Are you struggling with persistent pain or other chronic physical symptoms? Do you have anxiety or panic attacks? Do you feel stressed or overwhelmed? Do you have unwanted habits?

Believe me, I know how you feel because I have been there too. I know how desperate, lonely and stressed you can feel in the face of physical pain or symptoms, stress and anxiety. I also know that you are doing your best all the time and that none of it is in any way imagined or caused by you. What we feel in the moment is what is real to us and it is the only reality we can see until we have a new thought or insight to see it differently.  

I want to tell you that there is hope despite how hopeless it may look to you now. There is hope of lasting change, and not by adding methods, strategies or techniques. There is hope of change by seeing something universal about how the human mind works, what pain and feelings are and how your brain is always trying to protect you in the best way it knows how.

My reason for wanting to share this with you is because of how much this understanding has changed my own life. A few years back I would never have thought it possible, but I now know that change can always happen when there's a shift in our understanding. A life with less pain and symptoms is possible. A life where anxiety and pain will still show up because it is part of the human experience, but where you are not defined by it, is possible. A life where you can feel every emotion there is, and not be so afraid of what it means about you, is possible. A life without unwanted habits is possible, when you understand how the system works. 

If you are struggling in life I hope you find something useful to you here that may give you new hope. Life is truly never hopeless despite how it may look or feel. You are truly never broken despite how it may look or feel. I know from personal experience that we are so much more resilient than we think and that there is a part of us that is unbreakable no matter what life throws at us. There is always hope. After all, we are still here.  

What if?

What if

you are already healthy and whole underneath your thinking mind?

What if

you could experience less pain and anxiety?

What if

you could experience less mental stress?

What if

how your mind works is universal?

What if

there are no techniques, methods or strategies needed?

What if the best part is that the above is true?

The true healer is greater understanding

- Angus Ross

All we are is peace, love and wisdom, and the power to create the illusion that we're not.                      Jack Pransky

What if this is really true? What would be the implications for you if it is? It is worth considering and reflecting on.  

My name is Kjersti Ane Østvik and I'm a mum of two, a wife, a cat owner, a reader, a writer, a food lover and a Dr. Amy Johnson Certified Change Coach. I would love to be your companion and guide on your path to rediscover your own wellbeing, resilience and innate health, the way I have been guided and continue to be guided myself. It is lifechanging to discover who you really are and what mental wellbeing really is. What if your mental health has nothing to do with your brain and your psychology? What if mental health is something that we're all born with and that is part of the energy of life that we're all made of and connected through? What if traditional psychology innocently has it backwards? What if we're innately well and healthy and then we have some sticky psychology temporarily covering over it? What if it is possible to look beyond your psychology? What if we think because we are and not the other way around? It's a profound and life-changing difference!

If you're anything like me, you have already tried every approach there is to feel better about yourself, quit unwanted habits or experience less stress, pain and physical symptoms. Most techniques and methods may help a little on the way to change, but in my experience real and lasting change happens when something fundamental shifts in us, from the inside out. What would it be like to look at yourself from the perspective of health rather than from a perspective of what is seemingly lacking?

What if deep, lasting change does not start with changing your behaviour?

If you’ve tried everything but nothing has led to the sustainable change you want…
it’s time to look in a different direction. 
      Dr. Amy Johnson

What is a Certified Change Coach?

I am a graduate of Dr. Amy Johnson's Change Coach Training Program. Her course is based on a revolutionary new paradigm in mental health that taps into our natural, innate wellbeing and resilience. A Change Coach goes through extensive training and is taught how to help you break free from your habitual thinking by seeing how all humans work on a universal level. 

I would love to explore with you how your mind works to protect you against perceived threats, and how you can see through that and not be taken along for the ride every time your brain tells a story, whether it is about pain, stress, habits or anxiety. As you begin to gain more clarity you will see a shift in your perspective and discover who you really are underneath your busy mind. It's an exciting journey of discovery and who knows what may show up? I think on some level most of us know that we're not our brains or our thoughts or our bodies, but to know that on a deeper level is a game-changer. The journey has no end point as we can always see things in new ways and have different perspectives and insights along the way all through our lives. That is hopeful!

The iceberg analogy

I love Dr. Amy Johnson's iceberg analogy to explain how lasting change can happen by changing your understanding of the mind. If you compare your anxiety, pain, mental stress and unwanted habits to an iceberg, this approach can help you increase the temperature of the water to begin melting the iceberg, instead of chipping away at it from the top. Lasting change comes from the inside out by seeing something new and profound that changes how you view yourself. It is going beyond the psychology of your mind. 

A change in perspective

Change can start in the safe space of a friendly conversation. Together we'll explore how we all work as human beings and where our experience of life is really coming from. What if our experience of life is always presented to us through our thoughts and mental activity? What if what we see is not really what is out there in the world or in our bodies, but a projection of what is there as our brain interprets it for us moment to moment?

Whatever you want change around, whether it is physical pain or symptoms, mental stress, unwanted habits or relationship issues, I believe anything can change by understanding how our mind works and who we really are beyond our psychology. 

There are

no techniques

no strategies

no homework

There is only understanding and seeing something new about yourself and how you innocently get caught up believing your own thinking, and look to what is there beyond that. What might that look like for you?

What if your persistent pain and physical symptoms are kind messages rather than something to be afraid of? Pain and symptoms that persist aren't always about something physically wrong, but could point you to look somewhere deeper

Please send me a message if you have any questions or reflections you want to share. I would love to hear your story and what you would like to change in your life. You can also drop me a message if you would like to explore what working with me would look like

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A testimonial from one of my lovely clients

Coaching with Kjersti was always a beautiful experience for me. Her presence creates a beautiful atmosphere of peace and acceptance that causes your mind to calm down completely and makes you see there are no problems in your life. Her insights into states of anxiety and fear have helped me to see much more for myself and have deepened my sense of peace and trust in life. Kjersti uses her own experiences with chronic pain and anxiety and her knowledge of science and understanding , which is why sessions with her are so powerful and authentic. Her story and coaching gives you hope that nothing in life is lost and change is possible in any circumstance of life. I am very grateful to have met Kjersti.

Jitka Hanzova, Czech Republic

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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.  Albert Einstein