About me

Studies and such

1981. Eighteen years old. What to do with my future?
I’m interested in philosophy and literature and creative writing. And yes, also politics and economy appeal to me…
What to do, then?
Some advice from a wise man: why not study Law, a nice and ‘broad’ subject.
1986: ‘Working as a lawyer or legal counsel will never make me happen.’
I decide to take up studying psychology. A lot more interesting. And it also happened to be where I met Inge, my life partner.
I wanted to be able to use conversation as a helping tool. This would require me to also take a course in psychotherapy. And that’s not the only course I took:
A system- and experience oriented psychotherapy training.
Behavioral Therapy.
Solution-Focused Therapy.
And as of 2015: Narrative Therapy – led by Michael White at the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide (Australia).

How do I make a living?

  • By offering helping conversations. I have over 25 years of experience working in the field of psychiatry: across various positions, helping people in their struggle with all sorts of problems and dilemmas: depression, anxiety, addiction, psychosis, borderline related issues, relationship trouble, mourning, …
  • By teaching Mindfulness courses (since 2011).
  • And by teaching classes to psychosocial care workers. At first, workshops within the Behavioral Therapy training programs in Leuven and Ghent, Belgium. And since 2008 courses in narrative and strength-oriented conversation skills.

Who inspires me?

Inge, my no-nonsense creative partner. My son and daughter. The various people I have met throughout my professional life. Michael White and Steve de Shazer, of course. Johnella Bird. Many authors. Life.


Walking through the forests of the Belgian Ardennes. Inge. A workshop bursting with inspiration. Collaborating. Drawing. Listening to a podcast. The many moments during conversations with persons who come to me for my professional help. Delicious fries. My journal.

Published material?

  • Eijkeren, Marijke (2011). Johan Van de Putte over narratieve therapie: ‘Zelden was ik zo geraakt door een model.’ Psychopraktijk 3: 7-10.
  • Hermans, D. & Van de Putte, J. (2004).Cognitieve gedragstherapie bij depressie. Houten: Bohn Stafleu Van Loghum.
  • Rogiers, Van den Abbeele en Van de Putte (2007). Je kan anders. Roularta.
  • Thuyn, Diederik (2013). De narratieve benadering, therapeutisch tweerichtingsverkeer maakt een verschil: Interview met Johan Van de Putte. Similes, 146, 7-12.
  • Van de Putte, J. (2010). Wat heeft narratieve therapie ons te vertellen? Neuron, 1.
  • Van de Putte, J. (2013). Therapeutisch tweerichtingsverkeer: golven of rimpelingen in je leven? Psychiatrie & Verpleging, 4.
  • Bijdrage tot Gundrum M. & Stinckens N (2010).De schatkist van de therapeut. Oefeningen en strategieën voor de praktijk. Uitgeverij Acco.
  • Boekbespreking van Rhodes, J., & Jakes, S. (2009). Narrative CBT for Psychosis, inTijdschrift voor Psychiatrie, 51, (2009) 12.
  • Boekbespreking van Hagen, R., Turkington, D., Berge, T. & Grawe, R.W. (Red.). CBT for psychosis. A symptom-based approach, in Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie, 54 (2012) 7, 673 – 674.

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