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I am Hildur Magnúsdóttir an Integrative Psychotherapist, a holder of the European Certificate of Psychotherapy, ECP. I offer psychotherapy for adult individuals from an Integrative Humanistic perspective in my office in Reykjavík and online. My expertise  is helping adults to resolve complex / developmental trauma with its many presenting overt and covert distressing experiences and effects on life. My approach to therapy is Internal Family System Therapy (IFS),  I am influenced by Emotion Focused Therapy and apply EMDR at times. These modalities are evidence based. I regularly seek professional consultations, personal therapy and continuing education, all important aspects of quality in psychotherapy. I am a founding member and Treasurer of the  Association for Psychotherapists in Iceland (SALM) and a member of the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP). Contrary to most of the western world, Psychotherapy is not a recognised health care profession in Iceland so Icelandic licensing is not available. I am also a Nurse RN BS MSc and my practice is registered at the Directorate of Health. 


Employment within psychotherapy

I have practised privately since 2015, at the Psychology Practice Þórunnartúni 6 Reykjavík. I volunteered for Drekaslóð in 2013-2015, a centre for survivors of violence and supervised staff at Landspitali University hospital in 2016. I support international delegates of the Icelandic Red Cross. At the bottom of this page, you can read about my earlier professional career.


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My training was  a UK based 4 years MSc level program at the European Center for Psychotherapeutic Studies, completed in 2015. The training is (ECP) certified by the  European Association for Psychotherapy, EAP. There was a focus on relational developmental trauma such as abuse, neglect and unmet attachment needs,transference,  self-awareness, emotions, the therapeutic relationship and therapist´s self-development. 


Further training in Psychotherapy 

Internal Family Systems – IFS – Trauma therapy Internal Family Systems – From The Mud The Lotus

    – Level II, IFS Israeli Institute. Osnat Arbel, Einat Bronstein (online). 2021, 5 days. 

    – Level I, IFS Institute USA. Susan McConnell, Osnat Arbel, IFS Portugal (Portugal). 2019, 12 days.

    – IFS Continuity program: Group therapy, Difficulties in therapy, Autism. S. Richmond, C. Burris,                 H.Huckabee (online).  IFS Institute. 1 year, 2021-2022.   

    – IFS Continuity program: Sexuality, Trauma, Addictions, Trailheads. P.Rich, C.Sykes, F.Anderson,             M.Pastor. IFS  Institute USA (online).  2020-21.

    – Online Circle. R. Schwartz, T. Herbine-Blank, P. Krause by IFS Institute USA (online). 40 hrs, 2020.

    – IFS workshops online with IFS International Partners in Canada and Europe, 1/2-2 days 2020-2021:

       Chronic pain with Richard Schwartz, Meditation with Michelle Glass and Adrienne Glasser, Groups with Chris Burris,                   Trauma with Janina Fisher, Somatics with Susan McConnell, Legacy Burdens with Einat Bronstein and another                            with Kay Gardner, Unblending with Olivia Lester and Liz Calvert, Shamanism with Ed Yeats,  Self  with                                        Loch Kelly, Spirituality with Richard Schwartz, Self-leadership with Osnat Arbel, Addiction with                                                      Cece Sykes, Emotional Neglect with Colleen West.

    –  Consultations, groups and individual: Osnat Arbel, Kate Lingren, Cece Sykes (online). 2019-2020.

    –  Personal Psychotherapy; embodied learning. Sarah J. Wilson, Mona R. Barbera (online). 2019-. 

Emotion Focused Therapy – EFT Emotion-Focused Therapy: Coaching Clients to Work Through Their Feelings

    – Therapeutic Presence. Shari Geller (Netherlands), 2018, 2 days.

    – For Couples. (EFT Externship). Scott Woolley (England). 2017, 4 days.

    – Emotion Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma. A. Pascual-Leone (Netherlands). 2016, 2 days.

    – Level I and II. Jeanne Watson, Robert Elliott (Netherlands). 2015-2016, 10 days. 

    – Enhancing Empathic Attunement. Jeanne Watson (Netherlands). 2015, 3 days.

    – For Couples (Introduction). Þórdís Rúnarsdóttir (Iceland). 2015, 1,5 days.

EMDR  – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – Trauma TherapyMyndaniðurstaða fyrir emdr

    – Level I and II: EMDR Institute.  Roger Solomon (Iceland). 2015, 6 days.  

    – IFS-Informed EMDR. Bruce Hersey (online). 2020, 6 CE Emdria.

    – Complex Trauma; Dissociation. Art of EMDR. Roger Solomon (Iceland). 2017, 4 d.   

     – EMDR workshops online/In Iceland 1/2-2 days 2016-2020:                 

       Resilience with Roger Solomon, Flash technique with Trauma Institute/Child Trauma. with R. Greenwald, Complex                     Trauma with Roger Solomon, Complex Trauma with Gyða Eyjólfsdóttir and Margrét Blöndal.

    – Case Consultations with Gyða Eyjólfsdóttir and Brynhildur Schewing.

Other trainingMyndaniðurstaða fyrir learning

   –  Advanced DBT Prof. Training for Everyday Clinical needs (online). Lane Pederson. 4 d., 2021.

   – Somatic Trauma Therapy (I, II, III). Babette Rothschild (Ireland).  2014-2015, 12 days.         

   – Insomnia without medicament. Erla Björnsdóttir (Iceland). 2018, 1/2 day.

   – Clinical Hypnotherapy (I).  Jón V. Jakobsson and Arnþór Arnþórsson (Iceland). 2018, 10 days.

   – CBT for adults with anxiety. Gunnhildur Sveinsdóttir and Sigurbjörg J. Ludvigsdóttir (Iceland). 2016, 1 day.


Other Professional ActivityMyndaniðurstaða fyrir group working

    –  The Icelandic Association  for Psychotherapists. Founding member and Treasurer. 2019-

    –  Conference: Trauma Attachment Summit 2019 (Online). 2020.

    –  Peer Supervision with Margrét Gunnarsdóttir Integrative Psychotherapist MSc.

    –  Conference: Trauma Summit 18.  (Ireland). 2018, 2 days. 

    –  Conference Presentation:  What is Integrative Psychotherapy? (Iceland). 2018.


Before Psychotherapy


I am a nurse RN BSc MSc. I have worked at Landspitali, University hospital Reykjavik as a clinical nurse, deputy nurse manager and a trainer in the surgical division for about 15 years. Another 15 years I was a project manager in the Human Resources and Science / Training Divisions with focus on new recruits, continuing education, foreign employees and culturally competent care. Simultaneously I was a clinical trainer, lecturer and BSc/MSc supervisor at the University of  IcelandAkureyri University and a tutor in MSc studies at RCN Institute London. In between I took a leave to work  for the International Red Cross Movement (ICRC / Icelandic Red Cross) in rural areas, hospitals, camps and prisons in 9 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe in clinical (nursing), training (health care, pharmacy, warehousing) and management (health coordinator, hospital director) roles in war and natural disaster zones. My innate excitement for experiencing the wider world has also taken me to study and do other types of work internationally since my early 20s. Reviewed publication of MSc study in English: Overcoming strangeness and communication barriers: a phenomenological study of becoming a foreign nurse (2005).