Below is the most important information for new clients. Read the information carefully! Other information can be found on other pages on this website.
Before your introductory meeting
Before your non-committal introductory meeting you must have a referral letter from your general practitioner/company doctor. This should state that the doctor refers you to the Basic Mental Healthcare (GB-GGZ) or to the Specialized Mental Healthcare (G-GGZ). We offer treatment in both varieties of mental healthcare. Bring the letter to the introductory meeting or ask your doctor to send it to us. Here is more information for your general practitioner/company doctor (Dutch).
During your non-committal introductory meeting
You will have a non-committal introductory meeting with one of our directing practitioners. The introductory meeting is an informal conversation, free of charge, non-committal and it lasts about 45 minutes. The goal is to get mutually acquainted. Read “Phase 2” on this page for more information about the introductory meeting.
To prepare yourself for the meeting you can also read the folder on psychotherapy from our professional association (the LVVP).
After the meeting you will determine together with your directing practitioner whether you will start therapy with us. Any doubts? Then take your time to think about it at home. If you decide not to start therapy with us after the introductory meeting, then we will not charge you or your health insurer.
Please note: Take your current insurance card and valid proof of identity (ID card, driving license or passport) with you to the introductory meeting. Also remember to bring your referral letter if the general practitioner/company doctor has not sent it to us.
If you decide to start therapy with us
Then your directing practitioner will decide with you which practitioner would suit you best. It is possible that the directing practitioner will conduct (part of) the treatment themselves, but this can also be done by a different practitioner under the responsibility of the directing practitioner. The directing practitioner retains final responsibility for your therapy and leads, as the name suggests, the direction of your treatment with you.
In addition there are a number of administrative issues that must be dealt with.
- You will sign a treatment agreement which describes your rights and responsibilities. You can see an example here (Dutch) and Read an explanation of our treatment contract here. By signing the treatment agreement you also agree to the terms and conditions of Empower. You can read our terms and conditions here.
- You will sign a deed of assignment. With this deed you give us permission to bill your insurer directly. You do not therefore have to advance payment for any invoices. You can see an example here (Dutch). You can read an English explanation of the deed of assignment here.
Signing of the documents is done digitally on your practitioner’s computer during the appointment after the introductory meeting. You will automatically be sent copy via email after signing.
During you therapy
Together with your practitioner you will draw up a treatment plan. This contains among other things the goals that you want to achieve with your treatment. You will also sign the treatment plan digitally on your practitioner’s computer. You will also automatically be sent a copy of the treatment plan via email after signing.
If you are dissatisfied with (the progress of) your therapy, try to discuss this first with your (main) practitioner. If you are not able to work it out together we have a complaints procedure that you can find here.
If you don’t come to an appointment or cancel an appointment less than 24 hours in advance this is called a no-show. We are allowed to send you an invoice of € 50,- per no-show. You must pay this yourself and you typically can not get reimbursements for this from your healthcare insurer.
In case of crisis
Do you require immediate attention during your therapy and are you unable to reach your therapist? Call the Dutch emergency number 112, your general practitioner / “huisarts” or after business hours the “huisartsenpost” in your city.
After your therapy
At the end of your therapy we will invoice your insurer directly with the deed you signed at the beginning. You don’t have to advance payment for any invoices.
We will also invite you to write a review about your therapy online. You are not obliged to write a review.
Would you like more information about the treatment process at Empower? Read more on this page.
Do you have any questions? Then get in touch with the person you have/had the introductory meeting with. Have you not yet requested an introductory meeting? Then apply here.