Andrea works as a psychologist
The best thing about working in a small community is the strong team spirit and the great opportunities to develop the activities together. This is how Andrea Wassenberg describes her job as a psychologist at the hospital in Torsby.
Andrea Wassenberg was born and raised in Germany, where she also became a psychologist. This was a profession that interested her already at an early age.
“People’s differences and stories have always fascinated me. I love my work and I get so much in return. The patient opens up their whole life to me and I get to be with them every step of the way.”
From urban Germany to rural Torsby
Andrea was living with her husband in a densely populated area near Düsseldorf and the Ruhr. Both had a dream of living somewhere else, preferably in Scandinavia, where they had spent many holidays over the years.
“My husband is a doctor and he came into contact with the hospital in Torsby at a recruitment fair in Hamburg. They were looking for surgeons, and that is how we ended up in Sweden. It’s a decision we never regretted. Now we live close to the forest and the lake, in a place that is very similar to the places we would visit on holiday.”
Once she had settled in Värmland, Andrea was offered a position at the same hospital as her husband, and thanks to private Swedish language tutoring and helpful colleagues, she was able to receive her first patients after only six months.
“As a psychologist, language is my most important tool and many times I wondered how I was going to manage. But I got great help here, both from my employer and from my colleagues.”
A strong team spirit and cooperation to develop activities
Working in a small community has many benefits. Andrea describes a strong team spirit and great opportunities to work together with her colleagues to develop their activities.
“We know each other well, we know who in the team works best with what issue, and that way we can find the best treatment options for each patient. Often times, small groups generate a lot of ideas, and the closeness to our manager allows us to more quickly test out new working methods. I work in a highly skilled team where there is a curiosity and a willingness to take on new challenges.”
Psychologist Andrea Wassenberg feels at home in Värmland’s beautiful countryside.
Great openness towards other cultures
Today, Andrea and her family live close to nature, in a place that is storybook beautiful. She describes how they have always felt welcomed, both by the local community and by Värmland County Council.
“Värmland County Council works actively to prevent a scarcity of resources within certain professions, and I feel there is a great openness towards other cultures. There is a great commitment to getting people from other countries to come and work in Sweden, which I think is amazing. New employees are always welcome!”
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