17 Jun 2024
Lysanne Sizoo, journalist, author and psychotherapist UKCP reg.
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Lysanne Sizoo, journalist, author and psychotherapist UKCP reg.

Lysanne Sizoo has been working as an international counsellor and coach for the past twenty years. In 2009, she founded the first and only international counselling centre in Stockholm which she sold in 2013 to spend more time on her writing projects. She divides her time between coaching and writing. She regularly holds workshops in Stockholm, Amsterdam and Zurich. She specialises in the field of cross cultural issues, as well as fertility, bereavement, parenting, anxiety and stress management.

Lysanne Sizoo

She recently embarked on a new writing venture entitled Healthy Neurotics, where she published articles, poetry and songs about being human.

Visit her wonderful site www.mental-health.se to find out more.

Lysanne Sizoo was born and raised in the Netherlands and following her graduation as a TV journalist in 1986 she was recruited by Europa TV, Superchannel and Scansat Broadcasting respectively. During that time in London she met her Swedish husband, started a family and began a new career, first as a counsellor, and upon further training, as a psychotherapist. In 1997 she moved to Sweden, her husband’s homeland, and wrote her first book Small Sparks of Life about their rocky road to parenthood. In 2009 she founded the Turning Point Counselling Center offering personal development, coaching, counselling and psychotherapy services to the international and local community of Stockholm. The centre offers individual, couples and group counselling.

In her articles for Your Living City and other publications, Lysanne draws on her wide experience of her own life journey as well as counselling people through tricky patches in theirs. It is important to note that the content of the articles is always based on commonalities. While we hope you may recognise yourself in her examples of international life, they will always be extrapolated from her many years of both personal and professional experience relating to the ‘human condition’ rather than on the specifics of one particular case.

These articles are a composite of my personal, my colleagues’ and
clients’ experiences in order to protect recognition. All therapeutic
meetings are Turning Point are confidential, and specific content would
never be shared in a public forum.

If you have a specific topic or issue you would like Lysanne to consider in her articles, then please use this contact form to let us know your thoughts. Your privacy will be respected and your confidentiality maintained:


  • Dr. Don Grossnicke 18 Nov 2017

    Love what you have written about Homesickness. I am researching and writing a memoir-biography about my Granmother Maja’s Swedish Immigrant life. She came to Chicago in 1922 for a holiday adventure, found romance, married and 3 kids later had the American Dream going, all while suffering from acute and chronic homesickness for Solelftea Sweden. Tragedy comes as her husband dies suddenly leaving her with the kids, homesickness and the Great Depression to deal with. She returns to Sweden for a year and finds a conflict wherever she chooses to settle and look for “home”. Maja calls upon her heritage and roots tradition of entreprenurial spirit, converts her home to a boarding house and taps her Swedish training as a nurse to survive working nights. All alone in a strange land and overwhelmed with the burden she fights for the sake of the kids. The stress and strain take a toll for about 10 years she manages and then has a breakdown. Spent and unable to go on she is admitted to a state hospital for a year while her kids are farmed out. Shock treatments and cruel hot cold baths and such drive her into wellness sufficient to be discharged. She goes back to try and meet the challenges and relapses in 1949 and drinks poison in a cemetery. She is found there unconscious, but somehow survives and recovers with a brief hospital care. From 1949-1969 she thrives as my next door neighbor-grandmother for five years until I move to another part of the city. We develop a marvelously close relationship where she teaches me and tells stories of the old country and reveals her soul. Perhaps we can connect as your homesickness article resonates and clarifies. Thanks.

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