What is Laavu's Psychological Coaching about?

In a nutshell

Our membership is designed to enhance the psychological performance of managers and business leaders.
of Laavu's members say coaching has improved their wellbeing
Says coaching has improved
their self-knowledge
Says coaching has lowered
their stress levels
Says coaching has improved
their ability to think

Why Laavu?

Coaching sessions

Individual and team coaching - f2f or remotely. Our coaching is science-based, tailored to your specific needs, and guaranteed to give you concrete tools for self-development. No petting and pitying but clear actions and results.

Digital platform

You'll get an access to an online platform, where you may set goals, take notes and track development. Everything in a same place - information security guaranteed.

Exact data

In data we trust. By measuring your psychological performance we are able to truly understand your situation – but also make sure we make progress together. 

Continuous support

We provide you with continuous support from a licensed work psychologist, who is dedicated to improving your and your organization's psychological performance.

Business and psychology hand in hand

Our method bridges the gap between psychotherapy and business coaching.
Work Related
Personal Development
& Emotional Stability
Business coaching
Leadership Development
& Culture Building
Low Performance
High Performance

Hear directly from our members

“When I leave the coaching meetings, I feel good and relieved. The best thing is that I get to vent openly, and someone is there to listen to what I have to say! Coaching is a bit like a hobby for me. In the same way that I take care of my physical well-being, at Laavu I have a professional taking care of the mental side. It's great to regularly structure and spar your thoughts with a professional who truly understands the context I'm living in. Laavu's approach is really fresh and effective. I have recommended their coaching to many friends!"

Juhana Rintala

Juhana Rintala

Co-Founder & CEO, Ruokaboksi

Laavu's Psychological Coaching has provided me with tools to address matters that I encounter when running a business and working with people. Through these coaching sessions, I am able to allocate dedicated time to work on solutions to the challenges and pressures related to building a company. When it comes to the collaboration between me and my coach, I truly appreciate the seamless and direct communication. I am particularly impressed by my coach's ability to ask the right questions and guide the conversation to productive directions. They do a great job in connecting the dots. For instance, they often inquire if a current problem could be related to our previous discussions, further enhancing the efficiency of the coaching process.

Johanna Rantanen

Johanna Rantanen

Managing Director, Dottir

"From the start, I have seen coaching as a long-term project of continuous development. It has given me tools to analyse and unravel challenging issues and practical insights that help me improve my work and my resilience. Whenever something is preoccupying my mind, my coach helps me delve deeper into the causes of the problem and find ways to solve and prevent it in the future. Sometimes I wonder how to find time for coaching in the middle of a busy week, but after each coaching session, I’m happy that I decided to take the time for it."

Henri Lindgren

Henri Lindgren

CEO, Lightneer

What drew me to Laavu's Psychological Coaching is the fact I'm familiar with the context as a startup founder, like many other of your clients. Right from the very first session, my relationship with my coach has been effortless, and the atmosphere in our coaching sessions is warm and accepting. I find it comfortable to share things I, in my everyday life, couldn't share with anyone. During my time with Laavu, I've learnt self-acceptance, -reflection, stress management skills, and how to distance myself. As a result, I'm now less stressed and more balanced. The impact of Laavu's coaching extends beyond just my personal growth; it has a positive impact on my company, too..

Aleksi Löytynoja

Aleksi Löytynoja

Co-Founder & CEO, Kleoverse

"I’ve been really satisfied with Laavu’s coaching and I feel I have developed as a person because of it. Talking to someone about things that you don’t usually consider, already brings the added value. My coach knows how to ask the right questions, and encourages me to come up with solutions myself. The topics of the meetings may vary a lot, but I always have more energy after the discussion than before. In addition, I always have a concrete idea or action in mind that I can work on next."

Jaakko Harlas

Jaakko Harlas

Developer Relations Lead, Supercell

"Laavu facilitated a valuable workshop for our team on collaboration and working methods. We focused on many concrete tools and methods for topics such as communication and how to share feedback. Working with Laavu took us toward a better working team. We were happy with Laavu’s service for several reasons. First, they were efficient in their actions and provided us with a well-thought-out proposal. The digital tools used in the workshop provided a great way to engage our whole team. In addition, we were impressed with Laavu’s professionalism and expertise that combines psychology and business. Throughout the collaboration, we felt we were in capable hands. The whole experience reflected that Laavu is an ambitious and growth-minded company."

Elina Kajosaari

Elina Kajosaari

Chief Commercial Officer, Sulapac

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Frequently asked questions

What's the language spoken in the coaching sessions?

It depends on you – the sessions can be in Finnish, Swedish or English. Same thing with the supporting materials: the language is chose by the client.

Why Laavu?

Let's be honest. There are plenty of life coaches, business coaches, and any kind of angel therapists, all of whom undoubtedly have good intentions to support your well-being. However, Laavu's Psychological Coaching is given by certified psychologists and backed by science – and we know the shit our clients struggle with. We have given more than 3000 hours of coaching, and our overall client satisfaction rate is 4.68/5. That says quite a lot.

What is Psychological Coaching about?

FAQ: What is Psychological Coaching about? Basically, Psychological Coaching bridges the gap between psychotherapy and business coaching. Like in psychotherapy, the Laavu method is scientific, and all our coaches are certified psychologists. However, the topics addressed in coaching can be business-related, and the sessions always goal-oriented. Psychological Coaching is a preventive service that aims to improve your psychological performance and well-being. In Laavu's coaching, you dig deeper into the root causes of the issues instead of staying on the surface level.

What are the themes and topics addressed in Laavu's Coaching?

The topics in Laavu's coaching may be work-related (such as leadership challenges, time management issues, giving feedback, etc.) or more personal, like self-criticism and -demandingness. One can address these themes either in individual coaching or team coaching. Team coaching can also help you, for example, improve communication, increase psychological safety, and address interpersonal conflicts in your team/organisation. Our psychologists are to help you identify the most relevant topics when necessary. There are also clients that don't have a specific theme in mind. This is very much okay. In this case, the topics are often related to personal growth. Finally, for some clients, Laavu provides the time and space just to sit down and reflect on their day-to-day life and thoughts – to make space for new insights. Even if the themes may vary, the purpose remains: Laavu's Psychological Coaching aims to improve an individual's/team's psychological performance.

What is Laavu Method?

Our individual coaching is based on three psychological frameworks: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Coaching and Person-Centered Therapy. All of these are well-known frameworks supported by research. In short, our method focuses on thoughts, emotions and beliefs-systems (CBT). At the same time, we want to maintain practicality and seek solutions (Solution-Focused). The bedrock for all change is the relationship between the client and the coach (Person-Centered). As for our team coaching, we also utilise the principles of Nonviolent Communication and the theory of the Five Dysfunctions of a Team. If you are interested in learning more about our coaching style, feel free to contact our Head Coach, Lasse Karjalainen

Do you organise team workshops?

Our team sessions are not your typical workshops but something more – team coaching. We believe that for the team sessions to have an impact, they should not be based on transferring information that anyone can find online. Instead, the true impact comes with self-reflection, deep-diving discussions, and practising together. That’s what our team coaching sessions are all about.

What are Laavu Paths?

Laavu paths were created to ensure that our clients reach their desired outcomes as efficiently as possible. After delivering over 1000 hours of coaching for leaders, executives, and specialists operating in high-pressure environments, we noticed some topics recurred in the discussions. Based on this, we created six (6) paths structured to tackle our clients' most common challenges. Laavu paths are Less Stress, Deal with perfectionism, Know Yourself, Transitioning to a new role and Emotional Rollercoaster.

What solutions do you offer for businesses?

We offer individual and team coaching for businesses. When it comes to team coaching, we have tailored packages for co-founders, executive teams and bigger teams.

How Psychological Coaching differs from Business Coaching?

The most significant difference between Psychological Coaching and business coaching is that Psychological Coaching is always given by a certified psychologist. Whereas business coaching targets the issues on a practical surface level, psychological coaching digs into the deeper root causes of the issues, connecting them to your mental models, beliefs, etc. All of our coaches are experts in work and organisational psychology. Before starting as a coach, they undergo extensive onboarding and acquire a Laavu certificate. Furthermore, Laavu method is based on science and recent research. What you'll get is science-based, tailored coaching to improve your psychological performance.

Are the coaching expenses tax-deductible?

Laavu's coaching is a service that supports the company's business activities and is therefore deductible as a company expense. As usual, you can also deduct the VAT on the service.

What are the terms of service like?

Laavu's coaching is membership-based and billed monthly. The agreement is valid until further notice, so you can terminate your membership when you no longer find the service helpful. The notice period is one calendar month. If you ever need to cancel your individual coaching session, it can be saved for later, and you can use it when it's more convenient for you.

What does my membership include?

As a Laavu member, you get regular sessions with your dedicated Performance Psychologist, access to Laavu's digital platform, and ongoing support from your coach between the sessions. In addition, you get access to Laavu's library and community events, such as Laavu Fireside Gatherings.

Can coaching sessions be held remotely?

We recommend holding the sessions face-to-face: the level of trust and connection required for effective coaching is easier to achieve in person. Based on our experience, at least the first session should be held in person. After that, coaching can be held remotely if needed.

What does coaching require from me?

The effectiveness of Psychological Coaching depends not only on the coach but also on your contribution. If you want to get the most out of your sessions, keep open-minded and curious – while accepting that the complexities of the mind are not solvable with a simple, quick-fix. Following the Laavu method, your coach will be there to guide and support you but does not provide any ready-made solutions. You are the best expert in developing your "mental muscles". Sometimes exploring thoughts and feelings can feel heavy and laborious. A good coaching session can be similar to a good workout: despite feeling hard during the session, it will always bring more energy than it takes.

How Psychological Coaching differs from psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a form of treatment developed to ease or eliminate mental suffering. Psychological coaching, in turn, is a self-development service where the focus is on psychological performance and prevention of mental health problems. The objective of psychological coaching is to help individuals with good or moderate mental health in solving their everyday problems and achieving their goals.

What happens in Laavu's Psychological Coaching?

At the beginning of each coaching session, your coach helps you define a theme, goal, or question you'll cover during that specific session. Then they will help you dive into this theme with insightful questions, summaries, exercises, etc., and challenge your existing maladaptive behaviours, thoughts and beliefs. Your job here is to stop and reflect on the topic – while maintaining an open mind. Your coach is there to support you in finding clarity, new perspectives, and solutions. Before wrapping up the meeting, you and your coach summarise the benefits gained from the discussion and consider ways you can work with the issue in question before the next session.

Is Psychological Coaching for leaders only?

We aim to enable businesses to succeed by building their leaders' and other key players' psychological performance. Laavu's specialty is to coach the founders, leaders, and management teams of fast-growing companies. However, it doesn't mean your title would matter – anyone can benefit from Psychological Coaching.