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IoPT Norway

Institute for Trauma Work

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I highly recommend Marta’s IoPT seminar to everyone and especially to counselors, therapists and all those working in health care.

- Dr. Gabor Maté -

About us

We offer trauma therapy and training programs based on Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert’s – Identity oriented Psycho trauma theory and – therapy- IoPT.

Institute for Trauma work is a private institute. We offer Trauma Therapy and Trainings on level 1 – 3, including supervision trainings and Franz Ruppert’s international advanced training (level 3).

Our seminar are for everyone who wants self development and growth, also for therapists, social workers and other professionals.

All our therapist are trained within IoPT and has many years of experience within Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert’s work.

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Training therapists

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Marta Thorsheim

  • Founder of IoPT Norway; Traumatherapist IoPT (DGfS/MNKf)
  • Offers lectures, workshops and trainings in Norway and internationally.
  • Is one of the co-authors of two of Dr Ruppert’s books.
  • Has sponsored and co-translated the award winning documentary In Utero.
  • Is in close contact with Prof Dr Franz Ruppert and Dr Gabor Maté
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Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert

  • Professor in psychology at the University for Applied Science in Munich, Germany.
  • The founder of Identity oriented Psycho Trauma Theory and Therapy and the Intention Method. His theories and practice are groundbreaking in understanding the connections within the Living Human Organism – LHO.
  • His work is published in ten books in many languages.
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Linn Arnesen

  • MA from NTNU in Musicology
  • Employed as a doctoral student at UiT Norway’s Arctic University
  • Traumatherapist IoPT
  • Guidance eductaor (from HiNT, currently Nord University)
  • Steiner (Waldorf) educator (from RSH in Oslo).
  • Over 20 years of experience in educational work with people of different ages and with different challenges.
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Soile Päivikki Hämäläinen - Assistant trainer

  • Own practice as Trauma Therapist for children and adults. Counselor IoPT. Office in Ski, Stange and Skiptvet.
  • Has special expertise with therapeutic work with children and adolescents.
  • Trained at The Institute for Traumawork – 2017
  • Trainer IoPT at the Institute.
  • Student International Advanced Training in IoPT, Norway
  • Chair of the Norwegian Traumatherapist Association- NTF

Former trainings and practice:

  • Nurse, 1989
  • Work experience as a nurse at Diakonhjemmet Hospital and Voksentoppen (special hospital for children with asthma, allergies and eczema)
  • School nurse, 1998
  • Worked part-time as a school nurse in Våler municipality, Østfold
  • Own experience of “collapsing” in 2011, then getting back on my feet using IoPT.
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Mette Kristine Mehus

  • Own practice as Trauma therapist IoPT. Counselor IoPT.
  • Office in Stavanger, IoPT Stavanger
  • Trained at the Institute of Trauma work (IT) 2013
  • Student International Advanced Training IoPT, Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert and Marta Thorsheim.
  • Offers Basic IoPT training in Stavanger
  • Lectures on burnout; effects of prolonged stress and trauma.
  • Lecture for trauma-informing professionals assisting traumatized people in rehabilitation.

Former trainings and practice:

  • Bachelor in social work, 1999, UiS
  • Cand. Mag. in Organization and leadership, 2003, UiS
  • Master in Change Management, 2005, UiS
  • Work experience from private and public companies, including case manager in child welfare, project mngr in program for lowering absence in organizations, team- and discipline leader in rehabilitation company

Lisa Sharya Helsinghof - Assistant trainer

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Sissel Bru Reksten

  • Traumatherapist IoPT
  • Background from business management
  • Own practice with IoPT in Oslo: one-on-one therapy, groups and basic training program
  • Intern and trainer at the Institute for Trauma work
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  • Registered Traumatherapist IoPT og Counselor NTF (Norwegian Traumatherapist Association- NTF)
  • Own practice as traumatherapist and counselor IoPT, leading groups in Sweden and Denmark as well as her own retreat venue in Sweden.
  • Trained at The Institute for Traumawork – 2017
  • Student International Advanced Training in IoPT, Norway
  • Assistant trainer at the Institute

Former trainings and practice:

  • Engineering 1985
  • Bonding therapist 1997
  • Psychoanalyst 1998
  • Worked in her own practice as a therapist and psychoanalyst since 1997


E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: +47 916 67 211


Schafteløkken, Zahlkasserer Schafts Plass 1,
0267 Oslo, entry from Solheimgata 1.
Free parking. Bus/tram stop: "Frogner Plass".