Paul graduated as a nurse in 1994 in the Netherlands and has worked since in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in the areas of prevention, treatment, aftercare, dual diagnosis, training, innovation and as an independent prescriber in addiction treatment services. He currently lives and works in the United Kingdom.

He was awarded a clinical excellence award for innovation by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in 2010 and coordinated and evaluated a 2-year outreach alcohol pilot project from 2015 - 2016 in London, exceeding expected results.

In 2014, he became an independent nurse prescriber, and from 2018, he gained qualifications as a somatic therapist.

Informed by his experience, he offers support to addiction organisation to transform into trauma-integrated healing communities.

In 2023 he received certification as a Global Nurse Consultant by the International Council of Nurses and CGFNS.

He is a co-founder of the ERA-Institute which launches in October 2024 with a free online trauma informed addiction conference.