KRISTINA HERMANN

I hold a master’s degree in psychology from Denmark’s Aarhus University and am trained as a couples therapist, with a specialty in the treatment of trauma. I was hired as a family therapist at the Tjele Treatment Center (Behandlingscenter Tjele in Denmark) in 2000 and later became head of the center’s family department. Over those years and up to the present, I have undergone an ongoing program of additional training.

I conduct 15 to 20 educational courses per year for relatives and dependents, working with families, children, youth, and adults. I currently have my own practice in Copenhagen, where I provide therapy for children, adolescents, and adults and continue to offer courses, training, and lectures.

My 2015 book, Du er ikke alene: en opvækst med alkoholproblemer (“You are not alone: An upbringing shaped by alcohol problems”), is now in its third edition. I also coauthored the book Du kan flyve: Lær at håndtere din flyskræk (“You can fly: Learn how to handle your fear of flying”) with my husband, Troels Hermann, who is a commercial pilot. 

I am currently at working on a new book, Raised in a Bottle: A Workbook for Adult Children of Alcoholics.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education:

  • One-year continuing education as a couples therapist at Lone Algot Jeppesen, Parterapeutisk Institut, Århus, Denmark (2016) 
  • Peter Levine’s SE Trauma Healing Training, Levels 1 & 2  (2015) København
  • Licensed Psychotherapist (2014)
  • MSc in Psychology, University of Aarhus (2012)
  • BA in Psychology, University of Aarhus (1999)
  • Two-year psychotherapist training in the treatment of trauma at H.U.M.A.N. (1996–1998 ) Skanderborg, Denmark

Professional Experience (in Denmark, except where noted):

  • Workshop leader for Adult Children København (2016-2018)
  • Public speaker (Odense, København, Viborg, Århus) in conjunction with the book Du er ikke alene ( 2015-2016)
  • Ongoing private practice (2012–present) 
  • Specialist in Couples’ therapy at Lone Algot (since 2013)
  • Consultant at Dansk Misbrugsbehandling (Danish drug abuse Treatment Center), Copenhagen; family counseling in groups, family talk therapy, party therapy, talk therapy with parents, children, youth, and adult children of substance abusers (beginning 2012)
  • Private psychotherapy practice under the supervision of authorized psychologist Lars Paaby and authorized psychologist and specialist Charlotte Norby (2009–2012)
  • Family department head, Behandlingscenter Tjele (Tjele Treatment Center), Viborg and Aarhus; family therapist, therapy and caregiver course, children and parenting course, and adult-child course (2006–2009)
  • Adjunct instructor at Peter Sabroe Teacher’s College / Peter Sabroe seminariat / Pædagoguddannelsen Peter Sabroe – VIA UC Aarhus (2010)
  • Adjunct instructor in the dependency counseling program at University College South Denmark (2006–2009)
  • Family therapist, course instructor/leader, therapist for relatives, and teacher in the Family Department at Behandlingscenter Tjele (Tjele Treatment Center) (2004–2006)
  • Department manager at Erritsøhus Orphanage for Children and Youth, Fredericia (2003–2004)
  • Family therapist at Krondal (care center for drug-dependent youth) Nørre Snede, Denmark (2003–2004)
  • Independent therapist for the Municipality of Aarhus, Family Department North, for children of alcoholics (2003–2004)
  • Family therapist, teacher, and course holder at the Behandlingscenter Tjele (Tjele Treatment Center )(2000–2003)
  • Consultant for family and codependents, Horsens Misbrugsbehandling (Community of Horsens Rehabilitation Services) (1999)
  • Private practice, Århus and Silkeborg, Denmark(1995–2000)
  • Collaboration with an acupressure practitioner in treating patients at Acupuncture Clinics, Roslev and Skive, Denmark (1998–2000) 

Courses and workshops (in Denmark, except where noted):

  • Four-day workshop with therapist, clinical trainer, and relationship specialist Hedy Schleifer “Presentation Skills Training” & “Couple Groups Workshop,” Århus, Denmark (2017) 
  • Five-day workshop on relationship-focused therapy with Kirsten Seidenfaden and Piet Dråby, focusing on mentalization and the recognizing dialogue, Langeland  (2013)
  • Five-day workshop with Craig Nakken, addiction counselor and family therapist from Rutgers University, Copenhagen (2012)
  • Five-day workshop with Craig Nakken,  Behandlingscenter Tjele (Tjele Treatment Center) (2008) 
  • Five-day family treatment course with Craig Nakken, Behandlingscenter Tjele (Tjele Treatment Center) (2004)
  • Seminar “Youth at the Edge,” by Matthew Selekman, Center for Pårørende (Family Therapy Center), Aalborg (2002)
  • Five-day family treatment course with Craig Nakken, International Conference on Alcohol and Drugs, Helsingør (2001)
  • Workshop, solution-oriented treatment for addicts, Oslo, Norway (2000)
  • Multiple courses on codependency, Silkeborg and Copenhagen (1999)
  • Participant in peer group counseling consisting of relatives of abusers (1998–2002)
  • Holotropic breathing therapy training with Stanislav Grof, Denmark and Sweden (1995–1996)
  • Five years of intensive therapy facilitated by psychotherapist Jens V. Jensen, with talks and various courses in meditation, dream interpretation, and self-development, Aarhus Denmark (1990–1995)
  • Talk therapy and somatic therapy, first module, at the Dybde Therapeutisk Institut (Institute for Depth Therapy) Ebeltoft (1993) 
  • Massage therapy training modules 1–3 at Nordlyscenteret, Silkeborg, Denmark  (1992–1993)
  • Certificate in Anatomy and Physiology, Zoneterapeutskolen, Viby (1992)

Publications:

  • Du kan flyve. Lær at håndtere din flyskræk  (“You can fly: Learn how to handle your fear of flying”) (Muusmann Forlag, 2017)
  • Du er ikke alene: en opvækst med alkoholproblemer  (“You are not alone: A childhood shaped by alcohol problems”) (Muusmann Forlag, 2015

Personal life:

Married, with one child and two stepchildren.

KRISTINA HERMANN SUPPORTS: