Marit Råbu

Associate Professor - Department of Psychology
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Phone +47 22845125
Room S02-10
Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 OSLO
Other affiliations Klinisk psykologi

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.  s 22- 23
  • Råbu, Marit & Haavind, Hanne (2019). "Where did we arrive in the end?" Conjoint explorations of improvements in the last phase of psychotherapy.
  • 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). Fra forskning til scene: Om formidling av kunnskap fra forskningsintervjuer til teater.
  • Råbu, Marit (2018). Kunst og kultur i terapirommet.
  • Råbu, Marit (2018). Maktens grammatikk. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  55(9), s 872- 873
  • Andenæs, Agnes; Benum, Kirsten; Carlquist, Erik; Halvorsen, Margrethe S.; Hauge, Mona-Iren; Madsen, Ole Jacob; Moss, Sigrun Marie; Oddli, Hanne; Roen, Katrina; Råbu, Marit; Skjelsbæk, Inger; Stänicke, Erik; Strømme, Hanne; Sveaass, Nora & Tjersland, Odd Arne (2017). Sneversynt om psykologisk kunnskap. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.  198(5), s 28- 29
  • Axelsen, Eva Dalsgaard; Benum, Kirsten; Bernhardt, Ida S.; Gullestad, Siri Erika; Halvorsen, Margrethe Seeger; Hartmann, Ellen Johanne; Haavind, Hanne; Killingmo, Bjørn; Von der Lippe, Anna Louise; Mauseth, Tori; Monsen, Jon Trygve; Mossige, Svein; Nissen-Lie, Helene A; Oddli, Hanne; Reichelt, Sissel; Rø, Frida Gullestad; Rønnestad, Michael Helge; Råbu, Marit; Tjersland, Odd Arne; Stänicke, Line Indrevoll; Strømme, Hanne; Sveaas, Nora; Zachrisson, Anders & Øiestad, Guro (2017). Historien Psykologtidsskriftet ikke forteller. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  54(12), s 1197- 1199
  • Blystad, Magnus Helgheim; Råbu, Marit & Wesche Guttormsen, Ellen (2017, 13. mai). Ekko Helg - Treng me meir eller mindre empati?. [Radio].  NRK P2.
  • Flottorp, Johanne & Råbu, Marit (2017, 24. februar). Psykoterapeutforsking til teaterscena.  Nationen.
  • Haugaard, Annette & Råbu, Marit (2017). Terapi forandrer - også psykologer. Psykologernes fagmagasin.  ISSN 2445-6322.  10, s 10- 13
  • Kraft, Nina & Råbu, Marit (2017). Ondskap - og skjør kjærlighet. Magasinet Plot.  ISSN 1892-4417.  s 72- 81
  • Mcleod, John & Råbu, Marit (2017). Wisdom in professional knowledge: Developing a contextualized understanding of insights from senior psychotherapists.
  • Milde, Svein Harald & Råbu, Marit (2017, 22. januar). Hva gjør 40 år som terapeut med deg?. [Internett].
  • Revheim, Hanna Huglen & Råbu, Marit (2017, 16. februar). Innslag i Dagsrevyen om teaterforestillingen Overføring. [TV].  Nrk.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Banebrytarar i psykoterapien. Det Norske Teatret, Bakteppet, Repertoarmagasin, Vår 2017.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Eldre terapeuters erfaringer.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Eldre terapeuters erfaringer - fra forskning til teater.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Eldre terapeuters ettertanke - fra forskningsintervju til scene.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Ettertanke - om et liv som terapeut.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Ettertanke - om et liv som terapeut.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Hvordan påvirker den psykoterapeutiske praksisen terapeutens liv?.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Innledning til forestillingen Overføring på Det Norske Teatret.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Innledning til forestillingen Overføring på Det Norske Teatret.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017, 05. mai). Salongen, P2. [Radio].  Nrk.
  • Råbu, Marit (2017). Transference. A theatre play - and how it was created from research interviews with senior therapists..
  • Råbu, Marit & Rhodes, Ella (2017, 01. februar). Deeper awareness. [Fagblad].  The Psychologist.
  • Råbu, Marit & Torp, Åsne Dahl (2017, 06. januar). Teaterpodden, Det Norske teatret. Fredagssamtalen - Erik Hivju og Marit Råbu om laust og fast. [Radio].  Det Norske teatret, Podcast.
  • Råbu, Marit & Tønnessen, Tyra (2017). Innledning til forestillingen Overføring på Det Norske teatret.
  • Råbu, Marit & Tønnessen, Tyra (2017). Overføring.
  • Skårderud, Finn; Råbu, Marit; Isdal, Per & Tessand, Heidi Elisabeth Svendsen (2017). Roundtable: Terapeutisk utvikling - vekst, stagnasjon og støtte.
  • Strand, Nina & Råbu, Marit (2017, 01. mars). Forvandlingen. For første gang er psykologisk forskning blitt råstoff for et teaterstykke. Eldre psykoterapeuter reflekterer over hva et langt yrkesliv ga dem - og hva det kostet.. [Tidsskrift].  Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.
  • Tønnessen, Tyra & Råbu, Marit (2017). Overføring - basert på psykolog Marit Råbus intervju med eldre kollegaer. Til teater ved Tyra Tønnessen.
  • 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.
  • 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 & Tønnessen, Tyra (2016). Disseminating Research and creating art in the same act: Theatre built on Research interviews.
  • Moltu, Christian; Råbu, Marit & Mcleod, John (2015). Using quantitative prompts and serial interviews to achieve greater correspondence and phenomenological proximity in qualitative approaches.
  • 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.
  • Råbu, Marit & Mcleod, John (2015). What are the wisdoms of senior therapists?.
  • Råbu, Marit; Moltu, Christian; Bernhardt, Ida Stange & Mcleod, John (2015). Analyzing single-cases with multiple data sources to capture complexity.
  • 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; Råbu, Marit; Stänicke, Erik & Rønnestad, Michael Helge (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). Brudd og reparasjoner i psykoterapi.
  • Råbu, Marit (2012). Hvordan få til en god nok avslutning?.
  • Råbu, Marit (2012). Å avslutte psykoterapi.
  • Råbu, Marit; Haavind, Hanne & Binder, Per-Einar (2012). Metaphors for moving toward the end in psychotherapy.
  • Strand, Nina & Råbu, Marit (2012). Å bevare båndet helt til slutt. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  49(2), s 184- 185
  • Råbu, Marit (2011). Brudd og reparasjoner i psykoterapiprosesser.
  • Råbu, Marit (2011). Relational development in psychotherapy from beginning to end. Connecting structural and interpersonal aspects.
  • 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.
  • Slotnæs, Marit Karine & Råbu, Marit (2011, 23. september). Psykoterapi virker, det er et etablert funn.  Morgenbladet.
  • 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 (2008). Interruptions as ruptures in psychotherapy.
  • Råbu, Marit (2008). Utvikling gjennom avbrudd og reparasjoner. Kasusstudie av en gjensidig utfordrende psykoterapi.
  • Råbu, Marit & Hytten, Karsten (2008). Vær varsom!. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116. Show summary
  • 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), s 2757
  • Råbu, Marit (2001). Fortellinger om psykoanalysen ved milenniumskiftet. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  (9), s 836
  • Høye, Helene & Råbu, Marit (1996). "Skal vi grise?" En seminaturalistisk studie av 2-4 pr gamle barnehagebarns konstruktive samhandling.

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Published Sep. 27, 2010 12:04 PM - Last modified Jan. 4, 2021 10:43 PM