Hans has been working as a Sociaal Psychiatrisch Verpleegkundige (SPV) in various positions within acute psychiatry since the early 1980s. He worked in a psychiatric hospital for 12 years: a treasured, dynamic and intensive period.
In the late 1990s, he switched to the more treatment-related side of the work. At the Academic Anxiety Center Maastricht he follows a course in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This makes him enthusiastic about this treatment method.
Hans works 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.
In the 23 years that he has worked there as a practitioner, he has gained a lot of experience. Hans is mainly skilled in translating anxiety problems into (intensive) exposure in vivo (practical exercises to break through avoidance behavior). Cognitive therapy, imaginary exposure, response prevention and self-control techniques are also among his options.