About Liia

I am a Psychologist and a clinical researcher, currently finishing my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Leiden University. I was born and raised in Finland, but have since lived in Australia, the U.K., and the Netherlands. I completed my university studies graduating with a bachelor’s in Psychology and a master’s in Clinical and Health Psychology from Leiden University in 2019. As a 10+ year expat myself, I am also familiar with many of the struggles that internationals may face while living abroad, and hope to turn these insights into action steps within my work at Expat Psychologists.

I work with youth, adults and couples, and provide therapy in English and Finnish. I believe that every individual and their personal circumstances are different – therefore I also think that every therapy approach should be tailored to the individual, and should be based on ongoing collaboration with the therapist and the client. In my work, I use techniques from a number of evidence-based interventions, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based stress reduction (MDSR), schema therapy, and others. Regardless of the specific techniques used, the most important thing for me will always be to foster a safe, open and accepting atmosphere where we can work together to address whatever is on your mind.

PhD in Clinical Psychology at Leiden University

Within my research work, I have specialised in topics related to depression and suicidality, as well as the intersection between sleep and mental health. Within my PhD, I worked with individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours, exploring how real-time symptom monitoring through new technologies may be used to better understand suicidal symptoms and their contributing factors. In addition to this, I have researched the role of sleep disturbances in depression and other mental disorders, and how sleep interventions may be used to alleviate and prevent mental health complaints. 

Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.

– Sigmund Freud

Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I)

While I work with clients with a range of different complaints, one of my special interests lies in the role of sleep in mental and physical well-being. Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is an intervention specifically designed to address the thoughts and behaviours that can cause and contribute to sleep issues. CBT-I works to regulate sleep and the circadian rhythm, establish healthier habits related to sleep, teach relaxation techniques, and address negative thoughts, beliefs and worry related to sleep problems. CBT-I is typically delivered over 4-6 sessions, but may also be used as an add-on treatment alongside other techniques when non-sleep related complaints are the main focus of treatment. 

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, cooking, and reading – I’m always interested in hearing people’s stories, whether that be in real life or in between the pages of a book.