Erik van den Brink is psychiatrist/psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher. He studied medicine in Amsterdam and trained and worked in psychiatry in West Yorkshire, UK. Since his return to the Netherlands in 1995 he has worked for Lentis, the mental health services of Groningen. There he initially lead crisis intervention teams, offering ambulant alternatives to hospital admission, and later an out-patient service for patients with mood disorders. Since its founding in 2007, he has been involved with the Center for Integrative Psychiatry, an innovative mental health clinic integrating complementary methods in mainstream psychiatric care, and more recently with Het Behouden Huys, a psycho-oncological unit in Haren, offering psychological help to patients with cancer and their families.
He is particularly interested in methods that empower people’s self-healing capacity and has integrated mindfulness-based and compassion-focussed approaches in his work. He is a frequently asked guest teacher at training institutes in the Netherlands and across Europe.
With Frits Koster he wrote the book Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living – A new training programme to deepen mindfulness with heartfulness (Routledge, 2015; originally published in Dutch as Compassievol leven, Boom, 2012) and is author of the Dutch self-help book Compassie in je leven (Boom, 2015).