I work as a mental health counsellor providing in-person individual counselling for adults and adolescents from my private practice in Malmö, Sweden. For my internationally based clients, I provide Skype sessions that allow for easy access to counselling sessions with flexible scheduling.
My office provides a safe, private and confidential setting for clients.
The approach I use is integrative, taking from various schools of thought in order to mould an approach to fit each client's unique needs and experience at one given point in time. Integrative counselling emphasises the importance of integrating the cognitive, emotional, physiological and behavioural experiences of a person in order to facilitate wholeness and well being.
One of the main approaches I integrate is person-centred counselling which is a humanistic approach whereby the client and I work together, at the client’s pace, at further understanding and dealing with what brought them to counselling and with what may come up in the course of the process. It has been demonstrated across meta-analyses of various approaches that the most important component and catalyst for change in counselling is the therapeutic rapport between the therapist and client. This is a rapport consisting of genuineness, empathy and connectedness.
I find cognitive behavioural techniques of great value in stabilising a client suffering from bouts of anxiety. I apply approaches from interpersonal therapy and transactional analysis when working with relationship concerns or conflicts between various roles in the client's life. Psychodynamic approaches, which look at how our past experiences, including both inter and intra-personal dynamics, have influenced our current behaviours and patterns of thought, can be of great importance in clarifying and giving a sense of meaning to current patterns of behaviour. With an existential approach, together the client and I work in the here and now of the therapy session and look at anxieties rooted in existence that the client may be experiencing as well as blocked feelings and wishes that may be preventing the client from reaching his or her full potentiality. Mindfulness and acceptance and commitment practices highlight the importance of being in the moment, in a non-judgemental and fully aware manner, with whatever states or emotions that surface. It helps the client create the space to connect and be with the body and current experience.
Different approaches can also have a significant role in facilitating different stages of therapy. What is in common with my use of these various approaches is that I work with the client to facilitate access to their inner resources.
The range of issues I provide counselling for include:
- Symptoms of depressed or anxious mood
- Stress and burnout
- Difficulties responding to emotions
- Challenges recognising and asserting
- Crises of identity
- Adjusting to different environments
(adults as well as "third culture kids")
- Relationship difficulties
- Grief and bereavement
- Dealing with transitions and change
- Special Needs
- Struggles with social situations
- Low self esteem and low self confidence
"The truth one discovers for oneself has far greater power than a truth delivered by others." -Irvin Yalom
"The central task of the therapist is to seek to understand the patient as a being and as being in his world." -Rollo May