"To be, and the process of becoming who we truly are can be daunting. Many times the journey seems to be too arduous and the obstacles too many so we decide that it might be easier, or believe it is the only option, to live in a way that doesn’t feel true to our nature. In my role as a psychotherapist, I support the exploration and the process of becoming who one really is… different from all the behaviors we learned to cope or avoid pain…. this process of unfolding is powerful and sacred and I hold it as such.”

-- Lena Axelsson

Lena Axelsson is a somatically informed Relational Gestalt Psychotherapist who specializes in the treatment of trauma. What does this mean? Many people in our culture have suffered some form of trauma in childhood or their adult life-- illness, physical harm, emotional neglect or verbal abuse – but essentially trauma is anything that causes a person to feel worthless helpless, insecure, or even endangered. This type of deep experience impacts the whole being and dictates the way we function in our lives.

Relational Gestalt Therapy is a deep engagement or relationship that unfolds between the client and therapist which focuses on the healing of whole being -- the body, mind, emotions and soul. Through verbal dialog and non-verbal interactions such as play, conscious exploration (paying attention to how you interact with others) and being together in a trusting and safe environment, a foundational relationship develops between the therapist and client. Through learning to observe and not judge oneself, the client begins to see and then develop a relationship to the different and hidden aspects of themselves In this safe container the client develops more healthy and nourishing ways of relating to self, others and the environment enabling them to live a more vibrant and satisfying life.