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The Finnish psychotherapist Jaakko Seikkula developed a successful method for treating psychosis. The strength of his Open Dialogue method: when someone is in psychosis, the people around them are involved in the treatment from the very first session. Anybody who is important to that person, be it a grandparent, school teacher or neighbour, becomes part of the process.

The Dutch psychiatrist Dirk Corstens took a training course with Seikkula and also uses the method himself. Dirk Corstens is a psychiatrist working in the Dutch province of Limburg, specialised in hearing voices.

Watch the interview with Dirk on Open Dialogue (English subtitles via YouTube)


Prof. dr. Jim van OsChair Division Neuroscience, Utrecht University Medical Centre. Jim is also Visiting Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. Jim works at the interface of ‘hard’ brain science, health services research, art and subjective experiences of people with ‘lived experience’ in mental healthcare. 

Jim has been appearing on the Thomson-Reuter Web of Science list of ‘most influential scientific minds of our time’ since 2014. In 2014 he published his book ‘Beyond DSM-5‘, and in 2016 the book ‘Good Mental Health Care’. 

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