Vera’s life and work experience

I  was born in 1978 and hold a BSc of Education and  Social Anthropology, as well as an MSc in Counselling and Therapeutic Communication from NTNU (Norwegian University of Technology and Science) and Ulster University. I currently live in beautiful Trondheim, Norway.

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View from “Gamle Bybro”, Trondheim. Photographer: Vera

I have always  been interested in the human psyche and ways of being in the world. Hence I have been active in different types of self-development courses since 1996. This includes different types of healing processes and body work, meditation, imagery and awareness work, the use of creative media in self-development, Chinesiolgy, and more.

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Photographer: Hege Beate Skjelvan

After many years of such “alternative” ways of trying to understand myself and others, I started my academic path in 2003. This resulted in my Master’s thesis on touch, in 2011, which is based on a Humanistic Existential way of approaching counselling, and that uses Focusing as part of the research method.

During and after my education, I have worked several years in kindergardens and psychiatric wards. I also taught counselling at NTNU, and have worked as a counsellor in a company working to help unemployed people find their way back to emplyment. You can also learn more about my work experience by checking out my LinkedIn Profile, or see my Norwegian CV.

I enjoy reading academic, philosophical and scientific materials, and I have written a book chapter on “The role of the lived body in Counselling” (in Norwegian) with some of my colleagues at NTNU. I aspire to write and publish more, in time.

In my early twenties, I formed a vision that I would have my own firm and give my own courses around the age of 45. I have now started to realise that plan by, among other things, starting Grounded Space Focusing.

I aspire to create big spaces for discoveries and learning, for myself and for others, in individual sessions, and in my courses.

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Photographer: Lise Brissach

I also enjoy climbing (including in trees), travelling, music, being an aunt and taking walks in nature, as well as generally musing on life, Focusing and ways of being a person with another person, in all parts of life.