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Tom Lenaerts takes us to the psychologist in ‘Therapy’: All of these problems, see: it was like therapy for myself
TV is an excellent week for Antwerp-subscriber Tom Lenaerts. His team fight to the title, Beerschot remains in the amateurklasse and tonight he introduces the newest player of his production company. The eight-part series of ‘Therapy’ shows unique conversations between psychologists and their patients.

More than a million Flemish people are in treatment for depression or burn-out. And one in four has early or late psychological help. Staggering figures, which, thanks to Tom Lenaerts (50) concrete to be made. His production company Panenka shows in ‘Therapy’ (Canvas) on how such a session with the psychologist is really in his work. A presenter is not there: in the meeting rooms are unmanned cameras, which the doctors themselves can operate. The viewer sees only the therapist the patients are given a pseudonym and their voices are re-recorded.

“We tried a sort of mix of rather violent stories and ‘home and garden keukenproblemen,’” says Lenaerts. “Contrary to what you might expect, also a lot of people go to a therapist with problems that are very recognizable for everyone. For me, the program was in any case often comforting, a therapy for myself also.”

will be discussed among others: a widow who is confused is because they are not in mourning for her husband, or a 10-year-old boy that is scared is that he never even new friends will find. But also a man who no longer wants to be with his wife who is in treatment for cancer, or a woman who cannot choose between a husband that her and her partner that her stifles.

Afraid of the doctor

“The therapeutic world tends to remain closed,” says Lenaerts. “Therefore, we wanted to just bring to the attention. Though it was quite challenging. Advance said people from the profession that it was impossible. Luckily we found with the unmanned cameras are a solution. It is brave of the therapists to feel so vulnerable on set - after all, we will look at their fingers and let them in their souls, too.”

One of the seven doctors prof. dr Sarah Ball, a psychologist and behavioral therapist specializing in traumatic experiences in children. “I notice that many people are still afraid to be in therapy. Through the series, everyone can see how it really goes during a session, though it is of course only a fraction of the conversation.”

life as a football match

Lenaerts itself has never sought the help of a psychologist, " he says. “Though I am convinced that it's just a matter of luck, because something like that you really can't predict. Tomorrow may be different. Nowadays you still considered ‘weak’ category as your problems can not solve. I hope that this program that image a little can adjust. Thus, it has, I think, is also not to do with how positive or negative you are in life. Even the largest zenboeddhist can stumble.”

Psychological help as a football fan has Lenaerts certainly not necessary. As Antwerp-supporter, he lives a boerenjaar. “Last weekend I bought a day pass on tv to KV Mechelen to see win of Beerschot (laughs). Football is one of the few moments where I really in the now can live life. Life Was just one big football - match (laughs).”

Seven therapists open tonight their doors:

Gert The Child: a psychologist and behavioral therapist of children and young people (Kontich)

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