Hi, I’m Ash Rehn. I work as an English-speaking counsellor, therapist and coach online. Over 30 years ago, I started working as a counsellor in Australia. I have practiced extensively in Australia, the UK before moving to Södermalm for 6 years. Here you can read more about my qualifications and approach to therapy, counselling and coaching.
Background and Experience
My career in counselling commenced in Australia in 1989. I worked extensively in both Australia and the UK over the past 30 years for state authorities, an NHS health service, charitable organisations, within a GP surgery and in private practice. Take a look at my LinkedIn profile for details of my career as a social worker, mental health counsellor and therapist.
In Australia I use the title ‘Accredited Mental Health Social Worker’ which is similar to an LCSW or LICSW in the United States. The AASW has assessed me as having the specialist mental health expertise to provide counselling and other psychological assistance. I am also a Narrative Therapist and Coach. The renowned psychotherapist Michael White provided much of my specialist therapist training at the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide.
My expertise is in working with depressed mood, overcoming worry, dealing with stress, making adjustments, getting through mid-life crisis, understanding sexual identity and improving self-confidence. I assist people recovering from religion to overcome religious trauma and am adept at strategies for pornography use concerns and ‘sex addiction’. I use coaching and self-compassion practices to encourage people to reconnect with their passions, motivation and enthusiasm.
Forward Therapy Sweden offers online counselling consultations over the Internet for English speakers residing across Sweden, Europe and other parts of the world. I am available as a therapist and coach for expats, visitors or anyone who prefers to speak English.
How I Work as a Therapist and Coach
My training covers a range of therapeutic approaches including CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy), DBT skills, family therapy, solution-focussed counselling and motivational interviewing. I offer narrative therapy and dialogical therapy which are alternatives to the standard CBT and psychoanalytic models mostly practiced in Stockholm.
Narrative Therapy is a form of talk therapy based on the principal that we make sense of our lives through the way we explain events or the stories we tell ourselves and others. It is possible to recover lost and forgotten aspects of ourselves such as capacity, confidence, courage, enthusiasm, integrity etc. It is also possible to develop new ways of viewing our lives. If CBT has not helped you, or your want to try something new, you might like to experience Narrative Therapy.
As a therapist and coach, I don’t analyse people. You will always know more about your own life than a professional. Instead I join with you to investigate and find solutions. You are not the problem and you have probably already tried to many options to change your circumstances. To begin, I would like to hear about what you have tried already. The approach I use is gentle and respectful but has powerful results.
The best way to contact me is by sending an email through the contact page. It is also possible to call my Swedish office number on 08-559 22 636 and leave a message with your name and contact details but I am usually able to respond faster and in more detail to email enquiries.