About Alair


A little bit about my journey...

I grew up in San Diego, finished high school in Pasadena and went to college in Santa Barbara.  Somewhere along the way, I realized that I love hearing people's stories and walking alongside them as they grow, struggle, fight and transform.  I moved back to San Diego and shortly thereafter began attending Bethel Seminary to pursue a career in marriage and family therapy.  Since that time, I have gained experience working with grief and loss, children and adults, chronic mental illness, trauma, conflict and pain; ultimately, I learned the importance of "home" and how we all crave a place to feel safe, accepted, known amongst trustworthy companions. 

 

Since beginning my private practice in 2013, I have worked with a variety of clients who are all longing for a new home:  from couples entering into marriage or contemplating divorce, families with children ages 2 to 22, individuals struggling with loved ones to wanting a loved one, and helping professionals who are carrying the burden of supporting others.  With each and every client who walks into my office, my desire is to remind them that they are not alone and to host a space that creates more restoration, wholeness and hope.

A little more about my work...

Qualifications

  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFC#86504)
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate
  • Certified EFT Therapist (in progress)
  • Completion of EFT Externship and Core Skills trainings
  • Registered Play Therapist (in progress)
  • Certified Spiritual Director, Theodyssey
  • M.A., Marital & Family Therapy, Bethel Seminary San Diego
  • B.A., Communication Studies, Westmont College

Current Experience

Previous Experience

  • Treatment Coordinator, Alvarado Parkway Institute Outpatient Services
  • Counselor, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Counselor, San Diego Hospice & The Institute for Palliative Medicine
  • Intern Chaplain, San Francisco General Hospital

And a little personal note.

 

I am the grateful wife of a remarkable husband and the proud owner of two golden retrievers named Reagan and Teddy (yes, after the Presidents).  I am a lover of all things wilderness and outdoors, and my dream is to one day become a National Park Ranger (yes, I'm totally serious).  I can't get enough time in the garden, football in the fall, coffee when it's good (or even when it's bad, actually), and meals around a big table with delicious food and even better friends.

 

Rooted & Grounded

 

 

New on the blog:

Authenticity for Couples | Asking for What You Need

 

 

The most important question to ask could

be the hardest to answer.


In the neighborhood...

Raising Emotionally Healthy Children | Grace Church MOMS Group

September 12th, 9:30-11:30am

 

I have the privilege of sharing with a group of moms with young children, exploring together what it means to help our children grow into emotionally healthy people.


Around town...

"Impulsive Behavior Linked to Sleep and Screen Time"

Science News

 

A new article suggests that children and youth who do not sleep enough and use screens more than recommended are more likely to act impulsively and make poorer decisions.


 

Alair Olson, M.A.

 Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(MFC#86504)

 

South Mission Valley | San Diego, CA  92108

858.634.0302 | therapy@alairolson.com