Britta Tollefsrud, BA
Britta Tollefsrud (she/her) is completing her internship at Kindred Psychology as a graduate student in the Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness program (MPCAC-Accredited) from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Throughout her program, Britta has been trained to work with mental health difficulties and relationships through the lens of social justice and holistic wellbeing. Britta is supervised by Courtney Yoachim, MA LIMHP.
Prior to joining Kindred, Britta spent most of her career working with arts and community organizations. After graduating from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelors degree in Music and Nonprofit Management, Britta employed her skills as a teaching artist in nontraditional spaces such as the Kattaikkuttu Sangam (performing arts school in Kanchipuram, India), the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts, Travis Hill School (educational programming operating within a juvenile detention center in New Orleans, LA) and Gotta Be Me (an all-abilities community in Omaha, NE). Throughout these experiences, Britta learned the immense power of the creative voice.
In her therapeutic work with clients, Britta integrates empirically supported treatments such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with creative modalities, relaxation techniques, guided self-reflection, interpersonal relationship skills, and community building. She is gender and sexuality affirming in her approach and has experience working with both the LGBTQ+ and neurodiverse communities. Britta has a special interest in working with artistic and creative individuals. One of Britta’s greatest strengths is the way she works collaboratively with her clients and colleagues. Britta strives to meet everyone where they are, free from judgment, and co-creates the therapeutic experience together with her clients. Clients working with Britta can expect a relationship of radical acceptance, creative empowerment, and gentle support for positive change.
As a therapist I operate from a holistic and collaborative approach, centering the client and their identities. My therapeutic orientation is integrative, drawing from central tenets within dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and humanistic family therapy while utilizing enriching tools and techniques from expressive arts therapies. As Virginia Satir said, “communication is to relationship what breathing is to life” and as a therapist I seek to enhance positive communication with self and others. My worldview is heavily influenced by the Buddhist philosophy of self-awareness, mindfulness, and a journey towards accepting impermanence. I also believe in the immense power of empowerment and see myself as a guide and a coach, supporting clients as they seek to navigate the current of life.
Britta accepts clients on pro-bono and sliding fee scale bases as she is not yet in-network with insurance companies. Please contact Courtney for more information.