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.

Lombardi Was Wrong: The Positive Power of Quitting to Succeed

One of the biggest mistakes we make as parents, as coaches, and as people who influence young lives is that we create and either explicit or implicit expectation that the child will never quit....anything; or that the child or teen or young adult has to get special clearance from you in order to quit.

But what if this cultural obsession with 'stick with it' was wrong? What if the very thing inhibiting success is staying with something that your heart is no longer in?

Now the truth is, we all have bad days, bad weeks, heck, bad years. But when you're on the path of your truth, when you're following your dream a bad month or year is still better than a good year at something your heart ISN'T in!

But we get so wrapped up in the belief that quitting is antithetical to being American. We get so lost in this notion that quitting is bad.

I've counseled college girls who are lost in bulimia, depression, prescription meds and more, and all because they can't quit the things that are no longer life-giving to them.

I've counseled young men who are forever trapped in their bedroom or caught in a life of drinking sprees, because they are under such duress from parents and a society that says "You gotta make money, even if you don't like the work."

To heck with that!

Y'wanna know why? Because 10 or 20 years down the line, those young adults will be coming to me for counseling, because they never gave themselves permission to cross their parents. Specifically, they never gave themselves permission to quit that which no longer breathed life into them, quit that which bled them, quit that which was just being done for the money or, worse, to please a parent or spouse.

The real challenge of life is NOT found in pursuing your dreams, per se, but in having the courage to walk away from that which is NOT your dream. The challenge is not in going after what you want, but in having the guts to quit that which you don't want, that which doesn't feed your soul, that which doesn't electrify your spirit.

And the simple truth of the matter is that the earlier a kid is given permission to trust his/her own instincts and walk away from -- QUIT! -- that which doesn't inspire, that which holds no fascination, that which is not fun for him or her, the sooner that kid will come to joy. For the truth is, when you're on your path doing what YOU love, even on crappy days you know this is exactly where you need to be and there is no place you'd rather be.

So, the simple question is: Do you have the courage to pursue that which you love and are excited to go after........even if it means quitting that which is bleeding the life out of you?

THAT is the question!