Contact Axel at: [email protected]
With a college degree in arts, Axel has a wide background in human development and creative industries, including graphic design, TV, and motion pictures.
In his early twenties shortly after graduation, he set up his first company, Mannraektin (Human Potential) in his native Iceland, offering a variety of human devopment courses, primarily focusing on workshops and products developed by himself for treating food addiction, inspired by the internationally successful 12-step programme of Overeaters Anonymous.
After a few years spent in film, TV and graphic design, Axel’s next significant project was to co-found the publishing company Voxtur (Growth) for publishing human potential books. The first task of the new company was to translate and publish the international best-seller “Men are from Mars,Women are from Venus” by the American relationship expert Dr John Gray PhD. This book broke new ground in Icelandic book-publishing history by being the first self-help book to compete in the Icelandic general best-seller list. It went straight to number one on the overall national best-seller list in Iceland 1995. The next success was translating and publish the tiny life-transforming book “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by the internationally renowned spiritual guide Deepak Chopra. This was also a significant success, achieving number four on the overall best-seller list in 1996.
This is when Axel left Iceland to study humanistic psychotherapy at Spectrum in London, where he completed the Spectrum Counselling Course and graduated from the One Year Course in Psychotherapy. After completing three years of intensive psychotherapy training, Axel remained a member of the Spectrum Post-Graduate training, as well as being a member of an on-going Men’s Group and a couples’ Group at Spectrum, until late 2008 when he moved to Cape Town, SA.
In 2002, while training at Spectrum, Axel also qualified as a Davis dyslexia facilitator. He founded Gifted Dyslexic (GD) in 2004 after successfully introducing the Davis methods in his native Iceland; where the Davis methods are now the leading approach in dealing with learning difficulties and Davis Learning Strategies have been widely introduced into primary schools. GD is now beginning to grow into the same structure as Axel set up in Iceland, a centre and a nationwide booking agency for Davis programmes.
In December 2008 he began the process of emigration to Kommetjie, a small village on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. He is passionate about promoting the Davis methods on a national level in South Africa, and has begun training as a Davis Autism Facilitator/Coach. Axel is also currently engaged in developing a new approach to teaching numeracy and fundamental maths, based on the Davis approach.
Along with Richard Whitehead, Axel was a part of the first “Gift of Dyslexia” workshop in South Africa, held in Limpopo in June 2009, this was very well received.
Axel’s South African address:
3 Gannet Close
Tel. +27 (0) 21 783 2722
Languages spoken: English, Icelandic, Danish
Willing to travel to deliver Programme: Yes
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- Axel Gudmundsson