Who we are



Katri Kanninen

I just love to follow how people find their own ways to be clinicians! I really like both teaching and supervising. I have worked with professionals from different sectors: social work, family work, kindergarten, psychologists and psychotherapists. Now I work half time as a clinical lecturer at the department of psychology teaching psychotherapeutic skills. I did my PhD in 2005 and the researcher in me is still very much alive beside my clinician self.

We met with Liisa when we studied our 7-year long journey to become psychotherapy trainers. First we became psychotherapists, and later continued into becoming trainers. By now we have behind us two 4-year long psychotherapy trainings. Finally it just felt that all we had learned during the years and in our enthusiastic discussions needed to be written into a joint book.


I like learning new things and being able to be in the beginner mode. Last year I started horseriding and rollerskating. This year gymnastics. Believe me, this gives great opportunities for not knowing and not being able! Lots of my time goes to my family, kids and their hobbies. A great way to relax!


I work in Finnish, English and in Swedish.


Liisa Uusitalo-Arola

I am originally a work and organizational psychologist, but after many developments ended up becoming a psychotherapist and psychotherapist trainer. As a work psychologist I always approach client work from the worker’s perspective making sure work stays inspiring and of healthy proportions. I love to integrate things, say things simply and make theory alive.

For the past 13 years I have worked in private practice working with therapy, as work psychologist and as a trainer.

A craftmanship is always present in whatever I do, whether it is writing or binding a book! This year I am actually going to do a degree on bookbinding. I have a great need for quiet doing and reflection. Bookbinding matches my desire for this.  My need for reflection in turn shows in my liking of blogs, both writing and reading them.


I work in Finnish and English. I also do therapies in Swedish.