Shira Olsen, PhD, CSAT

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist

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If your life has left you feeling overwhelmed with no clear path forward, I can help you create those next steps.  It's exhausting to put on a good face and pretend everything is okay when inside you're a mess. We will figure out how you got to this place and I will give you tools to get you unstuck.

I know it's hard to share how you feel and keeping others at a distance seems easier. But you slowly lose parts of yourself when you shut others out. I can help you reconnect without being afraid people will let you down. We will silence that voice telling you that you're not good enough or that somehow it's your fault your unhappy. Together, we can heal the pain, ditch those feelings of unworthiness, and take steps forward that feel right. 

About Me

As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), I have extensive experience helping individuals who have been harmed by unfortunate life events and betrayal. I have been fortunate in my career to be able to share my knowledge with the world through my published scientific research on trauma, betrayal, and anxiety.  My research has provided me a deep level of insight into the struggles individuals face after trauma and effective strategies for change. I am also a contributing author to the book Facilitating Resilience & Recovery Following Trauma, which offers evidenced based insight into healing from trauma.  You can learn more about my published research below.

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.

Exploring negative emotion in women experiencing intimate partner violence: Shame, guilt, and PTSD. Behavior Therapy.

Expressive inhibition following interpersonal trauma: An analysis of reported function. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.

The association of mental health conditions with employment, interpersonal, and subjective functioning after intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women.

How do attachment style and social support contribute to psychopathology following interpersonal trauma? Examining clinician rating versus self-report. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.

Understanding the relationship between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and trauma cognitions: The impact of thought control strategies. Behaviour Research and Therapy.

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.

Predicting violence in romantic relationships during adolescence and emerging adulthood: A critical review of the mechanisms by which familial and peer influences operate. Clinical Psychology Review.

Physical and psychosocial functioning following motor vehicle trauma: Relationships with chronic pain, posttraumatic stress, and medication use. European Journal of Pain.

If you would like to set up an appointment with me or have questions, please reach out!  I am always happy to chat to see if we would be a good fit.

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