Practical issues

My office is located centrally in Reykjavik, at Þórunnartún 6, near Hlemmur. Sessions are 60 minutes once a week or less frequently depending on the individual´s interest, needs and financial capacity. I also offer online sessions on Zoom. My fees are 17.000 IKR, 15.000 if sessions are weekly.  Most labour unions partly refund session for their members: please check your union. I expect my clients to accept this framework for our work. I seek regular consultations, personal therapy and continuing education, all important quality measures in psychotherapy. Contrary to most of the western world, Psychotherapy is not a recognised profession in Iceland so Icelandic licensing is not available. My practice is registered at the Directorate of Health in Iceland. I am regulated by the SALM code of ethics (in Icelandic only) and as a Registered Nurse I am also regulated by the public system in Iceland and the ethical codes of Icelandic Nurses.

Emergency services: I do not offer emergency services. Should you need help in this moment , there are several places you can contact.  Please do not hesitate  to reach out to them – they are there for you, now this minute.

 

Myndaniðurstaða fyrir compassionIndividual therapy for adults

I work with people who are burdened by a lack of self-worth, guilt, self-criticism, anger, shame, loneliness, emptiness, sense of rejection, excessive responsibility and oppression. I work with people who experience loss, problems in their relationships, depression, anxiety and fear. I work with issues underlying addiction and co-dependence. I help adults to work through childhood attachment trauma of abuse, bullying, neglect and unmet needs as well as traumas of adulthood. I work with people who experience existential or identity crisis and burnout, are insecure in who they are or what they want in life. I am willing to go with my clients into their deep dark and perhaps resented parts in a safe, respectful, accepting manner at their own pace.

 

How I workDialogue by Nancy Schon.

Integrative Psychotherapists use methods and assumptions of various Humanistic approaches and aim for inner harmony.

My approach to psychotherapy is IFS (Internal Family System), I am influenced by EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy) the work of Bessel Van der Kolk, Gabor Maté, Janina Fisher and Neurobiology and use EMDR at times. My initial integrative training was mainly attachment theory and Gestalt focused.

In line with IFS we explore personal (personality) parts, through experiencing, understanding, befriending and helping them to let go of the burdens they hold. Every person has an undamaged inner Self; a healing power, self-leadership abilities like calmness, clarity, trust, curiosity and self-compassion, qualities that are  increasingly uncovered during therapy. I work with the present and explore how it might be affected by the past, 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. I am willing to go with my clients into their deep dark and perhaps resented parts in a safe, respectful, accepting manner.

I encourage my clients to develop a routine of self-care between sessions aimed at forming a solid compassionate relationship with themselves by being curious and accepting, but not judgemental, about oneself. This includes exercises like noticing and staying with own inner states, taking care of own parts, meditations as well as outdoor activities, strengthening relations and a healthy sleep routine. Inner well-being is increased in the same manner as muscular strength: by regular practice that increases the capacity to handle distressing situations when they arise.

 

More about my approaches

Internal Family System TherapyA Few Lessons Leaders Can Learn From The Movie Inside Out | by Sandeep Kashyap | Medium

is an evidence based trauma approach that is recommended by the world-leading experts Gabor Maté and Bessel van der Kolk. IFS views a person as containing an ecology of relatively discrete minds (parts, aspects of personality), each of which are designed to play a valuable role in the person´s life. Life experiences can force the parts out of their roles and reorganise the inner system in distressing and polarised ways. While the intentions of the parts are only good, their methods are harmful in their extreme forms. Parts are helped to let go of their extreme behaviour so our Self can become (again) our internal leader and healer and IFS becomes a way of life. Here the founder of the model, Richard Schwartz, explains IFS; video and text.

 

Emotion Focused TherapyImage result for emotion focused therapy

is an evidence based humanistic approach that views emotions central in human functioning and therapeutic change, summarised as “changing emotions with emotions“. Here is how ISEFT defines it  and here Leslie Greenberg explains it and why it works.

 

EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and ReprocessingHow EMDR Therapy can Resolve Trauma

is an evidence based trauma therapy. Eye movements, directed by the therapist, are used to help resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. The traumatic event will still be remembered but without the inhibiting emotions and thoughts associated with it. Kati Morton explains the process and why it works in a short video