Björn Sveinsson is a Registered Clinical Mental Health Counselor Intern who has completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in the same community that raised him: South Florida. For Björn, the present moment is the means of service and legacy for the client. Björn has experience working with comorbid preteens to geriatric populations relating to LGBTQIA+, cultural, gender-specific, substance-use, identity-formation, and dual diagnostic areas of life.
This includes his time as an interventionist within a Title-1 Miami-Dade public middle school, providing dynamic social-emotional English interventions for a diverse background of students. Ranging specific populations such as Afro-Caribbean to students on the gender spectrum, Björn believes in meeting these young souls with the safe space they may not have elsewhere. This would begin the warm environment for the individual to explore awareness, community social justice, creative expression, frustration tolerance, identity exploration, and a chance to practice mindfulness. Then his graduate internship continued his work at Agape Network, an integrated women’s residential substance abuse treatment facility. Here, he was given the grounding opportunity to explore the history and events that led individuals into this level of care in collaboration with the clinical team. Therapy is a source of empowerment, the ability to rewrite and embrace the situations we may find ourselves in. Björn ultimately saw the chance to see his clients reach their highest level of psychological flexibility in the world.
Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Postmodern Approaches (narrative-therapy, solution-focused), Expressive Arts Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based interventions, Björn has the desire to discuss “the peaks and the valleys” of one’s life in sessions including triggers, OCD, psychosis, domestic violence, trauma, gender dysphoria, medication-management, personality-related, self-harm, substance use, sexuality, comorbidity, esteem, shame, and other aspects of the lifespan.
In the meantime, you’ll catch Björn journaling and planning for the week, meditating, writing some poetry, playing board games, trying out spicy (and non-spicy) foods, being outdoors with friends and family, and spending time with his feline companions.