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 gestalt therapist MNGF and gestalt coach MGPO, as well as a supervisor of therapists and coaches. I trained at The Norwegian Gestalt Institute College (NGI) where I'm now an assistant professor and am currently in a post-graduate program at Istituto di Gestalt in Italy. 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 and became a Norwegian citizen in 2021.
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. If you'd like to read about my research in Classical Chinese, you can click here.
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 through this work that I developed a strong interest in helping individuals with personal and professional development. From May 2017 to December 2018 the focus of my position at the library was developing and maintaining systems and routines that affect employees' daily working lives, and giving general support to the employees who worked directly with the public.
In 2016 I completed a two-year coaching programme at The Norwegian Gestalt Institute College (NGI), in 2019 I completed the Institute's four-year training in psychotherapy. I'm a member of the Norwegian Gestalt Therapist Association (www.ngfo.no) and an accredited member of the professional organisation GPO. I participate regularly in professional supervision with experienced coaches and therapists. I'm an associate professor at NGI, where I teach student therapists and coaches.
I've completed NGI's two-year International Advanced Training and an 18-month supervisor education and will complete a four-year programme of advanced training at Instituto di Gestalt in Italy in the spring of 2023.
I am currently researching gestalt therapeutic intervention as a supplement to rehabilitation after stroke.
Photo: Kristin Aafløy Opdan
Supervision sessions can be booked for kr 980 inkl for an hour or 490 inkl MVA for 30 minutes.
Supervision sessions can be booked by individuals or groups. The hourly fee is the same for groups, which makes the cost for the individual less.
A coaching or therapy session for individuals is NOK 980 inkl MVA (NOK 875 inkl MVA for students, those on disability pension, jobb seekers, and pensioners).
I'm accredited by GPO.
Couples therapy: NOK 1500 inkl MVA (90 minutter).
All types of couples are welcome - friends, relatives, partners. Couples therapy is just as important for those who want to stay together as it is for those who want help to navigate a difficult parting of the ways.
You can contact me via the contact form or just book directly online.
Coaching or presentations/workshops for companies and organisations - contact me for info and pricing.
For those who can't come to my office, I offer digital session via the GDPR-approved platform Confrere.
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.