Shira Olsen, PhD, CSAT

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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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.

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 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.

Call us (425) 628-2820