Life itself has been my greatest learning through experiences and my processes.
I have travelled around the world, seen and learned a lot from other countries and cultures. I am Danish, living in Norway since 1991. I`m a trained intensive care nurse, examined art therapist, educational supervisor/coach, nurse supervisor, facilitator in family constellation work and yoga instructor.
In 2004 I started my company “Family Constellations, Art Therapy, counselling and yoga. Working with individuals, couples, groups and businesses .
A Little About Me
Life itself has been my greatest learning through experiences and my processes.
Follow where life takes you
Sometimes you think the way you go is the right way. It may be a little cramped, you fight without really moving on, but it is known.
When you stop fighting and you open up your senses, your heart and surrender, when you look beyond the narrow road and trust that everything will fall into place. Then you suddenly stand in front of a new road you didn’t even know existed. An open and wide road, full of light with new opportunities.
Through my nursing professions, as an intensive care nurse, I gained experience with people in deep grief and crisis. Patients and their families, adults and children. I found that the “saving” is not only the survival of the physical body by using medicine and respirator. Attending to the patient with touch, voice and eyes had a great influence on the patient and the courage and strength to fight for survival. Many powerful experiences and encounters with people have had an influence on both my humanity and my areas of interest. Main topics as lecturer / teaching has been: “Children in grief and crisis”, “Children as relatives at the hospital”, “The traumatised Patient”, “The patient and their relatives in crisis”, “Life and Death”, “The significance of the eyes, the voice and the hands in the meeting with the patient”
Art Therapy and Family Constellation
Art therapy has contributed to a major change in my life, both in relation to my personal life but also professional life. I met Johan Jensen, Sattva Art Therapeutically institute in 1996 when I was in a deep personal crises. After my first meeting I could see a glimpse of light in the darkness. My art therapeutic journey had started. I followed the work of Johan Jensen in Jungian Art Therapy with courses, a 2 years education in Jungian Art Therapy and meditation groups until his death in 2006.
In June 2004 I started my company, a private practice in Tromsø with Art Therapy and Family Constellations.
As an art therapist, responsible for group therapy in the psychiatric clinic in Kongsberg(2007-2008), I’ve got knowledge and experience about how psychiatry works, studies, diagnosis, journal writing and collaboration with primary health care. Experiences with group dynamics, group processes, body awareness and art therapy with psychiatric patients and experience in team working. Overall a valuable experience both professionally and personally that has strengthened my foundation as an art therapist.
I was introduced to Bert Hellinger’s work with Family Constellations in 2003. A new path had started for me and it has been my path ever since. I experienced a deep healing in my own life, in my couples relationship, with my children and within my family. Through this work, being a representative in the constellations I gained important insights in the lives of others. Insights that is not possible to experience in other kind of approaches.
I have met Bert Hellinger in person for the first time in 2007 and I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to follow him until his death in September 2019.
Bert Hellinger was my greatest teacher and inspiratory source. He gave so much to so many people and my wish and work have been focused on passing on his teachings through the gifts and insights I’ve got and developed throughout the last years.
I found that Art Therapy and Family Constellation completed each other and that this combination was very deep, efficient and healing full. In 2009 I developed a training “Family Constellation and Art Therapy”.
I`m so grateful to my teachers Johan Jensen and Bert Hellinger. They will always remain in my heart while I humble pass on what I have learned from them.
I started practising yoga in 1999 with “the 5 Tibetans” for a year and have since practised different types of yoga and yoga for pregnant women during my 2 pregnancies. Was accepted through SATS in Tromsø as a yoga instructor in dynamic yoga, where I attended courses, workshops and guidance. Since then, Ashtanga Yoga has fascinated and inspired me, where I have met talented international Ashtanga yoga teachers. Has taken a 100 hour teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Basia Lipska and since 2011 has been a student of Lino Miele and follows his intensive training and retreats in Italy and India. I have learned meditation from Johan Jensen and through the art therapy study, mainly inspired by Jes Bertelsen. Through yoga and meditation, I have experienced an increased presence and awareness in the body and in the breath. This gives me tranquillity, strength and agility.
2007 – todays date: Own practice in Kongsberg, Norway with Yoga, Art Therapy and Family Constellations, both individually and in groups for children, adults and businesses. Organises own courses, trainings/education and retreats in Norway and abroad. Online with participants from all countries in english language.
August 2021 – todays date: Yoga, Art Therapy and Family Constellation, 3 hours session every week at “Mestringshusene” Rehabilitation center for drug addicts in Bolkesjø, Norway
2018 – todays date: Yoga teacher once a week at “Mestringshusene” Rehabilitation center for drug addicts in Bolkesjø, Norway
2016 – todays date: Owner and Manager of “Pias Place” in Naufgården, Kirketorget 7, Kongsberg, Norway.
2007 – 2014: Owner and CEO of “HUSET” in Bussedalen 2, Kongsberg. Own practice at “The House”.
March 2007 – Nov. 2008: Art therapist at psychiatric clinic at Kongsberg Hospital, KDPS. Group therapy. 60% position.
2004 – 2007: Own practice in Tromsø with Art Therapy, Family Constellations and yoga. Various counselling, supervison and teaching.
2000 – 2003: Intensive care nurse at Recovery department, UNN University Hospital in Northern Norway
2000: Professional nurse supervisor 10% position, UNN, University Hospital in Northern Norway.
2000: Teacher at the College nurse education, Tromsø University College
1999: Intensive care nurse at the intensive care unit, UNN, the University Hospital in Northern Norway.
1998 – 1999: Professional teacher in special education in intensive care nursing, Tromsø University College
1991 – 1998: Intensive care nurse at the intensive care unit, UNN, the University Hospital in Northern Norway.
1990 – 1991: Nurse at the medical department at Rjukan hospital.
Other professional experience
2003 – 2009 Arranged several courses and 2 educations within family constellations with Tore Kval in Tromsø.
2004 – 2010 Supervisor for students during the art therapy education at the Sattva Art Therapeutic Institute in Tromsø. Course supervisor for a student at the art and expression therapy education in Oslo(NIKUT).
2005 – 2007 Yoga instructor at SATS, Langnes in Tromsø.
2003 – 2006 Various counselling and teaching assignments, examiner, sensor assignments and groups with art therapeutic methods in basic and further education in nursing, Tromsø University College
1994 – 2001 Lectures on the topic: “The traumatised patient”, “Relatives and children as relatives” on 8 trauma courses for health professionals at trauma centers in Aalborg, Denmark. 120-150 participants/courses.
1999 Project work: “Counselling for contact nurses in the intensive care unit”, UNN, the University Hospital in Northern Norway.
2012 – 2016 Ethical Council in the Art Therapy Association Norway
2002 – 2006 Board member and shared chairman of the art therapy association, District Tromsø
2003 – 2004 Board member of the main organisation Art Therapy association, Oslo. KTFN
2011 Bert and Sophie Hellinger, Hellinger Sciancia Diploma after completed training camps in the new family constellation approach: Moving with the Spirit-Mind
2010 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga instructor education with basia J. Lipska.
2006 Systemic Family Constellation according to Bert Hellinger at Tore Kval, Institute for Family constellation, Norway.
2001 Examined art therapist educated at Johan Jensen and Norunn Falck, Sattva Art Therapeutic Institute, Tromsø.
1999 Specialized education for nurses with pedagogical supervisor education, 1 year training.
1999 Pedagogical supervisor/coach, Tromsø University College.
1995 Specialised education in intensive care nursing, Tromsø University College.
1989 Nursing education at Vendsyssel Nursing School, Denmark.
1984 Mathematical high school diploma at Hobro Gymnasium, Denmark.
Courses / conferences
2019 sept. Gerhard Walper, London
2018 Oct. Sophie Hellinger and teachers from the Hellinger school: Training for Family Constellator according to Hellinger Sciencia. Germany.
2016 Oct. Bert and Sophie Hellinger: Training for Family Constellator according to Hellinger Sciencia. Germany.
2015 dec. Bert and Sophie Hellinger: Family Constellator Training “Family Constellation in the Service of Peace”. Kazan, Russia.
2015 dec. Sophie Hellinger: Cosmic Power, Kazan, Russia.
2015 April Bert and Sophie Hellinger: Training for Family Constellator according to Hellinger Sciencia. Germany.
2014 nov. Bert and Sophie Hellinger: Training for Family Constellator according to Hellinger Sciencia. Germany.
2013 nov. Bert and Sophie Hellinger: International intensive training camp, Germany
2013 May Bert Hellinger: Seminar “Father”, “Mother and child”, Germany
2013 May Bert and Sophie Hellinger: International intensive training camp, Germany
2012 nov. Bert and Sophie Hellinger: International intensive training camp, Germany
2012 May Bert and sophie Hellinger: International intensive training camp, Germany
2011 Bert and Sophie Hellinger: International intensive training camp “Movement with the spirit mind”
2011 Sophie Helinger Energy Seminar, Germany
2010 Bert and Sophie Hellinger: International intensive training camp “laws of success in life and in professions”
2010 International Hellinger congress, Germany
2010 Franz Ruppert: Trauma, affiliation and family constellations.
2009 Bert and Sophie Hellinger: International intensive training camp; Pichl in Austria.
2009 Jakob Robert Schneider, Advanced international training and supervision, Munich, Germany.
2009 Jan Jacob Stam, Organization and Corporate Exhibitions, Oslo
2008 4th International congress, fields of conflict – fields of wisdom, Würzburg, Germany.
2007 Bert Hellinger Learning seminar, Oslo Norway
2017 + 2019 Yoga retreat with Lino Miele 2 weeks, Kovalam, India
2016 Yoga retreat with Lino Miele 4 weeks, Kovalam, India
2016-2018 Yoga retreat with Lino Miele 2 weeks in August in Italy
2015 Yoga retreat with Lino Miele 3 weeks in Italy
2014 Yoga retreat with Lino Miele 5 weeks, Kovalam, India
2012 + 2013 Yoga retreat with Lino Miele 2 weeks in Italy
2011 Yoga retreat with Lino Miele 4 weeks, Kovalam, India
2011 Yoga retreat with Lino Miele 1 week in Italy
2008 Basia Lipska, 2 day workshop Ashtanga yoga, Oslo.
2008 Tim Feldman 3 day workshop Ashtanga yoga, Oslo.
2007 – 2008 Schirin Zorriassateiny 3 2-day workshop Ashtangayoga, Oslo and Kongsberg.
2005 – 2006 Course / approval program and workshops for yoga instructors at SATS, Tromsø and Oslo.
2019 “International Fairytales and storytelling as therapy” at Moonluza in Sintra, Portugal.
2018 “Shame and creativity” with PhD: Vibeke Skov Oslo
2007 “The Art of Life Telling” Understanding Patients’ Personal Narratives Using Myths, Memories, and Metaphors with PhD: H. Lea Barbato Gaydos from the University of Colorado
2006 Workshop “From a cocoon to a butterfly” with Åse Minde, Tromsø.
1998 “The Inner Leader” Process-oriented course, 4 sessions of 3 days over 1 year, 96 hours at Johan Erik Jensen Sattva Art Therapeutic Institute, Tromsø.
2008 Clinical conference in Farsund for Daycare Network.
-Neurobiology and personality -Personal disorders.
2007 “Group psychotherapy in institutions” at IGA, Institute for Group Analysis, Oslo.