Shira Olsen, PhD, CSAT
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
As a clinical specialist and accomplished researcher on treating anxiety and betrayal trauma, Dr. Olsen understands what it's like for individuals to face unexpected life stressors that leave them feeling overwhelmed with no good solution in sight.
She knows it's exhausting to put on a good face and pretend like everything is "okay" when inside you feel empty.
She recognizes how hard it is to share how you feel; keeping others at a distance seems easier and keeps you in control. But you slowly lose parts of yourself when you pull away from others and stop engaging in the things you enjoy. It is a lonely place to be.
Dr. Olsen can help you silence that voice telling you that you are not good enough or that somehow your unhappiness is your fault. She wants you to heal from painful life experiences and ditch your feelings of guilt. She wants you to connect with others without being afraid they will let you down.
Dr. Olsen has extensive experience working with clients struggling with anxiety and those who have been emotionally harmed by interpersonal trauma. As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, she works with individuals struggling with compulsive sexual behaviors and helps them reach sobriety and rebuild their lives. She helps hurt partners and spouses cope in the aftermath of betrayal and put their healing needs first without guilt or worry.
Dr. Olsen has published numerous scientific studies in respected peer reviewed journals on the impact of anxiety and betrayal trauma on our lives. Her research provides her a deep level of insight into the struggles her clients face and effective strategies for change. She is also a contributing author to the book Facilitating Resilience & Recovery Following Trauma. You can learn more about her publications below.
Dr. Olsen loves to provide talks within our Seattle communities. If you have a group or an organization that could benefit from a talk on issues such as living with anxiety, healing from interpersonal trauma, or the impact of betrayal, please contact us here.
Dr. Olsen's Scientific Research & Publications
How do negative emotions relate to dysfunctional post-trauma cognitions? An examination of interpersonal trauma survivors. Psychological Trauma Theory Research Practice and Policy.
Expressive inhibition following interpersonal trauma: An analysis of reported function. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.
The effects of dissociation on information processing for analogue trauma and neutral stimuli: A laboratory study. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.
Factors contributing to anxious driving behavior: The role of stress history and accident severity. Journal of Anxiety Disorder.
The Driving Behavior Survey: Scale construction and validation. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.
If you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Olsen, please give us a call. If you have any additional questions, please get in touch as well. Dr. Olsen is always happy to chat to see if she would be a good fit for you.