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 and transform into who they are purposed to be.  After college, 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 of all ages, 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:

 

Uncertainty | Why + How to Grieve 

 

"There is no grief like the grief that does 

not speak."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


In the neighborhood...

 

Please check back in for upcoming events!


Around town...


 

The Power of Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

 

"This handout provides caregivers guidance about how to address fears and feelings of prior losses that are coming up during COVID-19. This fact sheet offers information on loss and trauma reminders, coping with separation, and the mind body connection."

 

Alair Olson, M.A.

 Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(LMFT#86504)

 

South Mission Valley | San Diego, CA  

858.634.0302 | therapy@alairolson.com