On this website you can find more information about posttraumatic stress disorder and the contents of the BEPP treatment.

GP's and other professsionals can find information about the possibilities for application of BEPP.

Therapists can find information when the next workshops and trainings in BEPP will take place..


News about BEPP

31 October 2018

“I enjoyed the training, it was a high-quality experience. I favour the BEPP protocol because it is existential and eclectic as well as evidence-based; it will sit well alongside my equine-facilitated psychotraumatology approach too.”

Sarah Paton Briggs, The Grove Practice, Ashlar Evolution, The IFEEL Centre, UK

'Thank you so much Berthold for a great couple of days training; informative, comprehensive and insightful. I think the BEPP protocol is my number one tool now as the mix of cognitive elements of exposure, the psychodynamic elements of making meaning and the healing element of emotions makes it a very powerful authentic tool’.  

Sun Founder of CEO IFEEL Method of Equine Facilitated Pyscho-Traumatology

1 August 2018

Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for PTSD (BEPP) is an evidence based treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

15 August 2017

.Following its detailed review and independent analysis of the findings of the systematic review, the APA Guideline Development Panel (GDP) strongly recommends the use of the following psychotherapies/interventions (all interventions that follow listed in alphabetical order) for adult patients with PTSD: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)2, cognitive processing therapy (CPT), cognitive therapy (CT), and prolonged exposure therapy (PE). The panel suggests the use of brief eclectic psychotherapy (BEP), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and narrative exposure therapy (NET). There is insufficient evidence to recommend for or against offering Seeking Safety (SS) or relaxation (RLX). For medications, the panel suggests offering the following (in alphabetical order): fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline, and venlafaxine. There is insufficient evidence to recommend for or against offering risperidone and topiramate,

Indications for BEPP

The BEP-treatment is designed for clients with a post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of a single traumatic event. When someone has experienced multiple traumatic events, clients need to be assessed individually to determine whether BEPP treatment is indicated. To apply BEPP in the case of multiple traumatic experiences, it is important that the onset of PTSD is preceded by one core-traumatic event.

Contra-indications are other serious psychiatric disorders, which make the application of this treatment protocol more difficult, or other disorders for which application of the treatment involves a risk of deterioration of functioning. Severe depressive disorder has priority over the treatment of PTSD, because of the worsening of cognitive functions, and the risk of suicide. In the case of dependence on alcohol or drugs, it depends on whether the abuse is done to suppress intrusions (secondary to PTSD), and whether an agreement can be made with the client to stop the substance abuse during the treatment.

BEPP treatment is not indicated when the person has a primary severe personality disorder. In the case of an acute psychotic disorder or a severe dissociative disorder BEPP can not be applied.