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.

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.

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.

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.