Marit Råbu

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Academic Interests

  • Psychotherapy

  • Exploring psychotherapy process with the use of qualitative methods

  • Case studies

  • Psychotherapy integration

  • Developing qualitative research methods with the use of artistic perspecitves


PSYC4400 - Relasjonskompetanse (Relational competence)

PSYC 6300 - Praktikum (Internship)

PSYC 9101 - Research methodology

PSYC 3100 Qualitative methodology

PSYC 1202 Ethics and the professional role

Higher education and employment history

Marit Råbu, PhD, graduated as a psychologist from the University of Oslo in 1997, and is qualified as specialist in clinical psychology and intensive psychotherapy of the Norwegian Psychological Association. Postgraduate education in psychotherapy from Institute for psychotherapy and Institute for active psychotherapy. Marit Råbu has worked in public mental health care for ten years and has experience from clinical work with adults, adolescence, children, couples, and families in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She is engaged in research on various aspects of psychotherapy processes. She finished her PhD in 2011 with the thesis “Relational development in psychotherapy from beginning to end: Connecting structural and interpersonal aspects of psychotherapy”. She teaches courses on psychological treatment and runs a part time private psychotherapy practice.


Råbu takes part in the project “An intensive process-outcome study of the interpersonal aspects of psychotherapy”, led by Associate Professor Margrethe Seeger Halvorsen (initiative and previously leadership by Professor Helge Rønnestad) at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. Her PhD was an independent project within this larger project. She cooperates closely with researchers in this project, particularly Professor Hanne Haavind.

She leads (alternating with Christian Moltu) the research project “The Art and Science of Conducting Psychotherapy – how collaborative action between client and therapist generates and sustains productive life change”. The project is developed together with PhD Christian Moltu, research fellow in Helse-Vest, and Professor John McLeod, University of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland. The project involves several researchers from University of Oslo, University of Bergen, CHIOR, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, USA and Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Råbu also leads a research project called “Senior therapist’s experiences on how being a therapist influences life”. Link to some results from this Project (see also publications below):


Supervises the following PhD-Projects:

Ida Stange Bernhardt: The Significance of Therapists’ Personal Experiences and Qualities

Kristine Dahl Sørensen: Managing life and change when diagnosed with avoidant personality disorder: A qualitative inquiry

Anita Myhre: Long-term and multidisciplinary treatment pathways: Experiences among patients and families affected by a congenital craniofacial anomaly  (co-supervisor) 


2017: Price in Memory of Bjørn Christiansen for a significant academic contribution (Distributed by the Norwegian Psychological Association)


Serves as part of Editoral Board in Counselling Psychology Quarterly (Taylor & Francis)

Tags: Clinical psychology


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  • Råbu, Marit (2021). Begrepene er faget. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening. ISSN 0332-6470.
  • Sørensen, Kristine Dahl & Råbu, Marit (2021). Some people feel so utterly alone it´s as if they don't exist. Aeon.
  • Råbu, Marit (2019). "Frei aber Einsam" - Johannes Brahms og kjærleiken. Klassisk minifestival På 123. p. 22–23.
  • Råbu, Marit & Haavind, Hanne (2019). "Where did we arrive in the end?" Conjoint explorations of improvements in the last phase of psychotherapy.
  • Råbu, Marit (2018). Fra forskning til scene: Om formidling av kunnskap fra forskningsintervjuer til teater.
  • Råbu, Marit (2018). Maktens grammatikk. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening. ISSN 0332-6470. 55(9), p. 872–873.
  • 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.
  • Råbu, Marit (2018). Kunst og kultur i terapirommet.
  • Råbu, Marit & Tønnessen, Tyra (2017). Overføring.
  • 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.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Eldre terapeuters ettertanke - fra forskningsintervju til scene.
  • Skårderud, Finn; Råbu, Marit; Isdal, Per & Tessand, Heidi Elisabeth Svendsen (2017). Roundtable: Terapeutisk utvikling - vekst, stagnasjon og støtte.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Ettertanke - om et liv som terapeut.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Ettertanke - om et liv som terapeut.
  • Kraft, Nina & Råbu, Marit (2017). Ondskap - og skjør kjærlighet. Magasinet Plot. ISSN 1892-4417. p. 72–81.
  • Haugaard, Annette & Råbu, Marit (2017). Terapi forandrer - også psykologer. Psykologernes fagmagasin. ISSN 2445-6322. 10, p. 10–13.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Transference. A theatre play - and how it was created from research interviews with senior therapists.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Eldre terapeuters erfaringer - fra forskning til teater.
  • Mcleod, John & Råbu, Marit (2017). Wisdom in professional knowledge: Developing a contextualized understanding of insights from senior psychotherapists.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Hvordan påvirker den psykoterapeutiske praksisen terapeutens liv?
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Innledning til forestillingen Overføring på Det Norske Teatret.
  • Blystad, Magnus Helgheim ; Råbu, Marit & Wesche Guttormsen, Ellen (2017). Ekko Helg - Treng me meir eller mindre empati? [Radio]. NRK P2.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Salongen, P2. [Radio]. Nrk .
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Eldre terapeuters erfaringer.
  • Råbu, Marit & Tønnessen, Tyra (2017). Innledning til forestillingen Overføring på Det Norske teatret.
  • Milde, Svein Harald & Råbu, Marit (2017). Hva gjør 40 år som terapeut med deg? [Internet].
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Innledning til forestillingen Overføring på Det Norske Teatret.
  • Flottorp, Johanne & Råbu, Marit (2017). Psykoterapeutforsking til teaterscena. [Newspaper]. Nationen.
  • Revheim, Hanna Huglen & Råbu, Marit (2017). Innslag i Dagsrevyen om teaterforestillingen Overføring. [TV]. Nrk .
  • Andenæs, Agnes; Benum, Kirsten; Carlquist, Erik; Halvorsen, Margrethe S.; Hauge, Mona-Iren & Madsen, Ole Jacob [Show all 15 contributors for this article] (2017). Sneversynt om psykologisk kunnskap. Morgenbladet. ISSN 0805-3847. 198(5), p. 28–29.
  • Råbu, Marit & Rhodes, Ella (2017). Deeper awareness. [Business/trade/industry journal]. The Psychologist.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Banebrytarar i psykoterapien. Det Norske Teatret, Bakteppet, Repertoarmagasin, Vår 2017.
  • Råbu, Marit & Torp, Åsne Dahl (2017). Teaterpodden, Det Norske teatret. Fredagssamtalen - Erik Hivju og Marit Råbu om laust og fast. [Radio]. Det Norske teatret, Podcast.
  • Mcleod, John; Råbu, Marit; Moltu, Christian & Haavind, Hanne (2016). Researcher reflexivity: Taking account of personal meaning of investigating the integration of Professional and personal knowledge.
  • Råbu, Marit & Tønnessen, Tyra (2016). Disseminating Research and creating art in the same act: Theatre built on Research interviews.
  • 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.
  • Råbu, Marit; Moltu, Christian; Bernhardt, Ida Stange & Mcleod, John (2015). Analyzing single-cases with multiple data sources to capture complexity.
  • 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.
  • Moltu, Christian; Råbu, Marit & Mcleod, John (2015). Using quantitative prompts and serial interviews to achieve greater correspondence and phenomenological proximity in qualitative approaches.
  • Råbu, Marit & Mcleod, John (2015). What are the wisdoms of senior therapists?
  • Råbu, Marit; Moltu, Christian; Binder, Per-Einar & Mcleod, John (2014). Looking back: How did being a therapist affect my personal life?
  • Halvorsen, Margrethe S.; Benum, Kirsten; Haavind, Hanne; Von der Lippe, Anna Louise; Nissen-Lie, Helene A & Oddli, Hanne [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2014). How does alliance work develop in phases of psychotherapy?
  • Råbu, Marit & Haavind, Hanne (2013). Creating analytical procedures in the service of making results from psychotherapy research relevant for clinical practice.
  • Råbu, Marit (2012). Hvordan få til en god nok avslutning?
  • Råbu, Marit; Haavind, Hanne & Binder, Per-Einar (2012). Metaphors for moving toward the end in psychotherapy.
  • Råbu, Marit (2012). Å avslutte psykoterapi.
  • Råbu, Marit (2012). Brudd og reparasjoner i psykoterapi.
  • Strand, Nina & Råbu, Marit (2012). Å bevare båndet helt til slutt. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening. ISSN 0332-6470. 49(2), p. 184–185.
  • Slotnæs, Marit Karine & Råbu, Marit (2011). Psykoterapi virker, det er et etablert funn. [Newspaper]. Morgenbladet.
  • Råbu, Marit (2011). Brudd og reparasjoner i psykoterapiprosesser.
  • Råbu, Marit; Binder, Per-Einar & Haavind, Hanne (2011). Negotiating ending: a qualitative study of the process of ending psychotherapy.
  • Råbu, Marit; Binder, Per-Einar & Haavind, Hanne (2011). What has changed? A qualitative study of how improvement in psychotherapy is negotiatied and experienced in the process of ending.
  • Råbu, Marit (2010). Negotiating an end. A case study of an ambigous process of ending.
  • Råbu, Marit; Halvorsen, Margrethe S. & Haavind, Hanne (2010). Early relationship struggles. A case study of alliance formation and reparation.
  • Råbu, Marit (2009). A case study of interruptions and reparations in a mutually challenging psychotherapy.
  • Råbu, Marit (2009). Behandling av ustabil personlighetsforstyrrelse. Et psykodynamisk utviklingsperspektiv og et behandlingsforløp.
  • Råbu, Marit & Hytten, Karsten (2008). Vær varsom! Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.). ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Råbu, Marit (2008). Utvikling gjennom avbrudd og reparasjoner. Kasusstudie av en gjensidig utfordrende psykoterapi.
  • Råbu, Marit (2008). Interruptions as ruptures in psychotherapy.
  • Råbu, Marit (2006). Psykiatri: Den gode fiende. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.). ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Hytten, Karsten & Råbu, Marit (2005). Helsefarlig selvmordsomtale. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. ISSN 0029-2001. 125(20).
  • Råbu, Marit (2001). Fortellinger om psykoanalysen ved milenniumskiftet. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening. ISSN 0332-6470.
  • Råbu, Marit (2011). Relational development in psychotherapy from beginning to end. Connecting structural and interpersonal aspects. Universitetet i Oslo.
  • Høye, Helene & Råbu, Marit (1996). "Skal vi grise?" En seminaturalistisk studie av 2-4 pr gamle barnehagebarns konstruktive samhandling. Psykologisk institutt. ISSN 82-569-1429-7.

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Published Sep. 27, 2010 12:04 PM - Last modified Dec. 11, 2021 7:25 PM