where to begin


For many people, therapy is new and somewhat overwhelming, so I want to help make this process as smooth as possible.  I'd love to connect and hear more about how I can be of support to you.

Reaching Out

Prior to our first meeting, I'd prefer to talk with you over the phone so that I can learn more about how I can be of help, share a bit about myself and my practice, and address any questions or concerns that you may have.  If my practice feels like a good fit, then we can schedule our first appointment.  Please feel free to call or email me to start the process.

 

Forms

Once we've scheduled our first meeting, I will need you to complete several forms.  These forms provide you with information about the therapy process and they provide me with a greater understanding of your needs.  

 

Generally, I send these forms via email and include further information about our first appointment.  I can also have these forms waiting for you at the office if you'd like to arrive 15-20 minutes early and complete the forms before our first session.

 

Complimentary Consultations

 If you feel unsure about whether you want to begin therapy with me, I do offer a complimentary 30-minute consultation meeting either in-person or over the phone.  For some, this is a helpful way to discern if I am good fit for you and if I'm not, I'll be more than willing to refer you to various colleagues who could be a better fit.

 

Rooted & Grounded

 

 

New on the blog:

Authenticity | A Guide for Reflecting on 2019

 

 How can we look back

to helps us as we look ahead.


In the neighborhood...

 

Raising Emotionally Healthy Children | January 13th, 2020

Point Loma Presbyterian Church Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Group

 

I'm grateful for the opportunity to spend time with moms of young kids and explore different ways that we can help cultivate emotional health in our children.


Around town...

"Screen-based media associated with structural differences in brains of young children"

Science Daily 

 

"A new study documents structural differences in the brains of preschool-age children related to screen-based media use. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, shows that children who have more screen time have lower structural integrity of white matter tracts in parts of the brain that support language and other emergent literacy skills. These skills include imagery and executive function — the process involving mental control and self-regulation. These children also have lower scores on language and literacy measures."


 

Alair Olson, M.A.

 Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(MFC#86504)

 

South Mission Valley | San Diego, CA  92108

858.634.0302 | therapy@alairolson.com