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WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a way to help people with mental health issues. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better and well-being and healing increases. Therapy will be short if possible or longer if needed.
Which problems and symptoms?
Problems and symptoms like depression, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, loss and mourning, personality disorders, identity, relationships. (Young) adults from 18 years and older are welcome.
I conduct individual therapy and couples therapy, either face-to-face or online. Soon I will start with psychotherapy in a group setting. I also provide learning therapy for colleagues in training.
I try to minimise waiting times, but often demand is higher than supply. Current waiting times are on the home page.
- I currently do not accept any new clients for individual and relationship therapy.
- The current waiting time for group therapy (in small groups) is estimated to be about 4 months.
- The current waiting time for learning therapy is estimated to be about 4 months.
Your health insurance may be able to help you find a therapist with earlier availability. Please contact your health insurance.
I cooperate with my colleagues Petra Huizenga and Wies Verheul of Intrapsy.
For psychiatric expertise I work with Roel Witte of Mapta.
I am a member of a network of psychotherapist and psychologists in De Bilt/Bilthoven.
Patients can be referred for either 'basis' or 'gespecialiseerde GGZ'.
You can download referral form here.
After our first contact we will plan an appointment by telephone to determine whether your symptoms and request for help will be best served in my practice (screening). If so, I will ask you to register through the client portal and we will plan a first session. We will start with an intake focusing on your question for help, your background, earlier treatment and expectations. You will be asked to fill in some questionnaires. For questionnaires I often make use of Embloom. The intake leads to a diagnosis and treatment plan which we will discuss and agree upon. After agreement the treatment starts.
The therapy consists of sessions in which we talk about what is going on and how you feel. We will work to develop a productive therapeutic relationship that offers you the space to be open and feel safe. In sessions we will be talking or do more experiential work, between sessions you may get homework. E-health can also be part of the treatment. For e-health I make use of Embloom and Therapieland.
As a psychotherapist I will not solve your problems. You have agency in your issues and the treatment. But I will help you to increase understanding and insight and new ways of dealing with your issues. You will learn to recognise feelings, thoughts and experiences and to better verbalise. Eventually you will increase grip on your own life and experience healing because your issues will decrease, disappear or play a different role in your life.
During treatment we will regularly evaluate on progress and value. We will end the therapy if we mutually agree that enough is achieved or that treatment somewhere else might be more beneficial for you.
In case of crisis and you cannot reach me or it is outside office hours, then please contact your GP or the huisartsenpost.
I am trained in different therapeutic approaches and I use - in consultation with you - what works best for you (client centred, psychodynamic, MBT, system, EFT, schema therapy, EMDR, NET).
Sharpening the saw
Continuous development and training is important in this work. I continue to be curious and still have intervision, supervision and training.
Document of quality and audit
Providers of mental health care within the Dutch healthcare are legally obliged to have a document of quality which we call 'kwaliteitsstatuut'. You can have a look at it in my practice (although it is in Dutch). For more information you can have a look at the website ggzkwaliteitsstatuut.nl.
Independent psychologists and psychotherapists are audited every five years by the LVVP (the Dutch association of independent psychologists and psychotherapists). My practice is internally audited by the LVVP. It means that I comply to the professional standards of and follow the code of conduct for a registered psychotherapist.
When you are unhappy with your treatment, I hope that you will discuss that with me. There is also a formal process to deal with complaints, set up by the For more information please refer to the NVP and the LVVP.
Cancelling or no-show
Cancelling an appointment can always happen. However, if an appointment is cancelled shorter than 48 hours beforehand or in the case of no-show a no-show rate € 50,- is incurred. You cannot claim this at your insurance company.