About

Hi! I’m Chantell Vermaak-Johnson. I work with women who have either left a hell-on-earth relationship or who are still trapped in a relationship where they are victims of varying degrees of domestic violence.

Once they’ve left their abusive relationship, I help them ditch the pain and the heartache and the self-doubt and work with them to grow and develop their self-esteem and their sense of self-worth. Within a few months they have moved from surviving to thriving, are at ease in their skins and are confident about who they are and who they are not. They are standing in their power and ready to create their new lives – but this time, on their terms! 

If they are still trapped in an abusive relationship, I help them focus on the various components of a successful exit strategy and I teach them various coping strategies.

I’ve been involved with the business of people my whole life, and have worked in more jobs than you have fingers.

From starting out as a receptionist in a doctor’s office – please don’t ask me how many years ago – to being the General Manager: Human Resources for a multi-billion Rand company.

Along the way, I’ve been the youngest women ever to manage an Insurance Company, I’ve managed a Recruitment Agency and an HR Consultancy.

I’ve been promoted more times than I can remember and I’ve been laid off three times.

I’ve owned and managed more than 7 businesses, some successful and some not so successful, from selling Witches Brew as a child to my own national recruitment agency. (The Witches Brew endeavour was really successful).

Along the way, I’ve survived an abusive first marriage, had two wonderful, glorious children and loved to marry again.
I’m warm, empathetic and I think I have a wicked sense of humour. I see the best in people and, more importantly, I see what their lives will look like with their potential realised.

But, my abusive first marriage nearly destroyed me.

It took me about 5 years to recover properly. That said, it was only when I realised that I wanted to work with women who have had a similar experience, that I had to step up and recover fully.

I’ll be honest, until I experienced the most mortifying shame at the thought of publicly stating that I had been a victim of domestic violence, I had considered myself to be fully recovered. If you like, you can watch this video where I talk about this realisation.

Now I consider myself to be a thriver – far better than being a survivor – and I work to get my clients from surviving to thriving.

For more details about my story, you are welcome to read some of my blog posts. In particular, I recommend this one and this one.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I’d love it if you reached out to me and told me a bit about yourself. Below I’ve listed all the ways you can connect with me.

I hope to hear from you soon!

 

Much love

Chantell

Email: chantell@vermaakjohnson.com

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