consultation groups

Life doesn't make any sense without interdependence.  We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all. - Erik Erikson

Why consultation groups?

In my experience as a therapist, I have repeatedly found myself in a place of feeling stuck and needing some help.  The kind of work that we do can be extremely challenging, and you might find yourself feeling confused, overwhelmed, lost, or maybe even bored.  And you want something more.


Consultation groups provide a space to grow and develop alongside other clinicians, and I've found that change can happen in very unique ways within the context of a safe, supportive group.  Groups will be offered on a variety of topic areas, including Emotionally Focused Couple's Therapy, Play Therapy, Self-of-Therapist issues, and Developing Your Own Private Practice.


Upcoming Opportunities

Self-of-Therapist Collaboration Group - Spring 2024

Focus:  In each group meeting, we will take an in-depth look at our own self-of-therapist process when working with clients.  This can include understanding more about how to bring your own presence into sessions, navigating reactions to clients (i.e. feeling irritated, frozen, burned-out, cautious, etc.), and learning how to be a support to yourself in challenging situations with clients.

*Registering for this group means that you are signing up for all group meetings.


When:  Fridays from 10am-12pm (PST)

April 26th

May 10th

June 7th

June 21st

July 19th

August 2nd


Where:  Virtual, via Zoom


How (Much):  $50 per group meeting


Sign up here!

Note: Please fill out the fields marked with an asterisk.

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Foundations - Spring 2024

Focus:  This group is ideal for clinicians who have completed the Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy externship and are participating in/considering Core Skills.  In our work together, we will explore the EFCT model in deeper ways, both objectively and experientially.  There will be opportunities to sharpen skills, collaborate with colleagues, and become more confident in the unique ways that you embody and practice EFCT.

*Registering for this group means that you are signing up for all group meetings.

** Completion of an EFCT Externship is required to participate in this group.


When:  Mondays from 9-11am (PST)

April 22nd

May 20th

June 3rd

July 1st

July 29th

August 12th


Where:  Virtual, via Zoom


How (Much):  $50 per group meeting


Sign up here!

Note: Please fill out the fields marked with an asterisk.

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 |