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I am an authorised psychologist specializing in adolescents and their families. I live in the Copenhagen area with my New Zealand husband and our three lovely children aged from 4 to 13 years. We have just recently moved back from New Zealand, where we have been living for several years.

As a mother, I know how we as parents have a deep desire for our children to thrive and develop positively. I also know how worrying it can be if it isn't the case. Adolescence can be a very emotionally intense and confusing time for both the adolescent and the parents. It is also a formative and vital development period, where it is possible to make a significant difference in their psychological well-being and development in the long term. That is why I am passionate about working with young people and their families. Making a difference in their lives makes my work as a psychologist deeply meaningful.

I have extensive experience working with adolescents and their families. I primarily work with mentalization-based therapy (MBT-A). However, I am also informed by DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy). 


Since 2009, I have worked with children, adolescents and their families in various social and emotional challenges. I have previously worked in PPR, where I have broad experience with psychological and educational assessments of children, counselling of parents, teachers and pedagogues, supervision and interdisciplinary cooperation. I have also helped to establish a Youth Counseling Service in a municipality, and through that, I have had many conversations with teenagers. I have had my own private practice in Wellington in New Zealand for several years, where I have worked primarily with adolescents and their families. I am now continuing this clinical work now in Copenhagen together with Psychologists Maria Nannestad & Susanne Nielsen.

Specific experiences:

Therapy with adolescents with social and emotional challenges, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • Phobias, including emetophobia (fear of vomiting)
  • OCD (mild to moderate)
  • Self-esteem issues
  • The relationship with the parents or peers is challenged
  • Or just difficulty navigating the sometimes confusing teenage years

Parental consultations, where parents seek psychological sparring, advice and guidance in relation to their children/teenagers.

Supervision of other professionals; especially with a mentalization-based focus

Psychological and Educational assessments of children

Therapy with families where their relationships are "tricky" and they are not living the family life they wish for.

Therapy in English

I have extensive experience with therapy and psychological consultation in English as I have been practising as a registered Clinical Psychologist in Wellington, New Zealand for several years. The combination of my life experience and professional background has provided me with broad knowledge and understanding of the various positive and challenging attributes of living outside of one's country of origin both as an individual and as a family.


• I have a Master's degree in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen (2009)

• Authorized by the Ministry of Social Affairs (2012).

• Registered as a “Clinical Psychologist” by The New Zealand Psychologists Board.

• Trained in Mentalization-based treatment of children, young people and their families by teachers from the Anna Freud Institute in London.

• Close to becoming a specialist in clinical child psychology in Denmark (has been put on hold due to living abroad)


I find it interesting to translate research into practical knowledge and recommendations. Together with Edith Montgomery, I have written the book "Children & young people with a refugee background. Recommendations for Professionals", Hans Reitzels Forlag, 2012.