Frequently Asked Questions
At MIND THE MOMENT
People, private and professional. Some come at their own initiative, others I meet through their workplace and organisations. I work with them individually 1:1, in groups or in a hybrid of both.
Those who come seek support improving and maintaining their emotional well-being, in their personal life, workplace or workplace and often an overlap – we bring ourselves wherever we go.
They present a variety of issues, including and not exclusive to:
- understanding their behaviours, responses to situations and relationships with others
- exploring difficult emotions, critical self-monitoring, stress and anxiety
- making life changes and managing transitions
- experiencing losses and grief
- improving communication skills
- building self-awareness and -acceptance
- living in the present moment
- seeking meaning and defining values
The initial session is exploratory in nature and offered free of charge with the purpose of getting to know each other. In the session, I ask questions about your personal details, reason(s) for seeking support, important life events and your goals for the work ahead. Such initial goals can change as we go along and often do. You will have opportunity to ask questions in return, to learn about the work I do and the approach I use.
Research consistently shows that the relationship is of vital importance for the success of your work. I therefore provide time for these initial exchanges before we mutually assess whether chemistry between us is a good match or if you would be better working with someone else. Sometimes a decision becomes clear during the conversation, or we take time reflect and speak afterwards.
You do not need to prepare for the first session – nor to know exactly what you want to talk about. In each session, including the first, we will talk about what is most important to you on the day and as it evolves in our conversation.
Regardless of who you are, your reason for seeking support and the challenges you face, I aim at receiving you with an open attitude in a warm environment . Through our work I will assist and encourage you to explore and share your experiences. I will at times interrupt, suggest small experiments, and ask how what you are talking about is experienced in your body. All with the intention of bringing your awareness into the present and notice something you might not be aware, in the sense of ‘try it out and see what happens’.
Whilst gestalt work is always in the present, your experiences today may have origins in past experiences and relationship. If so, we bring in and explore those, their impact on your life here and now. Building awareness – that now is a different time with different choices than those you had back there and then – and options for you to make new choices for what you want, and don’t want.
There are no topics that we cannot speak about – I am bound by professional confidentiality rules – and we work at what in gestalt is called your ‘growing edge’, supported challenges in a setting of safety and trust.
A difficult question to answer. There is no predefined or prescribed time frame. Gestalt work is likened to a personal journey, with a range of factors reflecting the individual’s situation and goals. Every session is different and we review outcomes together, to identify progress and continuing or new challenges. Leaving room for open dialogue and frequent reflection to promote a positive and productive work relationship.
Still wanting little more firm indications, here are some very broad generic suggestions – and again, ‘it depends’.
- In acute crisis, a weekly session may be a good idea to help you stabilise
- Some clients come every other week and a little later in the process every third or four weeks
- Some keep coming with longer intervals, lasting from months to years, when the initial work is done – to revisit and ‘top-up’ on earlier challenges or start work on new ones.
- Each piece of work can last from a single session to a longer lasting course.
Again, there is no set standard. It depends on you, what you feel is needed, the frequency and speed at which you wish to work work, and of course on the financial investment you are able to make. I may make recommendations and discuss with you your wishes and options, including a sliding price scale.
No, not as a standard. We work with experiments within sessions, not training exercises. The focus of experiments is how you are in contact with others, the environment or yourself; and how you adjust your contact without being aware.
I may suggest and you are welcome to request supporting practices – for example journaling, meditation and readings – and they are always offered as inspiration with no obligations to pursue of complete.
I recommend putting aside a little time for yourself and for reflections, rather than rushing straight back to work and daily activities. Thereby giving space for processing and integrating your work in the session.
Bring a notepad or a journal and write down thoughts and insights you want to remember and continue to work on in a future session. Topics that you wish to explore deeper or something that arose in the relationship between you and me, and in group sessions with others.
Bring refreshments and take a stroll in Store Dyrehave at the doorstep of the consultation in Hammersholt – for a moment of peace and quiet before you return to the buzzling rest of your day.
Both – and when online within a browser-based, encrypted and GDPR-compliant meeting room.
My experiences working online are good. When meeting in person is difficult, online is better than not all. And I use it as a second option where therapy work is concerned.
At the core of what brings a person to Gestalt work is often a lack of support in the past, which our presence together contributes to alleviating. Online work with its physical distance may not offer the same degree of ‘being here’ essential for feeling supported and helping overcome feelings of vulnerability. When possible, I recommend combining online and face-to-face sessions. And where a mix isn’t doable , we will take care to include and address the felt experiences of ‘being at a physical distance’.
It varies regularly, and is sometimes limited, so please contact me to find out how my availability may match yours.
I do not operate a booking system, preferring our first contact to be live, so again please reach out.
After-hours support is available upon request.
They are, albeit somewhat limited in volume and subject to availability.
At Brødeskovvej 10, Hammersholt in Nordsjælland. Accessible by car with parking on the property and public transport via train stations Hillerød and Allerød and a short bus/bicycle ride. On the doorstep is also Store Dyrehave offering Unesco listed opportunities for ‘walk & talks’, if you prefer those to the consultation room.
In Copenhagen upon request.
I am registered with the governing body in Denmark, Dansk Psykoterapeutforening, who have a role in supporting clients with issues or complaints they might have about the work of their members.
I encourage feedback during and after sessions to address thoughts or concerns either of us may have.This reflective process is fundamental for the relationship between us. It also helps ensure you are where you want to be in the journey of your gestalt work.If you client feel your needs are not being heard or attended to during this process, the governing body provides support.
For more information please refer to the Dansk Psykoterapeutforening/Danish Psychotherapist Association.
Cost & Payment
Standard fee DKK 800 for a 60-minutes session
For students, unemployed and OAPs the hourly fee is DKK 600
1:1 course of 3 sessions DKK 2200
1:1 course of 5 sessions DKK 3400
Reduced prices at a sliding scale are available on a limited basis. Please ask for details.
Fees are reviewed annually.
Life happens. Something may come up and get in the way of an appointment. If so, I require 24 hours’ notice. If you notify later than that, I endeavour to find another time within the week convenient to both. If that is not possible, the fee will be charged and/or you will lose the session. To cancel, please send a txt or an email.
Private health insurance – some cover psychotherapy in part or in full. Insurance providers have different policies, so please contact yours for details. Check also if you or one in your family has health insurance via their employment. Policies will often state that they cover psychologist sessions – and in many instances be willing to extend it to psychotherapy if you make a specific request.
Public health insurance / doctor’s referrals – do not provide access to psychotherapy at present. The Danish Psychotherapist Association is working actively towards changing this limitation.