Navagating Life's Challenges
is what we will do togehter whether it be seeking a solution to an immediate problem or tackling a life long struggle.  I am dedicated to helping you find the answers so you have the life you desire.
Psychotherapist, Author, and Keynote Speaker 
Althea Olson, LCSW
Navigating Life's Challenges
is what we will do together whether it be seeking a solution to an immediate problem or tackling a life long wound.  I am dedicated to helping you find solutions so you can live the life you desire.
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Adult, Adolecent, & Couples Psychotherapist
with over 20 years experience.
 As a seasoned clinician of over 20 years, I realize everyone who passes through my door enters with a unique set of needs and experiences. As the client, you set the pace of treatment and together, as a team, we determine what is needed to improve your quality of life. Whether our work can be accomplished in just a few sessions or something more long term is needed, I am here to help you navigate life's challenges.
 
My approach is to take complex issues and break them down into simple, easy to apply concepts, allowing you to achieve your goals.  I find success lies in building on the strengths you already possess and using that as the foundation to build upon.  My clients describe me as direct and to the point, but in a manner that is validating of who they are so that confidence is built to begin changing desired behaviors.  One of my goals for every client is that they walk away from each session with practical knowledge they can begin applying that day.  For it is the repetitiveness of small behavior changes that lead to big differences in one’s life.
 
I am experienced in treating
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • OCD 
  • Phobias
  • Bipolar
  • Addictions
  • Loss & Grief Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Life Transitions
  • Marriage and Couples Counseling
  • Codependency
  • Relationship Conflicts
  • Abuse & Trauma
  • Chronic Pain & Autoimmune Disorders
  • First Responders
  • Christian Counseling
  • Chronic Mental Illness and Psychosis
 I am also a writer and a national speaker.  My husband & I write several monthly columns together for different magazines for law enforcement.  Our writing became so popular we soon began traveling the country speaking on the topics we write on which includes morale, ethics, emotional self-care, marriage, relationships, and maintaining a healthy work/life balance. 
 
I work with clients aged 12 to geriatric.  My treatment modalities are diverse, since one size does not fit all, including CBT, DBT, Solution-focused, Strength’s Based, Behavior Modification, Play Therapy, Psychodynamic, Client Centered, Psychoeducation, and the evidence based techniques of John Gottman.
 
Education
George Williams School of Social Work at Aurora University, MSW, 1996
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