My Therapy Practice
I work as a private therapist, or “samtalsterapeut” as it is called in Swedish, and am not licensed by any Swedish licensing authority. While receiving therapy outside of the Swedish public health system means you have to pay privately for sessions (unless covered by private insurance), it also provides some advantages:
- You don’t need a doctor’s referral and you can usually get an appointment with me right away.
- I work collaboratively with you in setting goals for your therapy and deciding on the duration of therapy.
- You have greater privacy, as your sessions are fully confidential (within the bounds of the law) and your information is not reviewed or otherwise accessed by the public health system.
- I can be more flexible in my treatment approach, as I am not limited to using therapeutic modalities sanctioned by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen). Many people are happy with the therapy they have received within the Swedish public health system. Some people are not, for different reasons, and if you are one of them you might like my more flexible approach.
I was born and grew up in Sweden. In my late teens I moved to the United States, where I’ve spent most of my adult life. I have also lived for some time in Japan and India.
Before I moved back to Sweden in 2020, I had a full-time private practice in the United States as a Marriage and Family Therapist, a type of licensed psychotherapist in the State of California. Despite the name, Marriage and Family Therapists work not only with couples or families but also with individual clients. In my California private practice, a little over half of my clients were individual adults and adolescents, and the rest were couples and occasional families. Many of my clients were expats and immigrants, due to California’s diverse population. I continue to meet with a smaller number of California-based clients via video.
I received my master’s degree in counseling psychology, with a somatic specialization, from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California. I also have an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor (law) degree from Stanford University. I have trained extensively in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, and am certified as a Hakomi Therapist by the Hakomi Institute of California.
In a previous career I worked as an attorney, and some of the cognitive skills that served me well in that profession have also proved useful in my work as a therapist, such as problem solving skills and an ability to understand and effectively communicate complex ideas. Equally important are my heart-centered skills and qualities, developed through a diverse range of life experiences and professional trainings, including empathy, compassion, a desire to help others, a deep curiosity about the human condition, and an absolute faith in the ability of the human spirit to overcome obstacles and to heal and grow.
In my free time I enjoy the outdoors, tennis, meditation, and improvisational dance and movement practices.