20161005_120315Practical issues

Psychotherapy with me takes place in a dialogue at my private practice at Þórunnartún 6, (Psychology Practise, Sálfræðistofur) 3rd floor, in central 105 Reykjavík near Hlemmur. Sessions are 50 minutes once a week or more / less frequently depending on the individual´s interest, needs and financial capacity. My working languages are Icelandic and English. I offer Skype sessions for people who live far from Reykjavík. My fees for a session are 14.000 IKR. Most labour unions partly refund such session for their members. I am regulated by the EAP code of ethics on confidentiality and professionalism. As a Registered Nurse I am regulated by law and regulations for the conduct of health care professionals in Iceland and the codes of Icelandic Nurses. I attend regular supervision. 

I work with adults in individual therapy.

I work with people who are burdened by a lack of self-worth, guilt, self-criticism, anger, shame, loneliness, sense of rejection and oppression. I work with people who experience loss, problems in their relationships (spouse, friends, at work etc), are pained by broken relationships or were trickMyndaniðurstaða fyrir compassioned by a love-scammer.

I work with issues underlying addiction and co-dependence.  I work with various forms of anxiety and depression. I help adults to work through childhood attachment trauma of abuse, neglect and unmet needs and survivors of other types of trauma and violence (physical, sexual, psychological) such as bullying.

I work with people who experience existential or identity crisis, are insecure in who they are or what they want in life and guide people who wish to or are making changes in their behavior or life. I am willing and capable of going with my clients into their deep dark parts in a safe, accepting, effective manner.

How I work

I primarily work in a dialogue (talking-therapy) but I also use in-session experiments and homework when appropriate and agreed upon bDialogue by Nancy Schon.y my clients, like chair work, mindfulness, relaxation, breathing, visualization, inner awareness, inner child and inner critic work. I promote an attitude of self-acceptance, curiosity, empathy and self-compassion. I work with present experiences and explore how they might be affected by the past. I work primarily with and through awareness of self, understanding, regulation and expression of emotions and associated body sensations and their interplay with thoughts and behavior. I am primarily guided by Emotion Focused Therapy, an evidence based humanistic approach that views emotions as centrally important in human functioning and therapeutic change. I work through the therapeutic relationship within safe ethical boundaries at a pace suitable for each client. I promote collaborative work where I see both me and my clients as active knowledgeable and responsible participants that change and are affected by the other.

Theoretical foundations

I work  from an integrative psychotherapeutic approach that rests on a relatiAbstract word cloud for Humanistic psychology with related tags and terms Stock Photo - 16578700onal and child / human developmental phenomenological pillar within the holistic Humanistic Psychology. Important contributions originate from Emotion Focused Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Field Theory, Object Relations Theory, Self-Psychology and recent developments in Neuroscience. The developmental perspective incorporates the work of Bowlby (Attachment Theory), Winnicott and Stern. In trauma work I am guided by the approaches of Emotion Focused Therapy,  Babette Rothschild (Somatic Trauma Therapy), Bessel van der Kolk and EMDR. In inner child work I am guided by the work of April Steele.