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I'm originally from Colombia, and currently work as an associate professor in Psychology at the University of Stavanger, Norway. I am an author, educator, psychotherapist and passionate mental health advocate, regularly sought out to participate in radio programmes, TV and newspaper articles; especially after my participation in “Forsker Grand Prix” a television broadcast contest for researchers in 2016.  I have published several articles and book chapters about silence, therapeutic writing, qualitative methods, grief, human suffering, as well as community interventions to promote mental health and wellbeing.

Some of my core publications have been Acompañar la finitud (San Pablo, 2013), Poetry and Imagined Worlds (Palgrave, 2017), Deep Experiencing: Dialogues Within the Self (Springer, 2017) and A Poetic Language of Ageing (Bloomsbury, 2023).  My new book The Craft of Silence, will be published soon as well. 

Olga V. Lehmann, PhD

These are my qualifications: 

  • Bachelor degree in Psychology, Master's degree in Clinical, Health and Community Psychology, PhD in Psychology, & Postdoctoral fellowship in Mental Health

  • Licensed Clinical psychologist, currently based in Norway. 

  • Certified instructor in Mindful Eating - Conscious Living (MEC-CL) by the University of California San Diego. This is an integrative program to support people who have a difficult relationship with food and with their bodies, which manifests itself in emotional eating, binding and or overweight. 

  • Fullfilled the Levels 1 and 2 of the core skills training in couple therapy by The Gottman Institute. The Gottman Institute is a world class research and psychotherapy institute based in Seattle, USA and providing teaching onsite and online across the globe.

  • Fullfilled a core skills training in Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, by the ALAEF - Associazione di Logoterapia e Analisi Esistenziale Frankliana in Italy in collaboration with the Catolic University of Milan. 

  • Fulfilled the therapists' training program in Emotion-focused Skill Training for Parents (EFST), at the Norwegian Institute of Emotion-focused Therapy. This is a model developed by Dr. Joanne Dolhanty in Canada, and currently used worldwide to support parents whose children or teenagers face mental health problems

  • I've taken 2 out of 3 modules of psychotherapy training in Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT) at NIEFT - The Norwegian Institute of Emotion-focused Therapy. This is a 3 years training program approved by the Norwegian Association of Psychologists. 

When I am not working you can find me...

  • Having good food. I am not the best chef, but certainly a fantastic eater

  • Traveling and exploring new cultures

  • Reading and writing

  • Beauty hunting

  • Spending quality time with my friends and my family

  • Drinking tea - specially Japanese Matcha and Sencha. I also have a small collection of teapots and teas from all over the world. Having a good cup of tea in silence is my to-go self-care ritual

  • Meditating

  • Attending different sorts of artistic venues 

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