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About me

Hello! I’m Mikael. I am a therapist working with individuals, couples, and families. I believe most of us need more acceptance and less fixing in our lives, less self-criticism, and more compassion. In my practice, I support people with a number of different issues to find more acceptance in themselves. This includes among other things tackling and facing lack of confidence, self-doubt, low self-worth.

As a Family, Couple and Systemic Psychotherapist, I have for many years provided therapeutic consultations and workshops to various organisations and social care teams over a broad range of services as well as undertaking direct clinical work with individuals, couples, and families.

Individual Therapy

In our work together we will move towards creating more capacity in you to feel the hard things, to handle stress, depression, anxiety, sadness, trauma and not become overwhelmed and on helping you discover and move towards the aims and aspirations you have for your life. Our work together will be of empathy, curiosity, compassion, and overtime trust. I will listen to you but also ask a lot of questions, make some statements and there will be laughter and perhaps some tears.

I work in a respectful and appreciative way that is also thought-provoking for us together to build on your existing strengths and create new ones to help you experience more positive emotions and to find new ways to address your difficulties. With me, you can show up exactly as you are, be that angry, heartbroken, confused, anxious, depressed, or excited and hopeful. I work both short-term and long-term depending on what fits you, your issues, and your situation.

Together our work will help you address your difficulties and struggles in different ways and move your life in the direction that is meaningful for you.

Couple Therapy

If you are a couple and find yourself stuck in strategies that deprive you of the love you both desire, perhaps the relationship has frequent arguments and conflicts and often feels unfulfilling with mutual unhappiness and blame. Couple therapy can help you feel more connected and enable you to disagree and argue without feeling like they threaten your relationship.

It can help change the relationship from one of constriction to one of flexibility and meaning. In redefining your relationship, you can both become much more able to face the struggles and absurdities in life with laughter and a sense of togetherness.

Ways to achieve this can be exploring and reflecting on communication, patterns of behaviours and how the relationships can be changed and adjusted to better meet the couple’s needs and values.

I also offer clinical consultation to parents, which is separate from therapy, who are worried about their children or teenagers and want to explore and try alternatives in their parenting and in protecting and nurturing the relationships and their children.

Sessions and length of therapy

The systemic approach I practice is generally brief, around 12-20 sessions of 60 min. However, as there is no assumption on weekly sessions, and as we negotiate and agree on frequency this can take place over several months. Additionally, some difficulties are more complex and may need longer, this is something we continually discuss.

I am as flexible as I can for people and couples with busy schedules, sessions can be weekly or spread out. You can arrange a session at varying times of the week to fit with other commitments while still making time for your own development. You can also book a regular space with advance bookings of your choice.

At this COVID time, I am offering only online sessions via Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • M.Sc. Family and Systemic Psychotherapy, University of Bedfordshire and the Institute of Family Therapy, London, UK.
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, London Metropolitan University, London, UK.
  • B.Sc. Sociology (Social Psychology path), University of Orebro, Sweden.
  • B.Sc Social work (Psychosocial/Therapeutic path) , University of Orebro, Sweden.

I am a full clinical member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT).

I have had over 12 years of experience in working therapeutically with families, couples, and individuals with a wide range of difficulties in both Sweden and in the U.K.

Send me an email or give me a call for a free consultation to start a conversation and see if we might be a good fit.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Intercultural Therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

  • Individuals: £70/60min
  • Couples: £80/60min
  • Families: £90/60min


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Sessions are available Monday to Wednesday, 6:00pm or 7:30pm or Friday afternoons, starting 3:00pm, 4:30pm or 5:30pm

Saturday mornings and afternoons, 10:00am, 11.30am, 13.00pm, 14:30pm  

Type of session


Types of client


Key details

DBS checked

Languages offered

English and Swedish

Mikael Penttinen (MSc-MUKCP)

Mikael Penttinen (MSc-MUKCP)