As part of my practice's value of wholeness, I often recommend taking some assessments and personal inventories that will support the work we are doing in therapy.  These are some of my favorites.

For Couples

The Five Love Languages

You and your partner may truly love each other, but most likely you experience that love in different ways.  "Relationships grow better when we understand each other. Everyone gives and receives love differently, but with a little insight into these differences, we can be confidently equipped to communicate love well."  Take the quiz to learn more!



Whether you're planning a wedding or celebrating years of marriage, the assessments offered through Prepare/Enrich are insightful, encouraging and catalytic.  "P/E is one of the most widely researched assessment tools.  Professors and students at colleges and universities worldwide use the scales as a tool to conduct and evaluate their research.  P/E continues to adapt and react to the changing reality of relationships through continued research and development of assessments and resources."

**You are required to take the assessment with a certified Facilitator, and I am one of them!  Please contact me directly if you and your partner would like me to facilitate this assessment.


For Parents

The Five Love Languages

You and your child may give and receive love differently, and I believe that parents deeply desire for their children to feel loved and cared for in meaningful ways.  "Discover your child’s primary language—then speak it—and you will be well on your way to a stronger relationship with your flourishing child."  Take the quiz now!



Parenting children can take a toll on a relationship, and oftentimes we don't even know where to start when it comes to learning how to be parents and partners.  "Help parents understand their particular parenting style with each child.  This version of the P/E assessment looks at a variety of important family functions, such as family communication, child behavioral concerns, and parenting stress, all while keeping the couple at the center of your focus."

**You are required to take the assessment with a certified Facilitator, and I am one of them!  Please contact me directly if you and your partner would like me to facilitate this assessment.


For Individuals

The Enneagram

"From one point of view, the Enneagram can be seen as a set of nine distinct personality types, with each number on the Enneagram denoting one type. It is common to find a little of yourself in all nine of the types, although one of them should stand out as being closest to yourself. This is your basic personality type.  Everyone emerges from childhood with one of the nine types dominating their personality, with inborn temperament and other pre-natal factors being the main determinants of our type. This is one area where most all of the major Enneagram authors agree—we are born with a dominant type."  Find out your dominant type!


Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

"The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people's lives.  The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment...The best reason to choose the MBTI instrument to discover your personality type is that hundreds of studies over the past 40 years have proven the instrument to be both valid and reliable. In other words, it measures what it says it does (validity) and produces the same results when given more than once (reliability)."  Discover your type today!


Come on in- how can I help?

Some different options about where we can start

Couple's Therapy


Learning why we feel disconnected, and creating new ways of being with each other

Individual Therapy


Discovering and developing what it's like to have a relationship with yourself

Family Therapy


Finding out why we don't get along, and figuring out how we can be a family 

Play Therapy


Helping kids use play to feel safe and strong, especially when bad things happen

sit and stay a while

Some thoughts I share on "Rooted + Grounded"



The New Normal | Do I Want to Go Back?


 "Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." - Rumi

in the neighborhood

Some helpful resources in the nearby and virtual community

  National Child Traumatic

Stress Network

Talking with Kids + Teens When Scary

Things Happen


These resources offer guidance on talking with children and youth when scary things happen. This fact sheet includes information on checking in with yourself, clarifying your goal, providing information, reflecting, asking helpful questions, going slow, labeling emotions, validating, and reducing media exposure. 


Alair Olson, M.A.

 Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT#86504)

858.634.0302 |