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Henry Ahlstrom, PhD

Henry Ahlstrom, PhD

he/him

Licensed in CA #14420
Insurances Accepted: Cigna/Evernorth, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of CA
Speaks swedish
In an era of distractions and pressure, I help my clients reclaim their inner center.

My Therapy Style

In an era of distractions and pressure, I help my clients reclaim their inner center. I have since 1995 actively refined how I see and work with people. I have learned to pick up on my clients’ struggles while also connecting with them. 

All these years I have vigorously sought out a wealth of trainings that resonate with how I see I can best help. I am a certified Focusing Trainer, certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, and certified in Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST). These modalities are my therapy base: They are efficient mindfulness of the body approaches that help me provide you with tools to bring out the wealth of knowledge that your mind-body holds. This allows for something new to develop from within you such that real and lasting change can occur. This supports a powerful release of tension from trauma and relational pain.  

I am also Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing trained, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational interviewing trained. I use these modalities to treat trauma as well as help you replace difficult thought patterns, emotion patterns, and behavior patterns with a growing inner sense of “I am ok. I can do this”.

Education & Training

PhD - Psychology, Maharishi International University

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

Early on in my life, I asked myself which profession would fit me where I best can help people who suffer in their lives. Being in the role of a psychologist made sense to me. Additionally, I knew already then of my great interest in studying human potential, so I was especially interested in what helps people improve their psychological health.

What are your interests outside of work?

I go backpacking and kayaking. I practice Transcendental Meditation. I practice QiGong. I am a member of two different weekly Men's groups where we support each other in exploring how we can be better people, enjoy life more, and be there for others. One of the groups has been ongoing since 1989. I joined the other group over 4 years ago. I enjoy spending time with my adult children.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

I practice something called the TM-Sidhi program twice daily for a bit more than an hour each time. This is an advanced form of Transcendental Meditation. Over the many decades of practicing this technique, it brought me inner peace, more energy, and clearer thinking, and I enjoy my life including the company of my friends more.

What book have you read more than once?

I read the book Real Happy Pill: Power Up Your Brain by Moving Your Body twice, once in English and once in Swedish. It's by the Swedish author Anders Hansen who shows how physical exercise improves our brain's functioning in all sorts of ways, including giving us peace of mind. My youngest brother in Sweden, who works out a lot, told me about the book, which inspired me to read it. There is so much information in that book that a couple of reads bring out so much of his idea about physical care for the sake of mental care.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

My favorite non-profit organization is the Global Transcendental Meditation organization. The message is simple yet so profound: "Water the root to enjoy the fruit": TM gives people a chance to "recharge" from within instead of relying on the many different behaviors and chemicals we otherwise are tempted to use. That's why I value what they do.

How do you recharge?

My main tool for recharging is my twice-daily practice of the TM-Sidhi program, the advanced version of Transcendental Meditation. But my twice weekly men's groups help me too, taking a walk with a friend, a hike, or kayaking when I have a moment for that.

Do you have any pets?

My son (who is in college and lives with me) and I have a cat. Her name is Callie. My favorite pet story: She is a calico cat and very social. Many nights she jumps up on my bed, climbs up on my chest, and lays down to rest just below my face. She feels very at ease with me and my son, which adds to the company in our home.