I grew up in a family of dentists, and I started out working at my dad's private dental practice in Norway at the tender age of 13. So you might say that dentistry is in my genes. However, the gap between helping out my dad and being a full fledged dentist was of course big, and my interest in mindfulness meditation and personal development started already back in dentist school as I was looking for strategies to deal with feelings of overwhelm and anxiety whilst going through the degree.
Since then it's been vital for me to to keep developing my practices of mindfulness and other self-development techniques along side my skills in dentistry. It helps me stay calm and centered, and adds to a feeling of thriving, not just surviving. So whilst I have always enjoyed the challenge of dentistry, it's also been central to me to keep finding practical ways to deal with the stress and anxiety that naturally arise when working with people under pressure like we do as dentists. As a part of this I go on week long meditation retreats every year and take some time out doing nothing.
After graduating as a dentist from the University of Bergen, Norway in 2004 (C.Odont.), I quite quickly went on to continue my personal studies attending a three month self-development programme in Scotland where I also happened to meet my husband to be. I went on to working as a dentist in Norway for a few years and since 2008 I have been working as a GDP in private practice in Edinburgh. In 2009 I decided to expand my credentials, and I undertook a two year rigorous coaching degree with Integral Coaching Canada, and certified as an Integral Master Coach™ in 2011. Since then I have continued my work as a GDP alongside working with coaching clients to help them develop more inner calm and resources to deal more effectively with the challenges of daily life. As time went on I naturally gravitated towards working more with dentists as I recognized the need for support and input dentists have in a stressful job. Dentists that might already be very skilled clinically, but still might feel overwhelmed by the daily demands and stresses and who would like to feel more in charge and more at ease in their day to day life.
I am also currently undertaking a three year specialization in Somatic Experiencing(R), where the focus is to help re-calibrate the nervous system after stressful and traumatic events.
I don't limit my work to dealing with 'at work topics' only as I also see that leveraging more personal topics can have great calming ripple effects in all the other areas of life. In daily life - clinical or personal - there are so many variables to keep on top of, and learning how to take charge of anxiety or worry, dealing more skilfully with emotions - my own or others', working on how to manage stress in my interactions and relationships and communicating with more proficiency can all have great impact - both clinically and personally. For me continual development of these areas have for me radically changed how I approach dentistry and it's been fascinating to me how a change in approach has truly transformed my inner well-being. And of course I still have stressful days, but the difference is now how that is more the exception rather than the norm.
I don't profess to having it all figured out, but I am certainly committed to making the most of my journey and enjoying it as much as possible. I take this passion to all my clients I work with. And if this is something that speaks to you, I would love to hear from you, please get in touch for an informal chat if you would like to get to know what I can offer you.
Dentist (C.Odont., University of Bergen, Norway, 2004)
Integral Master Coach™ (Integral Coaching Canada, 2011)
Currently undertaking certification Somatic Experiencing Practitioner® (over 3 years, to qualify 2020)
On-going mindfulness and facilitation trainings through