He studied medicine in Amsterdam and trained and worked in psychiatry in the UK. From his return to the Netherlands in 1995 until 2015 he worked in the mental health services of in the city of Groningen. There he initially led crisis intervention teams, offering ambulant out-patient alternatives to hospital admission, followed by an out-patient service for patients with mood disorders. Since its founding in 2007, he was involved with the Center for Integrative Psychiatry, an innovative mental health clinic integrating complementary methods in mainstream psychiatric care.
He has a broad psychotherapeutic experience and trained in Solution Focused, Acceptance & Commitment and Compassion-Focused Therapies. Grounded in Vipassana and Zen meditation, he became a mindfulness teacher after scholing with leading international teachers in the field. He is particularly interested in methods that empower people’s self-healing capacity. He integrates mindfulness-based and compassion-focused methods in his work (MBSR, MBCT, MBCL and Interpersonal Mindfulness), enabling people to become their own therapist, mentor and coach.
As a psychiatrist/psychotherapist he currently works in private practice in the Groningen area of The Netherlands at MBCL Training & Therapie and at Het Behouden Huys, a psycho-oncology centre for patients with cancer and their families. As a mindfulness and compassion teacher he participates in the Collective of Mindfulness Teachers called De Werkschuur, seeking to make basic and advanced mindfulness courses accessible to a broad clientele.
See also www.mbcl.org and linkedin profile.
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"I work from a deep motivation to contribute to the alleviation of suffering and the promotion of well-being, using methods that empower our self-healing capacity, with as many wholesome and as few harmful (side-) effects as possible. As people show similarities as well as differences, in illness and in health, it is important to find the right balance between Evidence-Based Practice and Practice-Based Evidence."