Bjorg Hermannsdottir, PhD - Counselling Psychologist
8-26 Bath Street
One of my best mentors described good therapy as a chance to be “curious together”. By taking a shared look at the difficulties that may have led you to feeling stuck, new perspectives and ideas get created. Those ideas can then be used to make specific changes in your life, with the ultimate goal of increasing your wellbeing and resilience.
What to Expect in Your First Session
From the start of our first session, you can expect me to interact with you in a warm, non-judgmental, and honest manner, and to listen actively to what you have to say. My priority is to establish an atmosphere of safety, so while I will challenge you to examine uncomfortable experiences, I will also ensure that our work proceeds at a pace that feels manageable to you. I genuinely enjoy collaboration and you can be sure that I will encourage you to participate actively in our work, for example by taking what we have discussed and applying it to different situations in your life.
My Approach to Therapy
My main approach to therapy is CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). This method has been found to be very effective in assisting people with a range of common mental health difficulties, including generalized anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress, and depression. Through a collaborative dialogue, we may for example discuss the interaction between specific situations, thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, explore your core beliefs and ways of coping, and identify new ways to address current difficulties. The ultimate goal of CBT is to build skills, resources, and flexible ways of meeting life’s many challenges.
Having trained as a Counselling Psychologist, I am familiar with many different approaches to talking therapy. Whereas CBT is at the centre of my work, I often draw from other theories and styles of therapy when I believe that may fit better with a person’s needs and make the therapy work more meaningful and effective.
How Long Will Therapy Last?
Each person comes in with their own unique concerns and hopes for therapy. While some people feel better after only a couple of sessions, others benefit more from longer-term work. At the end of our first session, we will discuss the length and focus of therapy and throughout our work together we will evaluate how things are going to make sure we are heading in the right direction.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship (2015)
PhD in Counseling Psychology (2014)
MA in Counseling (2009)
BA in Psychology (2006)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship issues
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sexual assault, family of origin difficulties, immigration, discrimination, racism, cultural concerns.
Individual therapy session: £65
Each session lasts 50 minutes.
I can provide therapy both in English and in Icelandic.
My office is wheelchair accessible. Further information on the location, transportation links, and parking can be found at http://www.ongea.co.uk/old-street-counselling-psychotherapy/
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|