Edda Arndal, MA

Geðhjúkrunar- fjölskyldu- og sálmeðferðarfræðingur Psychotherapist-marriage and family therapist.




Counseling Psychology, concentration in Somatics and Couples/Family therapy, MA

1993-1996. California Institute of integral Studies, San Francisco, C.A.

Nursing, R.N. B.Sc.

1983-1988. University of Iceland, Reykjavik.

Cultural/Medical Anthropology, MA

1999-2001. Columbia University, New York, N.Y. 


William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship grant 1993.

Professional Trainings

2016-2018:   Diplómanám í Handleiðslufræðum: Hálskóli Íslands.

Faghandleiðsla – ytri umgjörð og innri samskipti á vinnustöðum, handleiðslutækni.

2014-2015: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training™

The Linehan Institute, Behavioral Tech, LLC. 4746 11th Avenue NE, Suite 102, Seattle, WA 98105.  Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD. In addition, research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. DBT includes four sets of behavioral skill: Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment, Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it, Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others, Emotion Regulation: how to change emotions that you want to change.

2012: Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples and family Therapy.

International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. EFT is a short-term structured approach to couples and family therapy that has been validated by over 20 years of empirical research. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.

2012:  Gottman Method Couples Therapy training.

The Gottman Institute, Orcas Islands, Washington, USA.  John Gottman, Ph.D., and Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D. A structured, goal-oriented therapy based upon research about what works to help couples achieve a long-term healthy relationship. Helps couples:  Increase respect, affection, and closeness, break through and resolve conflict when they feel stuck, generate greater understanding between partners, keep conflict discussions calm.

2011:  Professional training in trauma therapy. EMDR practitioner certification

EMDR HAP-Humanitarian Assistance Programs, Hamden, Connecticut, USA. “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing” has proven to be astonishingly effective at helping victims of severe trauma. A process that combines principles of neruoscience with elements of therapy, it is meant to facilitate the healthy processing of grief by using visual and audio stimulation to help patients talk about terrifying memories.

2004: Professional training in trauma therapy. SEP practitioner certification

Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USA.  A clinical training program in treating victims of trauma and facilitating trauma resolution.  Was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to watch the founder of SE Peter Levine work up close multiple times, mostly at the Esalen Institute, CA and to assist some of his and other SE faculty´s workshops.  Sponsored a workshop in Iceland with Peter Levine and two following ones with SE faculty Ariel Giarretto.

2003:  Seminar for health professionals in Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia.

The Annapolis Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Research Center. Dr. T’s Foundation Level training seminar for health professionals.

Work Experience

Psychotherapist/family therapist in Private practice, 2008 – present

See couples and families for counseling.  Individual psychotherapy. Supervision.

Psychiatric Nurse, Psychotherapist, 2008 – present

Barna og Unglinga Geðdeild, Göngudeild, Dalbraut 12, 105 Reykjavík. Manage the “psychiatric crisis team”.  Perform clinical assessments of clients experiencing immediate and serious psychological distress, conduct treatment plans and perform psychotherapy for individuals and families.

Supevisor,  2004-2006

The Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California. Supervised and trained personal of the Front Gate Department.  Performed Guest Services. Developed and trained staff to follow emergency responses protocols (medical, fire).   On call for medical emergency, provided first aid to guests and staff.

Teacher, 1988-1999

Fjölbrautarskólinn við Ármúla, Reykjavik. Developed and taught several courses in the field of “Public Health” at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Program Director, psychotherapist, 1996-1998

Félagsþjónusta Hafnarfjarðar, Strandgötu 6, Hafnarfirði. Designed and directed a family therapy program, saw clients and families for psychotherapy.

Counsellor, 1994-1996.

Buckelew Programs.  San Rafael, C.A. Residential treatment program for individuals with the Schizophrenic diagnosis.  Administered and oversaw daily activities, supervised residents and dispensed medication.

Psychotherapist Trainee, 1994-1995.

Pacifica Youth Service Bureau.  Pacifica, California. Performed psychotherapy with children and families.  Acted as a school counsellor at Oddstad and Sharp Park Elementary Schools.  Attended Weekly group and individual supervision sessions at the agency, or a total of 660 hours of supervision.  In addition attended weekly individual supervision with a family therapist, on family therapy sessions, for a total of 36 hours.

R..N. Assistant acting Director/Acting director, 1990-1993.

Unglingageðdeild, Dalbraut 12, Reykjavík. Managed a psychiatric in-patient unit for adolescents. Designed treatment plans, followed daily administration of treatment and evaluated effectiveness.

R.N. Assistant Acting Director.  1988-1990.

Landspítali Hálskólasjúkrahús.  Deild 33-C, Hringbraut.  Reykjavík. Performed intake interviews, conducted treatment plans and evaluated effectiveness.