As a Clinical Psychologist, over the past twenty years Ben has increasingly focused on a neuroscientific approach to psychological problems and their treatment using neurostimulation techniques such as neurofeedback and rTMS.
In 1980 Ben graduated as a clinical psychologist from the University of Groningen (RUG). From 1981 until mid-2008 he worked at the Medical Faculty of the RUG as a lecturer, researcher and medical psychologist (within the UMCG). In those years he obtained his registration as clinical psychologist NIP, later converted into clinical psychologist BIG. During that time, he also completed a course in cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnotherapy.
In 1994 he obtained his PhD on a subject in the field of chronic pain.
Ben has been a practicing neurofeedback psychologist since 1998. In the first years of 2000 he was involved in the establishment of the Neurofeedback section of the NIP and in the compilation of a registration regulation for the registration of “Neurofeedback treatment provider NIP”.