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A Spotlight on Women’s Health

A Spotlight on Women’s Health

Did you know that studies in medical science are heavily biassed towards outcomes seen in biological men (Criado-Perez, 2020)? Many animal studies that explore diseases and their treatments have been found to use only male animals. As well as this, randomised control...

New Office in Turku!

With the addition of Clara de la Riva to our Compass Psychology team of practitioners, we have also opened up a new office in the heart of Turku! Therefore, clients based around Turku will now be able to get in-person therapy from Compass Psychology near them. The...

Introducing Clara de la Riva

Introducing Clara de la Riva

This month we are introducing our newest practitioner who has recently joined Compass Psychology in Turku, Clara! To find out more about Clara's’s professional background and the services she provides, you can read her Compass Psychology profile here. In this post,...

Introducing Viivi Elo-Rauta

Introducing Viivi Elo-Rauta

This month we are introducing a new practitioner who has recently joined Compass Psychology, Viivi! To find out more about Viivi's professional background and the services she provides, you can read her Compass Psychology profile here. In this post, she will be...

What to do when current events affect your mental health

What to do when current events affect your mental health

The effect of negative news on our mental health is not a new feature of modern life, but it can sometimes feel that there is an increasingly worse situation in the world. It is important to understand how we can build resilience and coping for ourselves in this...

The perks of online therapy

The perks of online therapy

In this blog post, I am writing about online therapy and why it might be a good choice for you. 1.   It fits your schedule. With online therapy, you don’t have to travel to and from our office, which makes it convenient and easy to fit into busy days. When therapy is...

Adult ADHD at a Glance

Adult ADHD at a Glance

Are you an adult suffering or suspect you may be suffering with symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)? You are not alone. According to Forbes Health (2024) an estimated 6.8% of people live with this...

Compass Psychology Christmas Newsletter

Compass Psychology Christmas Newsletter

The Compass Psychology team wishes you very Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas if you celebrate, and a Happy New Year of 2024! This past year has been a time of great change and growth for us, as several new practitioners have joined our wonderful team, we have moved...

Introducing Annabel Battersby

Introducing Annabel Battersby

Annabel Battersby is the founder of Compass Psychology and leads it together with Hatty Francis-Ehnholm. To find out more about Annabel's professional background and the services she provides, you can read her Compass Psychology profile here. In this post, she will be...

Challenges in the Finnish school system

Challenges in the Finnish school system

For those who are not speakers of the two largest language groups in Finland (Finnish and Swedish), deciding which school to send your child to is a fraught issue. Many expat or migrant parents are tempted, and even encouraged, to send their children to the...

Navigating the English-speaking school system in Finland

Navigating the English-speaking school system in Finland

Are you an expat in the Helsinki region feeling confused and under pressure about choosing which school you should send your child to? Are you confused about the education system in Finland for foreign language speakers? Do you know the difference between the...

Introducing Kim Seppälä

Introducing Kim Seppälä

Hello everyone, My name is Kim, and I’ve been working in the psychology field since 2020. Here’s a little bit about me and where I come from: I was born to a German mother and a Finnish father and grew up in a multi-cultural environment. Due to my father’s job, I...

Introducing Jenine Simons

Introducing Jenine Simons

Hello everyone! I am Jenine and I just started working at Compass Psychology a few weeks ago. You can read about my work experience in psychiatry and general medicine as a medical doctor, and the therapeutic approaches I am using with clients at Compass Psychology...

Visiting Helsinki’s anger room Raivoomo

Visiting Helsinki’s anger room Raivoomo

Recently I went to an anger room with a client to help them with processing feelings of anger in a safe, contained but physically active way. In Raivoomo you can book a 45 minute session in a specially designed room for anger expression. You are given one or two...

DBT Skills Group Work starting 19th of October

DBT Skills Group Work starting 19th of October

12-week course on Thursdays 17:00-18:30 starting 19.10.2023. 35€/session paid in 4-week blocks. Preceded by free 20-minute consultation for those interested. Lead by Jenine Simons and Adja Nixon. DBT encourages us to accept and change, but not suppress, difficult...

Introducing Lizeth Ortiz

Introducing Lizeth Ortiz

Lizeth Ortiz is a Clinical Psychologist who joined Compass Psychology this August. To find out more about her professional background and the types of therapy she provides, you can read her Compass Psychology profile here. In this blog post, she will be telling you...

When you can’t afford therapy in Finland

When you can’t afford therapy in Finland

Many foreign language speakers in Finland would want to access therapy in their own language or with a foreign therapist, but are unable to afford the cost of private psychological therapy and psychotherapy. Here we explain why this problem exists and what our...

How to Survive Finnish Summer

How to Survive Finnish Summer

Recently Annabel and Hatty presented for the City of Helsinki on Well-Being in summer in Finland (on 15.6.23 at Oodi library) and spoke about how to stay rested, connected and functional during the summer months. Since Midsummer (Juhannus) is just around the corner,...

The Power of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Mental Health

The Power of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Mental Health

In the pursuit of optimal well-being, it's important to pay attention to not only our physical health but also our mental well-being. While there are various factors that influence mental health, emerging research suggests that essential fatty acids, particularly...

Introducing Amy Lindroos

Introducing Amy Lindroos

Hi everyone! I am Amy, a psychologist offering psychological therapy with Compass Psychology. You can read about my professional background, my typical clientele, and the therapies I provide on my Compass profile here. In this post I will be writing about myself from...

Values: A practice of knowing what matters to you

Values: A practice of knowing what matters to you

The concept of values is fundamental in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a line of third wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that some of our psychologists here at Compass Psychology have training in. “Values are words that describe how we want to behave...

Introducing Annelies Van Tieghem

Introducing Annelies Van Tieghem

Annelies Van Tieghem is a licensed clinical psychologist from Belgium who joined Compass Psychology in February 2023. She offers psychological services for adolescents (+16y) and adults in English or Dutch - you can read more about her professional qualifications and...

How to tame your inner critic with self-compassion

How to tame your inner critic with self-compassion

Do you know that inner voice that uninvitedly comments and criticizes everything you do? That’s ‘the inner critic’, and most of us are intimately familiar with it. There is another voice that we can listen to instead: a softer and kinder voice that encourages you and...

Drop-In Therapy Group: Starting May 2023

Drop-In Therapy Group: Starting May 2023

Are you looking for some mental health help, but cannot afford therapy at this time? Want to learn from psychological experts? Come to our drop-in therapy session on Wednesday evenings, starting 10th May 2023. We only run if at least 4 people attend. The cost is 19€...

Free Webinar “Summer with the kids!!”

Free Webinar “Summer with the kids!!”

Are you feeling a bit of anxiety or trepidation about the summer holidays and the long break from school or daycare? Compass Psychology is here to help. Join Dr Hatty Francis-Ehnholm at 18:00 on Tuesday 23rd May for a free webinar aimed at equipping you with advice...

We are expanding!

We are expanding!

The last few months have been a really busy time at Compass Psychology as we have been expanding so that we can better support the ever growing international community in Finland. We now have 5 Clinical Psychologists, one parenting coach, one intern and our lovely new...

The Power of Validation in Positive Parenting

The Power of Validation in Positive Parenting

By Dr Lisa Smith The Power of Validation in Positive Parenting Validation is one of the core foundations of the Compass Psychology 6 week Positive Parenting Course.  When we ran this course in Autumn last year our parents expressed how helpful it had been to...

Stress Reduction Webinar

Stress Reduction Webinar

Stress reduction webinar: Free! Tuesday April 25 18.30 pm with psychologist Amy Lindroos This free webinar is for people who want to learn how to reduce their stress levels. What you can expect from the webinar First, we will talk about the neurophysiology of...

Why is Compass Psychology providing free childcare…?

Why is Compass Psychology providing free childcare…?

For the first time in Finland, The Incredible Years parenting program is available in English with Compass Psychology. The course is 10 sessions long, and it is highly encouraged that both parents attend the sessions. For that reason, childcare will be provided for...

Tips for parents during the corona virus crisis

Tips for parents during the corona virus crisis

Many parents of young children might feel stressed and overwhelmed during these days of the corona virus pandemic. It is hard to keep up normal family life when children are not able to participate in their usual social activities. In addition, it is important for...

Eat Well Sleep Well

Eat Well Sleep Well

Eat Well, Sleep Well – Tips on having a good night sleep this Winter Finding it difficult to fall asleep? Waking up at the middle of the night several times? Or do you always wake up feeling un-refreshed and find it hard to concentrate the whole day? These are all...

Supercell presentation on 14th May

Supercell presentation on 14th May

On May 14th, Supercell hosted an event called "Finding Your Place in Finland". It was organised by Melanie Dower, who is the person in Supercell who helps new expatriate employees settle into life in Finland. She brought together a number of useful, English language...

Helping children overcome culture shock

Helping children overcome culture shock

Culture shock is a process we all go through when adjusting to life in a new country. Initially everything seems new and exciting. Then things can seem frustrating as everything is foreign and different. Finally you become more accepting of the new culture. Everyone...

Dressing your baby for the Finnish winter

Dressing your baby for the Finnish winter

We are often asked by new mothers coming to our New Mothers' Group how to go about dressing their newborn baby in freezing cold winter temperatures. Last year it was about -18 degrees during the time we hosted our February New Mothers' Group, and the mothers were...

How to influence your partner to change

How to influence your partner to change

Many of the couples I see for therapy come to the first session with a huge list of complaints about their partner and think that if only their partner changed, then everything would be ok. Of course, things are never just one sided and both partners need to make...

Getting Men Together and Talking

Getting Men Together and Talking

Next month Compass Psychology and Timothy Hudd of English Therapy Helsinki will offer a new program called "Fitting Into Finland: A group for English-speaking men". This program is a six-week self-development course aimed at male, English-speaking spouses of Finnish...

Welcome to Finland!

Welcome to Finland!

A guide to Third culture life here for English speakers You arrive at the airport and find your beloved Finn waiting for you, then you are whisked off to the countryside to enjoy light filled nights, sauna, swimming in a lake in the forest – the whole package. This...

Language and communication in intercultural relationships

Language and communication in intercultural relationships

This is the second of our series of articles on intercultural relationships and this month we focus on one specific area of difference: language and communication. In last month’s blog post about intercultural relationships, we talked about some of the possible...

New Year’s Resolutions Part 3 – Staying on Track

New Year’s Resolutions Part 3 – Staying on Track

This is the third in the series of blogs on new year’s resolutions. If you haven’t yet read parts 1 and 2, please do so and complete the exercises there before reading on. You can find them at: https://compasspsychology.fi/2018/01/12/new-years-resolutions-part-1/...

Positive Parenting with your child

Positive Parenting with your child

Here are a few tips on positive parenting, that will make your efforts to teach, guide and educate your child feel more empowering and less frustrating. One of my favourite positive parenting strategies is described by Noël Janis-Norton, the author of Calmer, Easier,...

New Year’s Resolutions – Part 2

New Year’s Resolutions – Part 2

The first part of this series on New Year's Resolutions in January should have helped you develop a picture of how you would like your life to be this year. If you haven’t already done this exercise please see the following link and complete the questions there before...

Boost your relationship this February!

Boost your relationship this February!

Many people in long-term relationships find it difficult to keep alive the passion and romance that was so abundant in the early stages of the relationship. It is common that life stresses, work and parenting cause people to become less interested in sex. Often it...

Drop-less January – the history and some tips!

Drop-less January – the history and some tips!

The phrase “tipaton tammikuu” literally means “drop-less January”, though is often translated in English to Dry January. But what is it, and why does it happen in Finland? Tipaton Tammikuu is the tradtion of complete abstinence from alcohol for the month of January....

New Year’s Resolutions – Part 1

New Year’s Resolutions – Part 1

Its now the middle of January and so I’m sure many of you will have made New Year’s Resolutions. The start of a new year is a great time to take stock of your life, what you have achieved over the last year and where you want to be at the end of this year. However,...

Quality time with your children at Christmas

Quality time with your children at Christmas

With Christmas coming up, most of us will be joining up with our family and extended family for Christmas celebrations.  Spending quality time with your children is important all year round – but Christmas can be a particularly special time to spend together and...

Managing Stress at Christmas

Managing Stress at Christmas

Christmas and the holiday season can be a stressful time for many people who are juggling multiple responsibilities, and find the extra pressures of hosting or preparing for a Christmas event stressful. Reasons for stress can include financial pressures in buying...

New Mothers’ Group gets started!

New Mothers’ Group gets started!

We started up our first New Mothers’ Group last week and it was a huge success. There were six mothers with six babies from six different countries! But all united in the common challenges of early motherhood. In the first session we introduced ourselves...

Living in the darkness and thriving!

Living in the darkness and thriving!

Here is some interesting trivia – did you know that of all the people in the world who live above 60 degrees north, more than a quarter of them are in Finland? That’s right, just under 20 million people live above 60 degrees latitude and 27% of them are here with us...

Post Natal Depression

Post Natal Depression

It is entirely normal to experience a range of feelings after having a baby. At least half of all new mums experience the ‘baby blues’, usually within a few days of giving birth. This is often linked to changes in hormones and can leave people feeling very emotional,...

Resilience

Resilience

Lisalotte Baeijaert, a Solution Focused change practitioner from Il Faro, based in Belgium (http://www.ilfaro.be/en) recently ran a workshop here in Helsinki focusing on Resilience in Teams. Here we talk about what resilience is, what the training involved and how you...

Social Anxiety and Panic Disorder

Social Anxiety and Panic Disorder

One of the world’s leading cognitive therapy authorities, Professor David Clark, was in Helsinki recently to give a two day workshop on using Cognitive Therapy to treat Social Anxiety and Panic Disorder. I went along to get an update on current treatment methods to...

Family Well-Being Event

Family Well-Being Event

I recently attended an interesting and lovely event in the Kallio Setlementti building in Sturenkatu about support for families in Helsinki, organised by Silvija Budaviciute of the Helsinki Meditation Group. The purpose of the event was to give information to English...