Lena Axelsson has a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan College in Los Angeles, CA.
She has a Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy from the University of Derby, England and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with Minors in Pedagogy and Sociology from the University of Stockholm, Sweden.
Lena is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her License number #47915.
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Student of NARM (NeuroAffective Relational Model, treatment model for developmental trauma)
Lena currently works as a therapist in private practice and as a clinical supervisor for MFT Interns in private practice.
Faculty at Ryokan College in their Doctorate in Clinical Psychology program
Faculty at Esalen Institute
She has previously worked as a clinical supervisor at Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA) which is a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing education, training, counseling, and prevention services to students, families and staff in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. She managed and supervised clinicians working in the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program as part of the Child/Adolescent MediCal program in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties and First-5 program in Monterey County.
She was part of the faculty and seminar and workshop presenter at the Evolution of Gestalt Conference at Esalen Institute February 2016 on Gestalt Theory and Trauma.
She presented a workshop at the 2014 AAGT conference on Gestalt therapy and trauma at Asilomar, Monterey, CA.
She presented a workshop at the Evolution of Gestalt Conference at Esalen institute March, 2013. The title of the workshop was "Treating trauma in couples therapy through Relational Gestalt therapy Informed by Neuroscience."
She presented her doctoral dissertation "The use of Relational Gestalt Therapy Informed by Neuroscience in the Treatment of Single Event and Development Trauma" at Celebrating the Power of Writing at the Gestalt International Study Center, Cape Cod, MA – September 2010
She presented a workshop titled, “Working Creatively with Children,” for the International Creativity Conference at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland -- August 2007
Wheeler, G., Axelsson, L., Gestalt Family Therapy in Sage Publications Encyclopedia of Family and Couples Therapy
Wheeler, G., Axelsson, L., Gestalt Therapy, In Theories of Psychotherapy Series., Washington DC, American Psychological Association. 2015
Doctoral Dissertation: The use of Relational Gestalt Therapy Informed by Neuroscience in the Treatment of Single Event and Development Trauma. Los Angeles, 2010