Espen Klausen, Ph.D.

I have started an initiative to better help pastors and other ministry leaders deal with the stress they face. This effort and topic is at the center of the Voice of Influence podcast episode released 10/08/2018. You may find this on iTunes, or on

I also seek to reach out more deliberately to church communities in general, and have added a “Churches” tab with further information and sample education and training topics.

Upcoming Events

Recent Events

Managing Interpersonal Stress


Below is an audio-recording of this event. Please be advised that there is some adult language and content.

Dr. Klausen will provide strategies and tips for managing interpersonal stress as well as dealing with difficult people. The emphases will be on strategies for minimizing the stress before it is even triggered and on ways of communication that increases the chances that your needs will be met.

Washington County NAMI Mental Health Month 

May is Mental Health Month.  Dr. Klausen will speak for NAMI of Washington County 7:00pm-8:30pm May 7th. 

At UW-Washington County (Room 201).  Free and open to the public.

Click here for the flyer

Improving and Safe-Guarding Relationships: Principles From the Bible and the Science of Oxytocin

A huge thank you to a great crowd with great questions. In case you want to review something you heard or someone else wants to hear it, here is a recording of the talk:

This message is for everyone.  Whether you have been married for 20 years, are single, or a teen entering the dating world, God created us as relational beings who need healthy attachments in our lives.   How we approach relationships affects chemicals in our brain, specifically oxytocin, which, in turn, shapes future and existing attachments. It also has consequences for stress levels, pain, and overall well-being.  Approached with Biblical discernment, oxytocin can be used to enrich both new and longtime relationships.  Teens are welcome to this talk, but please be mindful that sex and the destructive nature of “hookups” will be discussed.

Much content will be similar to what was covered in a similar talk February 2nd at No Regrets Men’s Conference, but while that talk was focusing on a male audience, the March 2nd talk will focus on a female audience, although either gender may attend. A recording of the February 2nd talks are available below under No Regrets.

March 2nd, 9:00am at Community Church, N6717 Streblow Drive, Fond du Lac

This talk is provided as a part of Community Church Women’s Ministry

Mental Health and Sleep

The following is an audio-recording of the talk:

Dr. Klausen provided a brief presentation on the interaction of sleep and mental health. This presentation also contained some principles on how to get good restful sleep.


Held at the Blue Goose Cafe during NAMI’s annual meeting February 20th at 5:00pm.

Talk sponsored by NAMI and Fond du Lac County’s Department of Community Programs


No Regrets Men’s Conference

Dr. Klausen provided two break-out sessions at 2019’s No Regrets Men’s Conference February 2nd. 

Oxytocin – Our God-Given Love Potion
God equipped our brains with the ability to create this powerful love drug. Dr. Klausen will share about how the science of Oxytocin is confirming Biblical/conservative views regarding relationships, sex, and pornography. Dr. Klausen will teach how to apply this knowledge to improving relationships, reducing stress, lowering physical pain, and enhancing orgasms.
The following is a recording of the talk:
Spiritual Temperaments
This session is based on Gary Thomas’ Sacred Pathways. Dr. Klausen will help you take a step back from “Churchianity” and your own religious traditions. You will learn about nine biblical ways people connect with God and will explore which ones best fit you. Dr. Klausen will discuss how to use this understanding to remove some of the barriers (e.g., religiousness) that we tend to put in place between us and the transformational Holy Spirit.
The following is a recording of the talk:

For more information about the No Regrets Conferences, including recordings of other break-out sessions, please visit:

Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Personality Disorders

November 17th, 2018, 10:00am-12:00noon at Community Church, Fond du Lac

Dr. Klausen will help attenders better understand these persistent and greatly misunderstood mental health difficulties and how they do and do not affect the individual’s functioning. The seminar will include discussions on relationship implications and treatment considerations. The talk will be applicable to those who themselves deal with these difficulties, those who know someone with them, as well as anyone who simply want to understand these issues better. 

There will be a wedding-shower going on at the same time as the mental health talk, so please park in the back parking lot and enter in through the back door to minimize the interruption of the shower.

Community Church, N6717 Streblow Drive, Fond Du Lac, WI 54937


When Stress and Anxiety Attack

The Parish Nursing Ministry at Fond du Lac Community Church invites you to this free public talk on stress and anxiety.  This talk will help you understand the nature of anxiety and stress and why they are experiences we all have in common. Espen Klausen, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Elder at Community Church, will also provide you with tools and strategies to help you and your loved ones manage and confront stress and anxiety. 

Saturday May 19th, 2018, 9:00-11:30am at Community Church, N6717 Streblow Drive, Fond Du Lac, WI 54937


Washington County NAMI Mental Health Month Kick-Off

A big thank you to all 120 of you in the fantastic crowd that showed up for this event. Great participation, awesome questions, and a good mood! We learn best when we can laugh while doing it. Also, a big thank you to NAMI for hosting it.

May is Mental Health Month.  Dr. Klausen will kick it off for NAMI of Washington County at 7:00pm May 1st with a talk on depression.

UW-Washington County . Room 201 (please note that this is a room-change from the one announced in the flyer). Free and open to the public.

Join us as Dr. Espen Klausen, a licensed clinical psychologist, will help you understand why we all get down, including why so many young people are depressed and how meaning, not happiness, is the opposite of depression. He will explain how our thoughts work, and how this can contribute to a negative state. More importantly, he will talk about the keys to helping yourself and others pursue a life freed from the hold of depression.

Flyer: May1DepressionTalk


Understanding Psychological Assessments

Presented by  Espen Klausen, Ph.D.

FEBRUARY 15, 2018, 2:00-3:30pm

Provided for the Department of Social Services (“Hot Topic”), but open to the public.

Participants will:

  • Understand the different forms of Psychological assessments and their uses.
  • Understand how a court ordered evaluation differs from other evaluations.
  • Understand how to make a good referral for assessment.
  • Understand common ways of reporting assessment data, including reading percentiles and using a normal curve to look at T-scores, standard scores and scaled scores.
  • Understand how to interpret the results of an evaluation.

Agnesian HealthCare Plaza Level Conference Center

430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac, WI

(The conference center is adjacent to the St. Agnes cafeteria, The Creekside Café.)

Namas Day at Sabish, December 1st

As a part of Sabish Middle School’s Namas Day, Dr. Klausen ran 4 30-minute sessions for students teaching assertiveness-skills, including how to express one’s own needs when upset. Thank you to all the fantastic students that participated!


Dr. Klausen will teach a seminar on helping you learn strategies for coping with, and retraining, attention difficulties. This seminar is open to the public and of use whether it is for yourself or someone in your care.

Saturday, November 11th from 10:00am-12:00pm, at Community Church, N6717 Streblow Drive, Fond Du Lac, WI 54937. 

Dr. Klausen is an Elder at Community Church. He provides this seminar through Community’s Nursing Ministry and will open the session with prayer.



Free and open to the public.

Dr. Klausen will provide a training for seminar center volunteers and interested members of the public regarding working with people with depression. For more information, please call the senior center at (920) 322-3630.

Dr. Klausen will explain how depression affects our mind and body and why occasionally feeling down is normal. Basics regarding grief, hopelessness, sense of loss of purpose, dysthymia, and clinical depression will all be discussed. Various mental and physical states often confused with a depressive state will also be covered. Cornerstones in managing or getting out of depressive states will be provided.

Using Core Values to Understand People, Communicate Better, and Increase Motivation

Espen Klausen, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, trained participants in how to recognize own and others’ core values. He  showed how you can use this understanding to work through conflict and improve the motivation in yourself, co-workers, and customers. 12:00-1:00pm, July 25th at Hampton Inn. This event was hosted by Fond du Lac Area Chamber of Commerce/Young Professionals of Fond du Lac (YPF). Check out to lear more about the organization.

Espen Klausen, Ph.D.

A licensed psychologist and public speaker based in Fond du Lac, serving Central/Eastern Wisconsin

Espen Klausen, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with Fond du Lac County’s Department of Community Programs. His work includes outpatient therapy with couples, families, and individuals of all ages.  He is also the lead psychologist for Fond du Lac’s Youth Fire Intervention Program as well as the PACE (Providing an Alternative to Corrections through Education) program housed at juvenile detention. Dr. Klausen conducts psychological assessments and runs therapy groups at County’s adult inpatient unit, and also conducts comprehensive psychological assessments as ordered by the Fond du Lac Court System.  Dr. Klausen consults for the Department of Social Services and provides periodic trainings for them for target groups (e.g., foster-parents) or staff.

Dr. Klausen consults on a volunteer basis on the training committee for St. Agnes Behavioral Health’s pre-doctoral psychology internship program. Congratulations to the training program for just having achieved full APA accredidation and expanding to add a third intern position!

Dr. Klausen is an elder at Fond du Lac Community Church and runs a public mental health seminar with the church’s Nursing Ministries each spring and each fall.

Dr. Klausen also does talks in Fond du Lac and surrounding areas for various organizations and companies on a variety of topics relating to motivation, communication. stress management, and mental health.

Dr. Klausen grew up in Norway and attended college at Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota. He graduated with his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – one of the few remaining psychology programs emphasizing full training in becoming both a clinician and a scientist. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Mendota Mental Health Institute, Wisconsin’s premiere state psychiatric hospital.

Podcast Appearances

You can also learn more about me by checking out Andrea Wenburg’s podcast series where I have made three appearances. I was her inaugural guest, as well as the guest to kick off 2018. In addition, I am the guest on the podcast released 10/08/2018 (episode 68).

If you can’t access iTunes, you can also go to

Andrea Wenburg is on a mission to help people find their voice. She has chosen me to be the interview object to launch the series with. Mrs. Wenburg is the author of Unfrozen: Stop Holding Back and Release The Real You. In this personable and easy to read account, she shares her own journey to find her voice. Mrs. Wenburg is also a public speaker and personal consultant.


“Thank you so much for your wonderful presentation last evening.  There has been a lot of very positive feedback. We appreciate the generosity of your time (travel, answering questions, etc.) and the positivity of your presentation.  I certainly would highly recommend you to others who are looking for a good, informative, entertaining, and thought-provoking speaker. I hope I will get the opportunity to hear you again in the future.”

“We have gotten many comments about how useful and applicable the information and skills are in a variety of contexts.”

“Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is exactly what we needed! You hit on EVERYTHING we had questions about,”

“BRAVO feedback on the interpersonal stress talk for NAMI!”

“Everybody needs to hear this!” – pastor commenting to his neighbor during one of my anxiety talks for Community Church

“Exactly what we needed” – pastor’s summary of the participants’ responses at the forgiveness and understanding anger sessions at the 2016 No Regrets conference

“Premium speaker” – Great Marriages of Sheboygan County

“I came because my son, who was dragged to your other talk, said you were great and I should not miss this!”

“Witty, informative, would attend further lectures.”

“Please have more lectures from Dr. Klausen!”

“Wow, lots of lightbulb moments! Thank you!”

“Great job today! Everyone at my table found your talk very helpful!”

“Thank you for choosing Fond du Lac!”