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In 1999, dr. Birgisson and dr. Albert Ellis, clinical psychologist,
the revolutionary founder of REBT, the first CBT model,
at Leifstod Airport, Iceland.

Gunnar at Leifstod Airport in Iceland with dr. Albert Ellis, the founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy the first one of the coginitive-behaviorla therapies models.

Gunnar H. Birgisson PsyD is a clinical psychologist and a couples and family therapist. His theoretical orientation is in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (RE & CBT); Couples and Family Therapy; and in  Positive Psychology. He began doing individual and group therapy in 1979, initially with delinquent adolescents and their families. 

Gunnar has a private practice in Reykjavik. Also he is a Director of the Student Psycholgy Clinic at the University of Iceland, Psychology Department.

He graduated from California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles where he specialized in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and in Couples and Family Therapy.

Dr. Birgisson has presented at professional conferences and for general audiences on topics such as RE & CBT, Forensic Psychology, Custody Evaluation, Family Mediation, and Positive Psychology,

Dr. Birgisson practices clinical hypnosis and mindfulness. His style in doing psychotherapy is interactive and solution-focused. He provides support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges and achieve their goals. He integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer an approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, he works with each individual to help solve his or her problems, build character strengths and attain personal growth.

Brief Curriculum Vitae


Nov 16, 1993              Licensed Psychologist in Iceland.

Apr 14, 1998              Licensed Psychologist in USA, Lic.# WI 2080.

Nov 03, 1999              Licensed as an Expert in Clinical Psychology in Iceland.



1991 - 1993                 Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D),

                                    California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP),

                                    Los Angeles, USA.

1989 - 1991                 Master of Arts (M.A.), CSPP, Los Angeles.

1986 - 1989                 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology, University of Iceland, Reykjavik.


Professional Affiliations

1998 - present             Society of Experts in Clinical Psychology. 

Secretary, 1999 – 2008.

Member on the Committee on Child Custody and Visitation Litigation Issues 2009-2016.

1993 - present             Icelandic Psychological Association. 

Board of Licensing Committee, 1997 – 2006.

1995 - 2011                American Psychological Association (APA).  Member # 7892-9951.

1995 - present             Cognitive Behavior Therapy Society, Iceland.

2002 - 2006                 Hypnotic Therapy Society, Iceland.

1993 - 1996                 Union of Icelandic Psychologists.  Treasurer, 1994-1996.

2013 - present             University of Iceland, Board of Psychological Licensing Committee.


Current Professional Work

2013 - present             Director at Student Psychology Clinic at the University of Iceland, Psychology Department. Provides clinical training and supervision for Cand. Psych. students.

1993 - present           Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, since 1998. Provide therapy and consultation based mainly on Cognitive Behavior Therapy; Positive Psychology; and Couples- and Family Therapy. Forensic assessment. Child Custody Evaluations. Assessor and Mediator for courts.

2000 - present            Mediatior in Custody and Visitation Cases. Contracted by the Ministery of Justice and Human Rights and the Chief Legislative 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1995 - 1998                    Clinical Psychologist, and Chief of Counseling, 1997 - 1998. Also, Sexual Assault Victim Intervention (SAVI) Advocate Coordinator, 1996 - 1998. US Navy Family Service Center,
                                    Iceland  Defense Force, Keflavik. Provide treatment for individuals, couples and families. Conducted workshops in Stress Management, Anger Management, and Couples 
                                    Communication. Consultation and General Military Training. Full time.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































1993 - 1995                Chief Psychologist. Children's Welfare Board of Iceland. Conducted psychological assessment of children and parents in termination of custody cases. Half time position.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































1992-1993                   Psychological Intern. Metropolitan Clinical Counseling, CIGNA Healthplan, Manhattan Beach, California. Supervisors: John Minor, Ph.D. and Robert Cutrow, Ph.D.  Provided assessment and treatment for mental health patients.  20 hours a week, 800 practice hours.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































1992-1993                   Psychological Assistant. Pacific Professional Associates in Van Nuys and Camarillo, California. Supervisor: Raymond E. Anderson, Ph.D.  Provided group therapy with sex offenders, 6 hrs. a wk., 120 hrs.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































1991-1992                   Psychological Intern.  Orange Coast College, Student Health Service, Mental Health Department, Costa Mesa, California.  Supervisors: Roselyn Colombo, Ph.D., Duncan Wigg, Ph.D. and Kenneth Fineman, Ph.D. Provided psychotherapy and psychological assessment for individuals, couples and groups of students. 20 hrs. a wk., 752 hrs.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































1990-1991                   Psychological Practicum. Pacific Professional Associates in Van Nuys, California.  Supervisor: Raymond E. Anderson, Ph.D.  Provided individual and group therapy  for sex offenders and victims of sexual abuse. Also, psychological assessment. 15 hrs. a wk., 500 hrs.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Summer 1991              Counselor.  Department of Social Service, Reykjavik, Iceland, Provided psychotherapy and consultation for adolescents and their families. Full time. 480 hrs.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Summer 1988              Counselor. Department of Social Service, Reykjavik, Iceland.  Provided psychotherapy and consultation for adolescents and their families. 480 hrs.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Summer 1987              Director. The Icelandic National Church Summer Campus, Vestmannsvatn, S-Thingeyjarsysla, Iceland.Directed a staff of nine, taking care of 50 children, ages 6-13, and a new group every week. Also, ran a week program for blind and elderly people. 16 hrs. a day, 2 months.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































1986-1987                   Assistant Therapist. Treatment Center for Neurotic Children, Reykjavik Municipal Hospital. Provided therapy for children, ages 6-11, with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and other childhood disorders. Full time.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































1983-1986                   Psychiatric Aid. Department of Social Services in Reykjavik Municipal, Kopavogur Municipal, and Hafnarfjordur Municipal. Supervision of delinquent youth and parent training. Part time.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































1979-1986                   Assistant Therapist. State Treatment Center for Delinquent Adolescents, a residential home and a crisis center. Provided therapy and supervision of adolescents with various behavior problems, and family therapy, and crisis intervention. Full 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Birgisson, G. H. (2016). Fjölskyldusáttameðferð í deilum foreldra um börn. Í  Andri S. Björnsson, Guðfinna Eydal og Katrín Kristjánsdóttir (ritstj.), Af sál: Greinasafn handa Álfheiði Steinþórsdóttur sálfræðingi (bls. 171-200). Reykjavík: Háskólaútgáfan.  (Family mediation in parental conflict about children. In Andri S. Bjornsson, Gudfinna Eydal and Katrin Kristjansdóttir (eds.), Of Soul: Collection of Articles for Alfheidur Steinthorsdottir psychologist (p. 171-200) Reykjavik: University Press).
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































            Birgisson, G. H. (2016). Börn sem hafna samvist við foreldri sittvið foreldri sitt. Morgunblaðið 28. maí 2016.    
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































      Birgisson, G. H. (2010). Jákvæð sálfræði. Vefrit Sálfræðingafélags Íslands. (Positive psychology. The Icelandic Psychological Association's Web Journal).
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Birgisson, G. H. (2010). Sálfræðimeðferð í deiglunni. Vefrit Sálfræðingafélags Íslands. (Psychotherapy Debated.  The Icelandic Psychological Association's Web Journal).
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Birgisson, G. H. (2009). Foreldra firringar heilkenni (PAS) í forsjárdeilum: Blekking eða þekking? Tímarit lögfræðinga, 2, 165-195.  (Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) in custody and visitation litigation: Wisdom or deception? Icelandic Law Journal, 2, 165-195.) 
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Birgisson, G. H. (1998). Stand by yourself. Reykjavik: Upptok.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Birgisson, G. H., Greenfield, H., & Hart, J. (1997). Counseling Standard Operating Procedures. Keflavik: Naval Air Station, Family Service Center.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Birgisson, G. H. (1996). Differences of personality, defensiveness, and compliance between admitting and denying male sex offenders. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 11, 118-125.































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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