“I encourage clients to work on current problems while simultaneously exploring historic patterns.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have been intrigued by the complexity of human beings and the pursuit of meaning and happiness as far back as I can remember. As a teenager back in Sweden, I was part of a theatre company that produced plays with complex plots and characters, where my fascination and analysis of human thoughts and behaviors flourished. I studied psychology and philosophy in college and attended graduate school for clinical social work. I have received post-graduate training in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), a cognitive behavior approach. REBT draws heavily on philosophy, especially Stoic philosophy, in that it is incorporated into the cognitive challenging aspect of therapy. I feel very fortunate to incorporate my zest for philosophy, psychology, and creativity into my professional life. In my view, therapy is a dynamic art of play where no session and no client is the same.
What should someone know about working with you?
I’m collaborative and interactive and my sessions tend to have a conversational feel to them. I encourage clients to work on current problems while simultaneously exploring historic patterns. I ask questions and pose theories to help initiate thoughts and dialogue, and to better understand clients and their challenges. Clients often come to therapy with situational or practical problems. I help them identify unhealthy emotions and behaviors tied to their practical problems and negotiate healthy emotional goals. The idea is that once clients develop more flexible and less extreme belief systems, healthy emotions follow suit. When clients have healthy emotional responses, they are better equipped to solve their practical problems.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I continue to learn, train and build on my skill sets as a Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapist.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I endeavor to and value staying true to myself, as well as being genuine and authentic in my relations with others. I strive to find emotional contentment and balance in my day-to-day life, which aligns with REBT’s philosophy to promote life satisfaction and happiness by reducing intense negative emotions and increasing the frequency of positive emotions. I have extensive training and practice in meditation, which has supported me on my personal journey, as well as enhanced my professional abilities as a therapist. While meditation encourages calmness and a greater sense of presence, it has also aided me in the process of tuning in with my authentic self and my clients’ emotions, aspirations, and challenges.
“When clients have healthy emotional responses, they are better equipped to solve their practical problems.”