because by recognising these patterns, you can make different choices. This gives you greater peace and connection, without getting entangled in feelings and emotions from the past.


Kind regards,

René Luisman


My professional background

As a trainer and coach I want to create a safe environment in which you can develop yourself. Accessibility, integrity and professionalism are central to this. In addition to my extensive experience as a communication consultant, I am a certified and recognized NOBTRA trainer. This is the Dutch Association of Professional Trainers.


I followed the training to become a professional trainer & coach at the Trainers Academy in Amsterdam. The academy has been tested and recognized by the NOBCO, the Dutch Association of Professional Coaches. The Trainers Academy is also the first agency in the Netherlands recognized by the NOBTRA. In addition, I am registered as a teacher in the Central Register of Short Vocational Education (CRKBO).


At Phoenix Training in Utrecht I completed a second trainer training and two training courses in the field of Transactional Analysis. This behavioral and communication theory is about the personality of people. In 2017, my working method was recognized by the Dutch Association of Professional Trainers by proclaiming me Trainer of the Year 2017/2018. A recognition for which I am grateful to this day.

Gay Men Coaching is an initiative of René Luisman Training & Coaching. I am affiliated with the Dutch Association of Professional Trainers (NOBTRA) and the Gay Coaches Alliance.


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