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, and 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
  • ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist
  • EMDR Level 1 trained
  • 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

  • Adjunct Faculty, Bethel Seminary San Diego 
  • Clinical Supervisor, Hannah's House
  • 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 we are the proud owners 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:

Grieving | A Helpful Tool

 

 "There is no grief like the grief

that does not speak."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


In the neighborhood...

 

In This Together: 

How I Will Continue to Offer Support

 In the midst of a different and difficult time, I think finding support for ourselves, our loved ones and our relationships, is still vital.  Here are some ways that we can continue working together. 

 


Around town...

Homebuilding:  A Daily Practice for You and Yours

Summer Day Camp (In-person!) | YMCA

 

"At the YMCA of San Diego County, we believe all kids deserve the chance to experience the life-changing power of camp. Since 1882, our camps have inspired kids with countless opportunities to laugh, lead and make lasting friendships.  We offer a unique learning environment where youth are introduced to outdoor experiences, can nurture their passions and explore new interests."  **New safety measures included.

 

Missed a daily activity?  Find them all here!


 

Alair Olson, M.A.

 Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(LMFT#86504)

 

South Mission Valley | San Diego, CA  

858.634.0302 | therapy@alairolson.com