Dr. Shira Olsen, LPSY, CSAT, CCPS

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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I focus my practice on helping individuals and couples facing intimacy and sexual challenges in their life. I help my clients break through their sexual roadblocks, gain confidence and feel connected during moments of intimacy, and achieve heightened pleasure. As a Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Sexologist, I believe that a healthy and enriching sex life is an essential ingredient for happy and long-lasting romantic relationships.

You may feel concerned that your desires are “not normal.” Perhaps your relationship is suffering from sexual behaviors that you cannot fully understand. Maybe you struggle to enjoy sex due to pain or a lack of desire. Many of my clients are seeking to (re)claim their sexuality after painful life events. If infidelity or compulsive sexual behaviors are present in your relationship, I can guide you through the reconciliation process where relational wounds are healed through understanding and empathy. Regardless of what brings you to therapy, I offer a safe, insightful, and non-judgmental space to grow and connect with yourself and your intimate partner in ways that you never imagined possible.

I have a passion for helping clients to better understand themselves as sexual beings and to reach their sexual potential.  I operate within your own values, while exploring belief systems and the impact of past life events on your current functioning.  We will figure out what got you to this point and develop the insight and understanding necessary to make genuine changes.  We will discover what healthy intimacy and sexuality means to you and help you create a sex life with your partner that is filled with passion and built on trust.  We will silence any voices telling you that you're not good enough or that somehow it's your fault you're unhappy. 

Duly Certified in Sex Addiction Treatment (CSAT) and Certified Clinical Partners Specialist (CCPS)

As an expert in relational trauma, I help individuals work through infidelity, intimacy struggles, and compulsive sex and porn use.  I offer expertise treating both problematic sexual behaviors and the trauma from intimate betrayal.  My perspective encompasses a deep understating of the sexually acting out partner and the hurt partner's experience after betrayal; a knowledge base my clients find invaluable when working with the complex nature of infidelity. 

My clients often feel overwhelmed by their circumstances and are not sure what their next steps should be for themselves or their relationship. It can be exhausting to put on a good face and pretend everything is fine when inside you know you're not okay. You might feel trapped or hopeless that things will never get better.  We will figure out what got you to this point and develop the insight and understanding necessary to make genuine changes. 

About Me

 As a Clinical Psychologist (PhD), Clinical Sexologist, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), Certified Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS), national level trainer for intimate betrayal treatment, and trauma specialist, I have extensive experience helping individuals struggling with sexual concerns and relational trauma. 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 work below.

Credentials

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PhD)

     University of Memphis Clinical Psychology Program

     University of Washington Clinical Psychology Residency Program

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LPsy)

Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT)

Certified Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS)

Washington State Supervisor

National Trainer For Treating Betrayal Trauma

Advanced Training For Problematic Sexual Behavior - Understanding and Treating Betrayal Trauma  (Level 1 & Level 2) Society For Advancement in Sexual Health (SASH)

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 I'd be a good fit for your needs.