I studied medicine in Amsterdam and was trained as a psychiatrist-psychotherapist in England. After my return to the Netherlands in 1995, I led various innovative projects within the mental health services in Groningen, such as an acute day clinic and a team for psychiatric home care, both offering alternatives for hospital admission for people in crisis.
In those days I learned that one should not only ask about complaints, but also about strengths. I was trained in Solution-Focused Therapy and passed on this knowledge to my teams. This felt like a breath of fresh air after the problem-oriented approaches that had been dominating uptil then.