Going through a difficult time?
Feeling anxious, stressed or depressed?
Been through a traumatic event?
Experiencing difficulties in your sexuality?
Encountering difficulties in your relationships?
I offer a free initial phone or online consultation to discuss your needs and explore how we can work together.
I offer face-to-face and online psychotherapy in English, Italian, French and Maltese in Copenhagen.
Psychotherapy is a confidential space that helps you deal with difficult moments in life and further your personal development. It helps you develop a deeper awareness of your body, emotions, thoughts, and behaviours. It also increases your understanding of how your childhood relationship patterns affect your current relationships. Psychotherapy also provides you with the tools you require to change how you behave, feel and think. This makes it possible to live a freer and more meaningful life with a greater sense of wellbeing. Psychotherapy can be beneficial in various aspects of life including moments when you:
- experience depression or anxiety
- are suffering from a high level of stress
- have obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviour
- are experiencing relationship difficulties
- experience low self-esteem and confidence
- feel blocked by shame and guilt
- are dealing with bereavement
- are struggling with some aspects of your sexual life
- are questioning or coming to terms with your sexual or gender identity
- are affected by the experience of a traumatic event
- have some form of dependency or addiction
- are going through major life changes
- want to have a better understanding of yourself and live a more meaningful life
As an integrative psychotherapist based in Copenhagen I offer both face-to-face and online psychotherapy in English and other languages. I am trained in different psychotherapeutic approaches which I draw on according to what is more appropriate for your needs at this moment in life.
Areas I can help with include:
- Eating difficulties (e.g. anorexia, bulimia)
- Obsessive thoughts
- Compulsive behaviours
- Sleep disturbance
- Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Romantic relationships
- Sex and sexuality
- Coming out
- Kink / Fetish / BDSM
- Sexual abuse and trauma
- Gender identity issues
- Interpersonal difficulties
- Personal growth and development
- Life coaching
- Shame and guilt
- Self-esteem and confidence
- Stress management
- Workplace issues
I work in English, Maltese, Italian, and French. I also have a good understanding of Spanish.
Below are some of the main psychotherapeutic approaches I use in my work, with a brief description of each one.
Integrative therapy centres on the fact that humans are complex beings with different physical experiences, thoughts, feelings, behaviours, relationships, and social contexts. This means that no single psychotherapeutic approach can fully understand and encompass a person’s difficulties. Instead, the best psychotherapeutic approach to use depends on what suits your needs in this particular moment in time, and what research has shown is more effective with particular issues. Integrative therapy also aims at developing your psychological flexibility. For example, if you are more of a rational person, we will put focus more on your emotions and on your body, while if you tend to be guided more by your emotions, we will focus more on including your rational side. This helps you become a more resilient person.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) aims at breaking patterns of behaviour and thought processes that are negative, dysfunctional, or distressing. It involves examining how you think and how this links with how you behave and feel. CBT includes between-session tasks to help you become more aware of your inner experiences and to help you change some of your behaviours. It is usually a shorter-term form of therapy and is more geared towards adopting better strategies to manage life difficulties.
Psychodynamic therapy is based on the belief that starting from our childhood we develop ways of protecting ourselves from having to deal with painful or difficult aspects of ourselves and our life. These defences can become unhelpful as time goes by and can result in emotional problems and relationship difficulties. Psychodynamic therapy helps you become more conscious of these internal conflicts, safely experience the feelings which are causing your difficulties, and begin to resolve those conflicts. It involves looking at your past in depth to understand how it is affecting your present. Hence, it is a form of long-term therapy that enables you to get to know yourself at a very deep level and bring about deeper and longer-lasting change.
Humanistic therapy is based on the belief that we have an ability to solve our own problems because we desire to fulfil our potential as human beings. It is when this potential is blocked or obscured by painful life experiences that mental health issues arise. Hence, in psychotherapy, we work on identifying and removing these obstacles through self-directed growth and change. This form of therapy is more focused on the present moment and is less directive than others forms of therapy.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a psychological treatment that targets the way our mind processes information. This is very pertinent to working with the effects of psychological trauma. EMDR helps the brain process these memories because they would not have been stored properly in our memory system and so interfere with our normal coping mechanisms.
- Have you ever experienced a traumatic incident that has lingered on?
- Have you had a number of very distressing experiences in life that still feel overwhelming?
- Are you experiencing nightmares or distressing dreams?
- Do upsetting memories come to mind in an unwarranted way?
- Are you noticing unexplainable changes in mood or aggression?
- Have you become hyperalert to everyday situations?
If you answer yes to some of the above, this can indicate that you are dealing with what your mind or body have experienced as a trauma. Trauma can arise from various kinds of experiences ranging from single events like road traffic collisions, natural disasters, surgery, or assault, to more complex situations like childhood abuse, complicated bereavement, or personality disorders. It can be something that you experience yourself, that you witness, or that you become aware of and is of particular relevance to you.
We normally process our memories using our past experience of ourselves and the world we live in. However, if you are involved in a distressing experience, you may feel overwhelmed and this blocks you from processing that information in a regular manner. As a result, the distressing memory becomes ‘stuck’ in your brain. This can continue to have a powerful influence on your life many years after the actual event. When that memory is triggered in the present, you can end up re-experiencing that event as if it’s happening now. It can also lead you to being very prone to getting angry and hypervigilant of your surroundings, or it can lead you to being emotionally numb and trying very hard to avoid being reminded of that distressing memory.
In EMDR therapy, we stimulate the ‘stuck’ memories so that the brain can process them in the normal way it processes memories. This reduces the distress those memories cause you. EMDR therapy usually entails moving your eyes repeatedly from left to right, though it can involve other forms of bilateral stimulation. Apart from these bilateral stimulations, EMDR also involves other procedures that help reduce distress. All of this is integrated within a psychotherapeutic framework that allows you to make sense of these memories and better integrate them with the rest of your life.
- Are you coming to terms with your sexuality or gender identity?
- Are you struggling with aspects of your sexual life?
- Do you occasionally feel disconnected from your body?
- Are there any aspects of your sexual life that lead you to experience shame or guilt?
- Are you seeking to construct a more positive and integrated sexual life and identity?
I have a particular interest in working with issues related to the body, sex, sexuality and gender. I have worked with people of different sexual orientations, including lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and queer-identifying individuals. I have had clients coming with issues related to gender identity, and others with alternative sexual practices. I have also attended numerous training sessions on the subject and have been involved in related research.
Apart from being a psychotherapist, I am also a trained somatic educator. For issues concerning the body, sexuality and gender, it is possible to use a more body-orientated approach that involves touch and bodywork. This allows us to directly access body memories while avoiding cognitive defences. This can be combined with psychotherapy and EMDR therapy to help process the memories and make meaning out of your experiences.
Further information about somatic work can be found on Orange Bodies.
Psychotherapy sessions are usually 1 hour long. In some cases we can decide to have longer sessions. This will be necessary if we do more specialised work, such as EMDR or if we include somatic work.
Attendance and cancellations
Sessions are usually weekly or fortnightly. This is something that we will decide in our first meeting and can review periodically. You are always free to end therapy at any point in time. However, I suggest that we discuss this and plan on having a closing session.
If you have to cancel a session please notify me by phone, text message or email at least 48 hours in advance, otherwise you will have to pay for the agreed session.
Prices shown are for a 60 minute session and depend on your location. We can agree to have longer sessions which will be charged pro-rata.
- Denmark: 800 kr
- United Kingdom: £80
- Malta: €50
The initial phone or online consultation is free.
* I also have a couple of lower cost places for students or unemployed people in Denmark. Please get in touch for further information.
Payments can be made using the following methods:
- Bank transfer
Details for payment are provided prior to the first session. Payments are accepted in Danish Krone (preferable option) and Euro.
Payment needs to be effected by the start of the session.