From the very beginning of my work as a doctor almost 40 years ago, I have been interested in the topic of Prevention. My first private practice in Oslo (1985-88) was called "Center for Preventive Medicine". There I worked in a team with a psychologist, physiotherapist and with what we today call a life coach.
We were some of the first in Norway to use a holistic approach to the treatment of, above all, stress-related ailments and diseases. Holistic means that, in addition to assessing what is happening in the body, we also take into account the possible mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of a person's health and life challenges.
My experience is that many ailments, pains and diseases can be prevented or alleviated by mobilizing people's own resources. This can be achieved by giving them time to talk about their life situation and by teaching them practical and simple tools they can use in their daily lives to reduce tension and stress and develop healthy living habits and relationships.
In addition to my private practice as a psychotherapist, I have taught stress management, team building and psychosocial work environment for over 35 years in business schools, universities and companies in 12 different countries in 3 different languages. In the work situation, coaching and training in stress management, leadership, communication skills and team work will reduce sick leave, create a positive work environment and strengthen employees' motivation, commitment and efficiency.
In Venezuela, where I lived for 27 years, I ran my own Wellness and Management Training Center for many years, where we based our work on the same holistic approach to health, work and quality of life.