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Tine Daeseleire

Founder, The Human Link

Tine Daeseleire, Founder of The Human Link, has built up her expertise in the field of stress and well-being within companies and organisations over several years. She holds a master’s degree in psychology, behavioral therapist, aggregate in psychology and specialises in social psychology, health psychology and prevention. She teaches as an external lecturer at the Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven) and the University of Gent (Ugent) in the training “Postgraduate Behavioral Therapy”.

Until the start of The Human Link, she worked for 6 years in ISW (Institute for Stress and Work), a spin-off company of the KULeuven, where she was co-founder. Before that she worked for 10 years at the AZ St-Maarten in Duffel where she developed the CASPA (Center for Anxiety, Stress and Psychosomatic Disorders) together with a colleague.

About The Human Link:
The Human Link wants to stimulate organisations, companies and individuals to pay attention to psychological well-being. In organisations and companies The Human Link offers support in setting up and implementing a human policy that promotes the well-being of employees. It assists organisations to take concrete preventive actions in the field of chronic stress and to provide shelter and aftercare in the event of shocking events.
Individuals can also come to us for specific guidance on work-related problems and for dealing better with anxiety complaints.
The Human Link offers help providers (doctors, psychologists, prevention advisers, etc.) to pass on expertise in the field of psychological well-being.


Patronus: a blended care treatment for panic disorder, claustrophobia and driving anxiety

Location Einstein ABC Room Start / end time 10:00 am to 10:20 am

Mental health is critical to overall health. Anxiety disorders are highly prevalent and disabling conditions. They lead to feelings of incapacitating fear and represent a cost of EUR 74.4 billion in Europe alone.

Exposure therapy (ET) involves gradually confronting the patient with the object or situation of their fear. It is an effective treatment, but it is also time-consuming, expensive and difficult to control. Virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) is a safe, controlled, cost-effective and potent alternative. Using a computer-generated environment, VRET immerses the patient gradually into an emotional experience. However, current solutions fall short in correctly assessing the patient’s real-time anxiety level during exposure. Second, easy and dynamic personalization of the VRET is currently not possible. Third, VRETs are often standalone and intricate solutions, complicating longitudinal, long-term follow-up through blended self-care and therapist involvement. Although mobile apps for anxiety exist, they do not include the therapist in the daily follow-up and coaching loop.

Patronus offers a solution for these three shortcomings. The blended care therapy consists of face-to-face and virtual reality therapy. Standard exposure therapy is enriched with an algorithm that automatically creates personal scenarios in VR, wearables that measure a objective anxiety level and a coaching app with VR@Home.