Danielle Oprel is a psychotherapist and clinical psychologist. She specialises in the treatment of personality disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Danielle is a supervisor for the Dutch Association for Psychotherapy (NVP), the Dutch Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (VGCt) and the Dutch Schema Therapy Association. In addition, she is a licensed group psychotherapist (NVGP) and EMDR-Europe practitioner (VEN).
At the moment Danielle is combining clinical work at the psychotrauma-department of PsyQ The Hague with a PhD position at Leiden University. She is also involved in the post-master education for Psychotherapy at RINO Utrecht. Since 2012 Danielle has a regular column in the ‘Tijdschrift voor Psychotherapie’ (the Dutch Journal for Psychotherapy). A selection of her columns was recently collected under the title ‘Niet Gek’ (De Tijdstroom, 2018).
Improving PTSD treatment for adults with childhood trauma (IMPACT study)
I am a PhD candidate at the IMPACT study. With this study we aim to evaluate three types of treatments for adults with Childhood Abuse related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CA-PTSD): prolonged exposure (16 sessions in 16 weeks), intensified prolonged exposure (12 sessions in 4 weeks and 2 booster sessions) and phase based treatment (8 sessions emotion regulation and interpersonal skills training with STAIR followed by 8 sessions prolonged exposure in 16 weeks). We will investigate the reduction in PTSD symptoms and other PTSD related symptomatology, the cost-effectiveness of the treatments and differences in dropout between the treatments. Additionally, we will investigate whether there are patient characteristics which are related to the effectiveness of the treatment.
The study is carried out at PsyQ (Parnassia Groep) and funded by ZonMW and the ‘Innovatiefonds Zorgverzekeraars’.
I coordinate the IMPACT study together with Chris Hoeboer (also a PhD candidate in this study). My supervisors are Maartje Schoorl (copromotor Leiden University), Willem van der Does (promotor Leiden University) and Agnes van Minnen (promotor, Radboud University).