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. My fees for a session are 13.000 IKR (16.000 for sessions with more than one person).  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 problems in their relationships (spouse, friends, at work etc) and are pained by a broken relationship, loss or were tricked by a love-scammer.

I work with issues underlying addiction and co-dependence and with 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.

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, most commonly; chair work, mindfulness, relaxation, 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. 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 relational and child / human developmental phenomenological pillar within the holistic Humanistic Abstract word cloud for Humanistic psychology with related tags and terms Stock Photo - 16578700Psychology. 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.