Well-Being Therapy in Dutch mental health care

Petrus Antonius Maria Meulenbeek

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Relapse after treatment of mental disorders is a major problem. Enhancing psychological well-being and resilience may reduce the risk of relapse in patients with mental disorders. Well-being therapy tries to address these factors. The original model of well-being therapy was developed by the Italian psychiatrist Giovanni Fava. It is based on a conceptual model of six dimensions of psychological well-being: environmental mastery, personal growth, purpose in life, autonomy, self-acceptance, positive relations with others (Ryff, 1989). The results of the research on the effectiveness of the therapy are promising, at least in Italy. At the University of Twente we developed a protocol of the therapy based on the original model and made it suitable for patients in community mental health centres. It is our aim to conduct efficacy studies at a larger scale and to implement well-being therapy in the Dutch mental health care. The adapted protocol will be presented as well as a case study based on the application of the protocol with a client who suffered from a major depressive disorder.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventConference of the International Federation for Psychotherapy 2017: The Universal & The Cultural in Psychotherapy - Faculty of Medicine, Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 20 Apr 201722 Apr 2017


ConferenceConference of the International Federation for Psychotherapy 2017
Abbreviated titleCIFP 2017


  • Well-Being Therapy
  • Dutch mental health care


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