Ida Stange Bernhardt

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Phone +47 22845283
Room V02-06
Available hours By agreement
Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 Oslo
Other affiliations Institutt for pedagogikk (Student)

Academic interests

  • Psychotherapy research

  • Therapist characteristics/ therapist development

  • Psychodynamic therapy

  • Psychoanalytic theory/ attachment theory

  • Psychoanalytic interpretation of fictional literature

Doctoral Thesis

The project “The significance of Therapists` Personal Experience and Qualities” is a subproject of the larger research project “The Art and Science of Conducting Psychotherapy – how collaborative action between client and therapist generates and sustains productive life change” developed and  led by PHD/ associate professor Marit Råbu at Department of Psychology/ UiO together with PhD/ Professor II Christian Moltu, University of Bergen, and Professor John McLeod, University of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland.

The PhD-project aims to understand more of therapist expertise – why some psychotherapists appear to be more successful than others in promoting change and improvement in patients, and how their personal characteristics and self-understanding are integrated in their therapeutic stance and therapeutic actions.


  • PhD-candidate at Institute of Psychology/ UiO 2014 – 2018

  • Cand. Psychol (master`s degree) 2004/ Department  of Psychology/ UiO

  • Clinical specialization (Norwegian Psychological Association) in adult psychology

  • Extensive clinical experience from treating mental illness in adults, at both in- and outpatient settings

  • Candidate at the Norwegian Psychoanalytic Institute

  • Cand. mag (BA) degree (1996) with the range of subjects: History, Media and Communication &  East-Asia studies

Tags: Clinical psychology


  • Bernhardt, Ida S.; Nissen-Lie, Helene Amundsen & Råbu, Marit (2020). The embodied listener: a dyadic case study of how therapist and patient reflect on the significance of therapist`s personal presence for the therapeutic change process . Psychotherapy Research. ISSN 1050-3307. doi: 10.1080/10503307.2020.1808728. Full text in Research Archive
  • Råbu, Marit; Mcleod, John; Haavind, Hanne; Bernhardt, Ida S.; Nissen-Lie, Helene A & Moltu, Christian (2019). How psychotherapists make use of their experiences from being a client: Lessons from a collective autoethnography . Counselling Psychology Quarterly. ISSN 0951-5070. 34(1), p. 109–128. doi: 10.1080/09515070.2019.1671319. Full text in Research Archive
  • Bernhardt, Ida S.; Nissen-Lie, Helene A; Moltu, Christian; Mcleod, John & Råbu, Marit (2018). "It's both a strength and a drawback." How therapists' personal qualities are experienced in their professional work. Psychotherapy Research. ISSN 1050-3307. 29(7), p. 959–970. doi: 10.1080/10503307.2018.1490972. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Bernhardt, Ida S.; Moltu, Christian; Nissen-Lie, Helene A & Råbu, Marit (2018). Feeling at home in theory – an echo of the therapist’s personal history in the professional domain.
  • Axelsen, Eva Dalsgaard; Benum, Kirsten; Bernhardt, Ida S.; Gullestad, Siri Erika; Halvorsen, Margrethe Seeger & Hartmann, Ellen Johanne [Show all 24 contributors for this article] (2017). Historien Psykologtidsskriftet ikke forteller. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening. ISSN 0332-6470. 54(12), p. 1197–1199.
  • Moltu, Christian; Råbu, Marit & Bernhardt, Ida S. (2016). The places that I shouldn´t go: Exploring good therapists´experiences of the areas in which they function poorly.
  • Moltu, Christian; Råbu, Marit; Nordberg, Samuel Schieffelin & Bernhardt, Ida S. (2015). Developing mixed methods to research: How collaborative action between client and therapist generates and sustains productive life change.

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Published Oct. 22, 2014 1:35 PM - Last modified July 8, 2019 1:41 PM