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Helinä Häkkänen

Helinä Häkkänen

Helinä Häkkänen, PhD, Licensed psychotherapist, Licensed Work supervisor (STOry), Specialized Psychologist (Work and Organizational Psychology and Forensic Psychology), Adjunct professor (docent) of Forensic Psychology (University of Eastern Finland) and Criminal Psychology (University of Helsinki), Certified EMDR Therapist, EMDR Supervisor Trainee, Licensed Sexual Counsellor.

I am the founder and CEO of Mindroot Ltd. I practice psychotherapy with adults and young people, and I do work supervision. Many of my customers have had difficult experiences and trauma. Violence, death of a loved one, divorce, legal proceedings, safety threats, publicity challenges, difficult interpersonal relationships, and workplace conflict situations are typical topics to be addressed at my reception. I work as a supervisor for a number of crisis and security experts and legal professionals. I collaborate with the police, insurance companies, occupational health service providers, the Journalist Support Fund, NGOs, HUS and several law firms in Helsinki and Turku. I am in the Kela’s rehabilitation service provider registry and conduct outsourced therapy for HUS and YTHS.

I have had a private practice since 2010. Prior to that, I worked as a psychologist in the National Bureau of Investigation for 10 years, and in 2010–2020, in addition to my clinical work, I was the head of a psychologist and law firm. In addition to my reception work, I maintain a blog and write academic papers, and I also conduct research on EMDR treatment and its effectiveness at the Helsinki University Medical faculty, and I actively develop new methods related to EMDR therapy, especially for mental coaching, supervision and police criminal investigation. I have written or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific articles and four books. I also serve as the science representative of the board of the Finnish EMDR Association.

I work fluently in Finnish, Swedish and English.

Contact info: helina.hakkanen@mielenjuuri.fi

Markus Heinimaa (Associate)

MD, PhD, Psychiatrist, Family therapy trainer, EMDR facilitator and trainer.

I am a psychiatrist and work mainly with adults and adolescents, and with couples and families.

The focus of the treatment can vary widely, but largely I work with trauma focus, applying EMDR-therapy to treating attachment traumas as well as to so called type A psychotraumatisation (life occurrences that would traumatize most people).

I have worked in private practice since 1993 and simultaneously been actively involved in psychiatric scientific research (particularly on early detection of psychosis) and teaching. I hold a clinical lecturer position at the University of Turku.

I have authored and co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers. In my clinical work I have been particularly active in developing EMDR therapy for various purposes. My training level in EMDR-therapy is a facilitator. I supervise EMDR therapists in Turku, Seinäjoki and Tampere. I have also been involved as an EMDR-therapist in post-trauma workshops for police officers. I have served as the chairman of the Finnish EMDR association since 2014.

I work fluently in Finnish, Swedish and English.

Contact info: markus.heinimaa@protonmail.com

Markus Heinimaa

Sofia Salmi

Sofia Salmi

Office assistant

I am a spring 2021 student at the Finnish Joint School in Helsinki. In addition to high school, I have been on exchange in Japan through the 2018-2019 Rotary Youth Exchange program. I work part-time at Mindroot.

I work fluently in Finnish, English, Swedish, French and Japanese.

Contact info: sofia.salmi@mielenjuuri.fi