Emily Olsen, MA, LPCC
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate
Emily's Background, Training, & Experience:
MA in Clinical Psychology Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL)
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate #0017148, Colorado
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Level I - Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI)
The Body Keeps the Score: Trauma Healing with Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD – PESI
40-hr Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training – Resilience
Mindful Resilience Yoga Teacher Training for Trauma Recovery – Veterans Yoga Project
Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training Intensive – YogaCare
200HR Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) – Yoga Alliance
My work as a therapist is rooted in the principle that your own body contains an inner wisdom, not only to heal from the trauma and struggles of modern life, but to create your life in the way that you have always wanted. My goal is to help you tune in to your own inner wisdom, to walk beside you as a supportive guide as you navigate your healing path.
My approach to the therapeutic process is individualized, collaborative, and holistic. I am trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (2020), and as a trauma-informed yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance RYT, 2017). I use these tools in session to directly engage unresolved emotions or trauma in the body, allowing them to “move through,” or release, both psychologically and physiologically. I find that this work opens up space for my clients to begin to step beyond old emotional patterns that are no longer serving their needs.
As a therapist, I enjoy working with a wide range of client challenges. My specialty areas include working with trauma-related issues, navigating major life transitions, existential issues, coping with chronic illness, identity exploration, substance abuse & addictions, and integration of spiritual and/or psychedelic experiences. I am an LGBTQIA+ affirming practitioner, and account for the impact that discriminatory societal norms on the basis of race, gender, sexuality, and class have on each individual’s sense of self and overall mental health.
Personally, I have walked my own healing path in recovery from trauma and addiction. It is through my personal recovery that I was able to step into my true purpose, and ultimately my work as a therapist. In the midst of my recovery, I completed many yoga trainings, spent much time in sadhana at my chosen ashram, returned to school for my degree in counseling psychology, and began to facilitate ceremonial group healing spaces in an effort to share this work. My journey opened me to the possibilities of transformation through direct experience and connection. It is my sincere hope to share this possibility with you.
Taming COVID Anxiety Group
Lead by Emily Olsen, MA, LPCC
January 29- March 5, 2021
A VIRTUAL 6-week group
$240 for the entire series
Are you feeling overwhelmed with worry and anxiety? Living through a global pandemic has impacted everyone, and for some, the anxiety can be debilitating. Whether it is fear of COVID, the resulting job or financial impacts, or the abrupt changes in our lifestyles, you may feel your mind spinning with worry. Emily Olsen, MA, LPCC will offer this 6-week class that will teach you skills and tools based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy principles to help you tame your anxiety.
Exploring the experience of anxiety, and the costs of avoidance/control strategies
Values exploration: where is anxiety getting in the way?
Cognitive defusion: becoming "untangled" from our anxious thoughts
Willingness & acceptance: a new way to relate to the experience
The "observing self", or "self as context": a new way to relate to self