Services

The word "therapy" comes from the Greek therapeuein, meaning,"to attend, to hold in attention, to stretch towards". As a therapist, I see the sole purpose of my work with clients as being present to one's journey. Put simply, I am a witness to your journey of awareness, healing, change, transformation and growth. ‚Äč Therapy is about finding your way back to your true self where you have unfettered access to all of those answers so that you can live in serenity and freedom. My job? To be your enlightened witness and simply to be present to your healing journey. 

psychotherapy

Short and long term therapy for individuals, couples and families for most issues.

Rainbows & Replacements

Compassionate care for family members impacted by the loss of a child/sibling. Empathetic support for those who are children born after a devastating child loss.

school issues

Encouragement for academic induced stress and overwhelm. Practical support f or individuals with ADHD, specific Leanrning Disabilities and/or Special Needs. 

Special Areas of Expertise:

IFS: Internal Family Systems is a non-pathologizing approach to therapy that allows us to enter into our own internal world and intimately befriend ourselves and warmly embrace all of our characteristics. IFS empowers because it locates the source of healing to lie within the individual. This is profoundly transformational so that we can truly know ourselves and thus show up more authentically in our lives and our relationships.  

Trauma: Trauma often goes unrecognized or is minimized until the current coping strategies become inadequate causing unmanageability. Trained in the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) modality, I can help you to revisit past traumas within a safe space with the sole objective to heal past hurts and create new beginnings. Embarking on this work does not require you to relive specific events. We journey together to help you become unstuck and develop new ways of being.

Grief & Loss: Most people will experience loss at some point in their lives. Grief is a reaction to any form of loss. Bereavement is a type of grief involving the death of a loved one. Bereavement and grief encompass a range of feelings from deep sadness to anger. The process of adapting to a significant loss can vary dramatically from one person to another. It often depends on a person’s background, beliefs, and relationship to what was lost. We live in a society that undervalues the impact of grief and loss in our daily lives. A couple very common messages from our culture tell us to just "get over it" or "move on", regardless of the type of loss.  If we are willing to process our losses, we are better able to learn to cope with the pain and suffering we are enduring. 

Emerging Adults: Transitioning from childhood into adulthood is daunting, especially in our complex culture that places such a high value on material success. It can be easy to get overwhelmed by the demands of relational, social, and financial expectations when the idea of "success" is subjective. I can help you grow your roots while envisioning your future and give you practical skills to manage all of the changes coming your way so that you can live the life YOU want. 

Addiction/Recovery/Codependency: Going on the wagon, quitting cold-turkey and/or simply arresting an addictive behavior is not enough to bring about real change. This is why those who struggle with addiction need structured support to stop addictive behaviors, substantive scaffolding to replace old habits with new choices, and comprehensive collaboration to stay in recovery behaviors. Boundaries and relationship issues as the result of codependance and enabling are also treated. I have over 25 years of comprehensive experience with addiction and recovery support. I have worked directly with addicts and their loved ones in community clinics, outpatient rehabilitation centers, inpatient hospital settings and on the figurative street corners in the effort to educate about the systemic impact of addiction on addicts and their families and friends.

Academic Stress: For many years I have been on campus as a School Counselor (grades 6-12) working with "at-risk" students and their families. With the intimate understanding of private and public school systems, I can support students to access internal and external resources necessary to balance the demands of increasing academic pressures in the digital age. I focus on how presenting issues impact a student’s “personal best” performance in school, while simultaneously illuminating how one’s “personal best”, or authentic self, is affected across all relationships and situations.

Women's Issues: Women in all phases of life face a multitude of issues brought upon by social inequities, hormonal fluctuations, and societal pressures. Some mental health issues can be directly related to biology and gender while others can be attributed to being a women in a culture dominated by a patriarchal mindset.  As women, we are living in exciting, yet tumultuous times.  Stepping into your feminine power is liberating and your changes will ripple into your families and communities! 

9 Crow Canyon Court, Suite 100

San Ramon, CA 94583

925.480.7550

lisaolsonmft@gmail.com

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Lisa Olson MA, PPS 

LMFT #107725 

Credentialed School Counselor

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