Anna-Karin Bjorklund, AMFT
Anna-Karin Bjorklund is a primary therapist at Lido Wellness Center. As a long-term specialist in dreams, she specializes in dream therapy, higher awareness, love and compassion, meditation, and transformational soul growth.
Anna-Karin has worked professionally with dreams for many years. Her experience includes working as Board Chair for the International Association for the Study of Dreams, a dream specialist with Miraval Spa, a dream teacher, a seminar leader, and a dream expert in the media. She is also a published author of three books on dreams and soul growth.
As a graduate of the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, and Argosy University in Orange, California, Anna-Karin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Tourism Management and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. During her graduate program in counseling and psychology, she was able to focus her studies in the area of Jungian psychology, which further helped deepen her interest in dreams and depth psychology.
She holds a registration as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) and is also a registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 200, RYT-500, YACEP, and a certified Reiki Master Teacher.
She recently completed her certification as a Trauma-Sensitive HeartMath® Certified Practitioner and holds a lay master’s degree in Parapsychic Science from American Institute of Holistic Theology.
She is extensively trained in dream work, meditation, and mindfulness. In 2007 she traveled to Southern India to deepen her meditation practice and inner spiritual connection where she spent a month in a small ashram, living in silence and meditating every day from morning to night.
Previously, Anna-Karin has worked in all levels of care including Residential, PHP, and IOP focusing on the treatment of substance use disorders and primary mental health.
Anna-Karin is past Board Chair of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD), a non-profit, international, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the pure and applied investigation of dreams and dreaming. She is also a past Manager for the IASD Online Course Center.
Anna-Karin was a long-term specialist with Miraval Life in Balance Spa at Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, where she offered private dream sessions and crystal reiki chakra balancing sessions. Earlier in her career, she was an international aviation executive for many years, and also an aviation journalist.
As a dream specialist she has appeared on national TV shows including Steve Harvey (NBC), Fox & Friends (Fox), and Face the Truth (CBS), and been featured on goop.com, mindbodygreen, and in magazines such as Orange Coast, Marie Claire, Money, and Yours.
Anna-Karin is passionate about soul growth and loves helping people remember their inner connection. In her work as Primary Therapist, she gently helps guide clients as they identify unconscious patterns, underlying anxieties, and limiting beliefs, and lovingly holds the space as clients begin to expand their consciousness and embark on a journey of soul growth, inner healing, and transformation.
Originally from Sweden, Anna-Karin has also lived in Australia and the UK. She has lived in Southern California for almost 20 years. She is the author of Dream and Believe: The Celestial Art of Creating in Soul Alignment, The Dream Alchemist: A Woman’s Search for Love, Bliss, and Freedom across India, Time, and Dreams, and Dream Guidance: Interpret Your Dreams and Create the Life You Desire.
Anna-Karin loves guiding patients on their own luminous paths of awakening and cherishes the connection with patients at Lido Wellness Center. She is grateful to be able to help inspire people to remember their own inner connection through her holistic therapy sessions and groups.
Anna-Karin loves holding space for clients as they begin to experience their inner soul alignment, live with an open heart, build loving connections, and blossom into their authentic selves.
With an extensive background in holistic healing and a deep interest in bringing unconscious patterns to the light, Anna-Karin felt inspired by Lido Wellness Center’s unique mind/body/spirit holistic model customized for each patient. Her love for helping people live an inspired and authentic life shines through in all her work.
In her own time, Anna-Karin incorporates wellness and self-care through taking serene walks along the ocean, nourishing her body with good nutrition, honoring her sleep, and listening to her dreams. She also practices daily meditation and gentle yoga. She cherishes her inner spiritual connection and loves writing in the early hours of the day. She loves spending quality time with her daughter and is often found playing with the family French bulldog, Coco.