Compass Psychology provides clinical psychology services in English to adults and adolescents in the Helsinki area. Compass Psychology was founded by Annabel Battersby and Jane Tuomola in 2017.
Since 2022, Compass Psychology staff include Annabel, Hatty Francis-Ehnholm, and Kim Seppälä, all of whom are qualified clinical psychologists. They are passionate about offering high quality psychological therapy, training and supervision. For more on their personal bios, please read below.
I am an Australian Clinical Psychologist based in Helsinki. I completed my Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Melbourne, in Australia. The faculty included world class practitioners in clinical psychology. Following that, I worked for Melbourne Health, the major public health employer of the city, in hospital and community health settings. I have also worked in different private practices in the city.
I was trained as a Clinical Psychologist by The National Health Service in the UK through University of Hertfordshire and completed my doctoral training in 2010. I am also certified by Valvira to practice as a Psychologist here in Finland. I have lived in Finland for 12 years and have worked in the private sector with adults, children and young people (Coronaria/Folkhälsan) as well as a School Psychologist and consultant in several Swedish speaking public schools. More recently I have worked as School Psychologist and Wellbeing Lead at Helsinki International School. I am qualified to work with children, young people and adults with a range of difficulties, and I use an integrative and evidence-based approach to treatment and psychological therapy. My training in psychological therapies is extensive and includes: CBT, ACT, CFT, Mindfulness, Narrative, Motivational, Brief and Systems approaches with clients.
Work with Adults:
With adults I can work with difficulties ranging from depression, anxiety disorders including panic and OCD, eating disorders, complex grief, burnout, sleep difficulties and difficulties arising from diagnoses such as ADHD and Autism. I am also trained in supporting people to adjust to and live with chronic health conditions such as pain, HIV and diabetes, and can assist with smoking cessation and dietary/nutritional issues. I also have a special interest in maternal and family postnatal health. As well as this I am a trained Cognitive Coach and can guide clients to discover the blocks that are holding them back in their personal and work-life, and how to realise their life and career goals. I can also offer neuropsychological assessments to adult clients.
Work with children, adolescents and families:
With children and adolescents I can work on a range of issues from early childhood difficulties such as toileting, fussy eating, sleep and tantrums to more complex issues such as depression, anxiety disorders including panic and OCD, self-harming, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, trauma and difficulties that may arise for gender dysmorphia. I can also offer neuropsychological assessment services and can work with issues around neurodiversity, supporting both the child and parents/caregivers. With children and young people I like to work with parents and caregivers wherever possible.
I have broad and comprehensive experience of working with parents of children and young people. I am a trained Webster Stratton Incredible Years programme provider, but am also familiar with attachment parenting approaches such as Dan Siegal “The Whole Brain Child.” I have extensive experience of consultation work with the parents of young people and an in-depth understanding of the obstacles and difficulties that young people face in our modern society.
Dr Harriet (Hatty) Francis-Ehnholm
DClinpsy, Cpsychol, MBPsS, HPCP, Valvira Psychologist 00904155470
Languages: English and Svenska.
I’m a licensed clinical psychologist with a multicultural background. My nationality is Finnish-
German, but I grew up in international settings and have lived in eight countries so far.
My aim is to support my clients in restoring a state of psychological wellbeing in a safe, non-
Who I work with
I work with adults and young adults, in English, Finnish or German. I offer both short-term
therapy and long-term therapy for individuals and couples.
My approach to psychology is integrative and holistic: I combine elements from cognitive
therapies, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), mindfulness-based experiential
therapies and inner parts work. While I tailor the sessions based on each client’s needs and
desires, some common ways of working include: identifying patterns that are proving unhelpful
and developing alternative coping strategies; creating a healthy relationship to one’s thoughts
and emotions, learning relationship skills, learning skills that reduce stress and enhance personal
My approach is culture-sensitive, and also LGBTQ-friendly.
I hold a MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology and a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree.
I have also trained in experiential therapy techniques with Dr. Tori Olds and in Coherence
Therapy with Bruce Ecker, and completed a training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
with Annabel Battersby.
In addition to my psychology training, I’m also a certified yoga instructor and a long-time
Languages: English, Suomea, Deutsch.
Student Psychologist, Oona Rauhala
Oona is offering reduced fee sessions at Compass Psychology from August 2022 to February 2023. Her fee per 50 minute session is 35€.
I am the student psychologist here at Compass Psychologist as a part of my Masters studies in clinical psychology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. I am offering therapy at a reduced rate for adults and teenagers from August 2022 to February 2023.
While I am originally from Finland, I have lived the majority of the past 9 years abroad including in the Netherlands, the United States and Australia. Therefore I am quite familiar with all the highs and lows of living as a foreigner. My own experiences motivated me to help the international community, as often expats face various problems the locals might not such as adjusting into the new culture, being far away from their family and in addition to having their unique background
I have been trained in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy as well as Interpersonal therapy. Furthermore, I am interested in incorporating positive psychology techniques and I am currently learning more about Compassionate-Focused Therapy.