Would you like someone to talk to, someone who is trained to support you and help you develop insight and self-support?
Coaching and therapy are about personal growth and how you handle what life throws at you. The gestalt method is based on the idea that the person you are in any given situation is influenced by the situation and your reactions to it. When you are fully present in the moment in a non-judgmental way new choices become apparent and you have the best basis for making good decisions. The role of a gestalt coach or therapist is to help you explore what it means to be present. In this way you become aware of why you react the way you do, and you can choose to react in new and more fruitful ways.
Are you curious about how gestalt can add to your life?
I'm a trained gestalt coach, and am currently in my practicum as a gestalt therapist in training at The Norwegian Gestalt Institute College (NGI). You can read more about the gestalt method, about me, and practical details about what I can offer if you scroll down.
Don't hesitate to contact me - I'm happy to answer your questions!
So what does a gestalt coach or therapist do?
The gestalt method is based on recognising how we are influenced by people and events, and how our words and actions influence situations we're in and people we interact with. When we see things as they actually are, as opposed to how we wish they were, new possibilities seem to come out of nowhere. These possibilities were likely there all along, but we were distracted by our wishes for change.
This is called the paradoxical theory of change: When we accept how we think and feel, we discover that it's possible to choose to behave or react in new ways. Take a look at the image above. Do you see a vase, or two faces in profile? Through the gestalt method, we learn to see ourselves and others in a new light.
This method is based on two branches of philosophy: existentialism and phenomenology. It had its beginnings as a form of therapy in the 1940s and 50s, and was later adapted to coaching.
I'm an American, born in 1964. I moved to Norway in 1987.
I worked as a professional orchestral musician here in Norway for 12 years. I have bachelor and master degrees in music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States (1987) and The Norwegian State Academy of Music (1991), respectively. In 2011 I completed a masters degree in East Asian Linguistics (Chinese) at The University of Oslo, and I ran a proofreading and copy editing business for several years.
I'm married and have a son, born in 1992.
From 1999 - 2017 I had a management position at Oslo's public library, where I was responsible for team development and had personal supervision of 22 employees. It was as a result of this work that I developed a strong interest in helping individuals with personal and professional development. From May 2017 the focus of my position at the library is developing and maintaining systems and routines that affect employees' daily working life, and giving general support to the employees who work directly with the public.
In 2016 I complete a two year coaching programme at The Norwegian Gestalt Institute College (NGI), where I'm currently studying to be a psychotherapist and am in the second year of my two-year practicum. I'm an accredited member of the professional organisation GPO, and am therefore qualified to offer coaching to students as part of their study at NGI. I participate regularly in professional supervision with experienced coaches and therapists.
I'm married and have a son, born in 1992.
Photo: Kristin Aafløy Opdan
A coaching session is NOK 750 (500 for students, unemployed, and pensioners).
I'm accredited by GPO, and can therefore offer coaching to students at NGI.
During my practicum I can offer therapy at a reduced price, NOK 550 (350 for students, unemployed and pensioners).
I offer free therapy and coaching for stroke survivors and their families through NFS. I had a stroke in 2013, and can offer informed support to others in this situation.
I take my responsibility to protect your personal information seriously, and my practice is in compliance with the GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation that went into effect in the EU/EØS in May of 2018.
I only record information directly related to our work together. My clients' information is kept under lock and key, and is separate from client journals. This means that you can't be identified in my notes from our sessions. I am the only person who has access to client information and journals in my practice. The information you give me is never shared with a third party without your permission other than for billing purposes, or without a court order,. You are welcome to ask me at any time to see all personalia I have recorded, as well as your client journal.
My office at Kampen Helseklinikk is only a five-minute walk from Etterstadgata (bus 37) and Ensjø (t-bane). Parking on the street and at a nearby apartment building.
Hedmarkgate 13C, Oslo 0658, NO