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Dr Björg Hermannsdóttir

Counselling Psychologist
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What I can help with

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Social Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Anxiety
  • Health Anxiety
  • Sleep
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Depression
  • Bipolar
  • Psychosis
  • Self-esteem
  • Perfectionism
  • Personality disorders
  • Relationships
  • Anger
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Acute Health Conditions
  • Long term health conditions
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms
  • Women's Health
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Parenting
  • Stress
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Professional Burnout
  • Identity Dysphoria

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Mindfulness Stress Reduction
  • Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Therapy
  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Person Centred Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy


In her therapy work, Björg integrates cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) with other methods and theories, including psychodynamic therapy, person-centred therapy, and mindfulness. When using CBT she does so in a flexible way depending on people’s presenting concerns, specific needs, and readiness to engage in the process. She finds this approach useful in helping people understand the pattern of their difficulties, finding ways of breaking vicious cycles and practicing new ways of managing challenging situations. Additionally, Björg often incorporates an exploration of early experiences and family dynamics, a focus on the here-and-now to identify recurrent interpersonal patterns, and observation of physical sensations and the connection between body and mind. With each client, Björg aims to facilitate a therapeutic relationship built on collaboration, warmth, authenticity, and safety to explore whatever people want to address – including things that may feel uncomfortable, unacceptable or shameful.


Björg has worked with adults from diverse backgrounds and circumstances in a range of clinical, educational and community settings. Originally from Iceland, she completed her doctoral training in the United States, and has worked in the UK since 2016. In the UK she has worked within NHS community mental health service (IAPT), a university counselling service, a trauma therapy service for female survivors of abuse, as well as in private practice.

Björg has worked with people with mild and moderate mental health concerns, such as stress, low mood, irritability, and relationship issues, as well as people with more severe experiences of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and emotional instability. She has significant experience working with people with history of trauma and adversity, including family difficulties, domestic abuse, sexual assault, parental alcohol use or mental illness, neglect, and bullying. Other difficulties she has treated include loneliness, low confidence, communication problems, pregnancy and fertility related issues, self-harm, and concerns related to identity, culture, and family expectations.