Who I am and why I have this website

My name is Ulrika, and to be a parent is the most exciting, but also the most challenging I have experienced in my life. I am very thankful to our five children, that with patience have taught both me and my husband a lot about the needs of both children and parents, and how we can live and grow together. I now also learn from my grandchildren!

On this website I have tried to collect what I have learned from my own children, from other parents and children, from my own childhood, from my experience of living in other cultures both as a child and an adult, and from what I have learned in trainings and from books, because I want to share this with you. My hope is that you will find new thoughts and ideas that you can use in yours and your familys life. Everything will not be useful for you, but choose and try.

The theories I build my knowledge on are, among many, the system theory that helps us t understand that we are all a part of many systems, interpersonal neurobiology that helps us to understand how our brains are formed by our relationships and how we constantly search for safe relationships, the attachment theory that reminds us about the importance for children to have access to safe adults, and the narrative theory and therapy that teaches us the importance of storytelling.

I have choosed to call this website ”Familjeglädje” which is Swedish and means ”Familyjoy”, because this is what I hope for you and me: That the joy will grow stronger in our families! Don´t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or thoughts regarding the information on this website.

Some facts about me

I am an authorized Social Worker, with a Master in Social Work (MSW), and a licensed psychotherapist (Clinical Counselor) holding a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy with family and system focus. I am also a trained supervisor and teacher in psychotherapy with a family and system focus.

In Sweden I have been working within the Swedish Child Protection Service and at a Family Center that offers counseling, workshops, an open preschool and much more. During eleven years I have been working in Thailand, mainly as a family therapist at The Well International in Chiang Mai. During my years in Asia I developed a lot of different kinds of trainings for parents and those who work with families and children.

I now work part time as a family therapist at the primary health care center in the town in Sweden where we now live, and on the rest of my time I offer counseling online, webinars, teaching and supervision. I am an experienced and – as I understand it – loved speaker, and I am the author of four books, only one in English though: Third Culture Kids: A Gift to Care For. The books in Swedish are about Familytherapy, Ecopsychotherapy, and Spiritual Exercises for all ages.

Ulrika Ernvik