Our psychologists

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Merja LehtomaaAnna Savolainen, Tiina Ekman and Hannamaija Rauhala work as psychologists at Konstituutti. In addition, we have a soon-to-be psychologist Susanna Säilynkangas in our team. 

Merja has gained extensive knowledge of different aspects of working life and has special expertise in management, work supervision and improving the performance work communities that are going through changes. She enjoys working towards resolving different conflict situations in work communities. Merja is a specialist psychologist, a qualified occupational health psychologist and a community work supervisor. She is also qualified in pedagogy and a certified board member. As the chief executive officer of Konstituutti, Merja accounts for the quality and positivity of our services. Merja has been described as “humorous, persistent, easy-going and even argumentative when necessary, but never petty”.

Anna shows compassionate understanding of human growth and development. She enjoys considering things from various perspectives. She is curious about different areas of life and as such, she enjoys having a versatile job description. She works in occupational health care and as a work supervisor. She also develops new services for individual clients and organisations. Anna works along with our specialist-level family therapist on designing and providing relationship services in which she is able to utilise her perceptiveness and courage to enhance the well-being of clients. In addition to Finnish, Anna speaks fluent English. 

Tiina is our ally based in Espoo – her experience as a psychologist, instructor and work community developer is lengthy and colourful (www.psykologit.fi). She is also a psychotherapist and has written a book on impostor syndrome. Tiina works primarily via Teams, but comes to Kokkola once a month to meet clients face-to-face.

Hannamaija has extensive experience working as a psychologist. She is also qualified in psychotherapy, TRE-therapy and clinical hypnotherapy. As a psychologist she takes an interest in the development and improvement of different social interactions and problem-solving skills of individuals. Hannamaija especially enjoys working with and training groups. She appreciates helping people realise the possibilities of changing themselves for the better. Her personality is direct and kind. 

Susanna is our youngest member. She graduated with a MSc degree in Psychology in the Netherlands. She is not yet a licensed psychologist, so while she is pursuing her permit, she works as our assistant and helps us with various tasks. She has also taken an active role as an instructor in our occupational well-being services. Susanna is bilingual in Finnish and English and her particular strength is her sense of humour – and her beautiful smile.