Shana OlmsteadMA, LMHC
I use a holistic, integrative approach to therapy, addressing the body, mind and authentic self of each client. Relying primarily on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology and Family Systems theories, I also integrate mindfulness, visualization, and breathing exercises into my work with clients.
I treat men, women, and adolescents going through transitions or suffering with anxiety or depression. My specialty is helping people to uncover their authentic voice and listen to it. My passion is connecting with people, and helping them to believe the best about themselves. I believe everyone is capable of transformation.
Therapy with me is a collaborative process. My clients describe me as having a warm and compassionate presence that makes the therapeutic process feel safe. Together, you and I will define your goals for therapy, and you will make a commitment to change for the better.
I describe my job as your therapist as helping you to connect to your own unique internal wisdom, because I believes that you have the answers to your problems. I will help you look at anything that is getting in the way of you living your best life, whether it’s negative thinking, emotional issues from the past, or dysfunctional relationships. Through this process, you will start to become more aware of what is wrong, and learn new tools to make the necessary changes.
In your work with me, you will learn how to distinguish between negative thought patterns and your true inner voice. You will begin to be more aware of your own thoughts and emotions, and slowly be able to release any characteristics that no longer serve your best self.
I earned my B.S. in Health Psychology and Spirituality from Bastyr University, where I learned how to integrate the mind and body in therapy. I then completed my M.A. in Systems Counseling at the LIOS Graduate College of Saybrook University, which helped me to solidify my understanding of how family systems work together, and to complete my clinical training.