Ida S. Bernhardt

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


By Athanasia M. Mowinckel
Published Oct. 29, 2014 7:56 PM - Last modified Oct. 29, 2014 7:56 PM