Dr. Shira Olsen, LPSY, CSAT, CCPS
Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Sexologist
I focus my practice on helping individuals and couples facing intimacy and sexual challenges in their life. You may be concerned about your lack of desire for sex and wonder if this is “normal.” Perhaps worrisome thoughts get in the way of a fulfilling sexual experience or shut down your ability to sexually perform. You may be struggling to enjoy sex due to pain and discomfort. Or maybe your relationship is suffering from sexual behaviors that you cannot fully understand. I treat a range of sexual difficulties, including erectile dysfunction, vaginal pain, and struggles to achieve orgasm. Many of my clients are also seeking to reclaim their sexuality after painful life events such as infidelity or compulsive sexual behaviors. Regardless of what brings you to therapy, I can help you break through your sexual roadblocks, achieve heightened pleasure, gain confidence, and feel safe and comfortable during moments of intimacy. 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 your beliefs and the impact of past life events on your current well-being 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.
Duly Certified in Treatment for Compulsive Sexual Behaviors and Betrayal Trauma
As an expert in relational trauma, I also 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. I can guide you through the reconciliation process where relational wounds are healed through understanding and empathy.
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.
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.
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 Clinical 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.
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 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.