Hans has been working as a social psychiatric nurse (SPV) in various positions within acute psychiatry since the early 1980s. He worked in the recording department for 12 years: a precious, dynamic and intensive period.
At the end of the 1990s, he switched to the more treatment-related side of the work. At the then Academic Anxiety Center Maastricht, he is following a course in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This makes him enthusiastic about this treatment method.
Hans worked at Kliniek Overwaal in Nijmegen: the cradle of behavioral therapy in the Netherlands. This is now called ‘Overwaal, Expertise Center for Anxiety, Compulsion and PTSD’, part of Propersona Nijmegen. He worked there for 23 years as a therapist.
Hans is especially skilled in translating anxiety problems into (intensive) exposure in vivo (practical exercises to break through avoidance behaviour). Cognitive therapy, imaginary exposure, response prevention and self-monitoring techniques are also among his options.