Badass Counseling®

Manhattan, NYC & Stamford, CT

Unleashing Excellence


"Sven accomplished more with you in 5 weeks than I accomplished in 8 YEARS!"  -- The former psychologist of a client of Badass Counseling (NYC, Greenwich/Stamford, CT)


The most cost-effective, time-efficient and LIFE-CHANGING counseling you have ever experienced! It's intense & moves fast! This is NOT psychology; it's SPIRITUAL COUNSELING*, which means it goes categorically deeper and moves at a much higher velocity than any counseling you've experienced before. it's about finding your TRUE VOICE, deep within, the voice of the gods murmuring deep within your soul your highest truth and MOST POWERFUL SELF!


"I'm the guy who finally brings you to true happiness, lasting peace, and finally, finally, finally a sense of real clarity about life and who you really are. That's it. That's what I do. I tap into and find the real you, and help you have the courage to become who you really are, deep down. And I happen to really kick ass at what I do!" ---- Sven


- Rate: $250/hour. Insurance not accepted. Sliding scale down to $120/hour for those struggling financially and war veterans.


 Many clients only need a few sessions! Thus, you will actually save money by working with me! You pay far, FAR less with Badass Counseling. You will pay far more by continuing to work with therapists who get little progress because they sit back, nod, let you keep talking and talking, and never really dive into your life. I will change your life and do so quickly.

This is the best investment you will ever make! 


- Specializing in people who have tried other therapies and counselors and had little or no success! Badass Counseling was designed over two decades for individuals who yearn to go to the next level in life, couples with the hardest problems, successful and high-functioning women, and men who hate therapy! ( well as unmotivated/depressed teens//20s)  Faster results, lasting impact, deeper peace, greater happiness, and SAVES MONEY!


*** Sven Erlandson, M.Div., is a 5-time published author; former military and NCAA Head Coach for Strength and Conditioning; clergy. As copyright dates confirm, he was the 1st author ever to name and define the 'spiritual but not religious' phenomenon, as cited on Wikipedia (link), and

Sven Erlandson is the de facto father of the "Spiritual  But Not Religious" movement.



- All clients must submit a full autobiography before the first session, so that we can hit the ground running and not spend 10 sessions just getting to know each other before I can help you, as most therapists do.

Saves time, saves money!

- All sessions are a full 60 minutes, not 50 or 45, as with most counselors.

- Save time! Save money! BOOK NOW! Offices in Manhattan, New York City (Midtown) and Stamford, CT. Also serving parts of New Jersey. Skype and phone clients in South Africa, Great Britain, China, etc.

***Go to Contact page or call: 203.536.2426***


- Day-long and weekend-long intensive sessions are available but must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Otherwise, a 4-6 hour first session is strongly, strongly recommended; though it is only mandatory that the first session be at least three hours, because nothing gets accomplished in one hour. Most success and progress happens in that 4th, 5th, and 6th hour! But most people never experience that because they've never had this type of counseling. By front-loading counseling, months and years of counseling are ELIMINATED!...and that means YOU SAVE MONEY!.......unlike most counselors who let you talk on and on for months and years, with little direction, all while draining your wallet. Badass Counseling is faster, deeper, more powerful and, in the long run, far less expensive than most other therapies, clergy, counselors, and coaches.


*Licensure is NOT required in most states, including Connecticut, for types of SPIRITUAL COUNSELING/COACHING. Sven Erlandson, MDiv, is not a licensed psychologist, mental health professional, or anything related to the medical field. If you require mental health counseling, you should seek help from a licensed mental health professional. Badass Counseling is SPIRITUAL COUNSELING, helping clients unlock the voice of God/gods/universe/soul/higher power inside them, so that they can begin to live their truth and finally experience happiness and true aliveness.


The grand goal of life is ALIVENESS — that sense of being truly and fully ALIVE and vigorous in every moment. That is what we all seek. That is the goal!
— Shakti Gawain, American Writer (1948 - Present)

Very few spiritual leaders have lived a life so unusual as Sven Erlandson. He has experienced what most counselors and leaders only read about in books. Yet, it is precisely this odd life -- this incredible dash to live fully,  learn all the wisdom the universe has to offer, and then give his life in service of others -- that makes Sven such a brilliant, insightful, funny, and powerful speaker, writer, and spiritual counselor. He has been to hell and found his way out to find true and lasting peace, power, purpose, fulfillment, happiness.....and the enduring passion to help others find the same!


Sven Erlandson's background, family history, experience, and education include:


  • Born in North Dakota, raised in Minnesota, college at the US Air Force Academy (and others), graduate school in Berkeley, CA, and presently living and working in Manhattan/New York City and Stamford, CT.
  • Father of the 'Spiritual but not religious' movement in America. First author in America to both name and delineate the then-unknown 'Spiritual but not religious' movement (which is now the single largest spiritual-religious movement in American history), years before the phrase entered common parlance and even longer before the movement reached critical mass in America. Cited in Wikipedia for this cutting-edge work
  • Author of five books (see Books page for descriptions and to purchase), including:
    • I Steal Wives: A Serial Adulterer Reveals the REAL Reasons More and More 'Happily Married' Women are Cheating, Book One and Two
    • Badass Jesus: The Serious Athlete and a Life of Noble Purpose
    • The 7 Evangelical Myths: Untwisting the Theology behind the Politics
    • Rescuing God from Christianity: A Closet Christian, Christmas Christian, and Non-Christian's Guide to Radically Re-thinking God Stuff
    • Spiritual But Not Religious: A Call to Religious Revolution in America
  • Represented by the top literary agency in America


  • Father: Ordained Lutheran Pastor for over 60 years
  • Mother: Director of Christian Education, Writer, Seminary Adjunct Faculty
  • Four Uncles: Ordained Lutheran Pastors
  • Youngest of five brothers and one sister
  • Father of two adult children
  • Twice divorced
  • SERE-trained military
  • Air Force Pilot (glider planes)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Head Coach -- Strength and Conditioning
    • Coached/trained MMA fighters; NCAA, pro, and Olympic athletes;
  • Adjunct Lecturer at the Graduate and Undergraduate Levels (see Speaking page)
  • Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) and Bachelor of Arts (Religious Studies & Mathematics)
    • Including years of study at the US Air Force Academy
    • Two-plus years of graduate work at a Catholic seminary, and two years at a Lutheran seminary, with additional work at Jewish, evangelical, and mainline seminaries
    • Studies in Hebrew, Greek (ancient and koine), Latin, and German
  • Advanced counseling certification and training, including clinical experience
    • Critical Incident Response Team training
    • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
    • Advanced Pastoral Counseling
    • Peer Counseling Instructor Certification
    • Re-evaluative/Co-counseling training
  • Served four different churches in various Pastor positions, including
    • The very first full-time Sports and Recreation Pastor in the 500-year history of the Lutheran Church
  • 20+ years in private practice as a spiritual counselor
    • Private Excellence Counselor to NCAA coaches (Head, Assistants), from D1 to D3, CEOs, Hollywood stars, corporate executives, private businesspeople, athletes, couples, and more
  • Record-setting powerlifter
  • NCAA Division 1 football player, US Air Force Academy Falcons
  • Emergency Room Chaplain Intern at a Level One Trauma Center
  • Co-Manager and Lead Counselor, Critical Incident Response Team; Emergency Response Team, Sun Country Airlines
  • Published numerous articles and reviewed in:
    • Newspapers, Magazines, and ezines (The New York Resident, Minneapolis StarTribune, MetroLutheran, et al.)
    • International Theological Journals (Parish Teacher, Word and World, Missiology)
  • For over seven years:
    • Living among and ministering to the needs of the homeless:
      • 2.5 years literally living on the street, sleeping on concrete every night -- California -- interacting with all races and types of people and problems
      • 5 years living in car -- Minnesota, California, Ohio -- reaching out to transient populations and the poorest of poor

The heart has its reasons that reason cannot know.
— Blaise Pascal, French Mathematician and Writer (1623 - 1662)