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AMY OLSON

Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

                   

Change happens over time, in a process, oriented in a relationship.


You are probably reading this because you are hurting and need some help. Most of us get to this place, at some point...if we are truly living.

And now you are ready to be curious about yourself. To ask yourself difficult questions. To take action. 

For 20 years I have been a psychotherapist based in the Triangle area. I practice contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy.  Together we work to forge a secure, authentic relationship where you can create new ideas about yourself, people and relationships. In therapy you are able to examine less understood, conflicted aspects of yourself - parts of you that may be angry, fearful of intimacy, avoidant, lack boundary definition, or are self-destructive.

Psychotherapy is about the maturing of the human heart, not just symptom reduction.

What is it like to work with me?

Well, hopefully pretty natural, all things considered. I don’t apply "techniques" or attempt to solve your problems. However, in good treatment,  you probably will find symptom relief, and you will begin to see your own solutions to your problems.

My style of therapy reflects the way humans have always interacted - we sit and have a conversation. But therapy is a very special kind of conversation. One that has the potential, over time, to balance the mind and body.

Musings...

I live in the Triangle area with my husband and two children. A true believer in the integration of mind and body in healing, I maintain daily embodiment practices.  I have a great time periodically teaching movement classes in the local community. Although I grew up on the southeast coast of Florida, my tastes are truly Southern. Chicken and Dumplings from Lucky 32 in Cary make me very happy. My favorite place for a long weekend is NYC -  Central Park and street food never gets old!  If you checked my Spotify account you would discover my passion for cover songs - the bigger the stretch the better. Who knew Jay Z or Zeppelin could sound so good covered by a piano and cello?

Education & Certifications

Eating Disorders, Compulsions & Addictions Program, William Alanson White Institute, NYC (currently matriculated)

Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, William Alanson White Institute, NYC

Approved Supervisor, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals

Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals 

MSW, Social Work, Florida State University

MS, Physical Education and Athletic Administration, Eastern New Mexico University

BS, Health Education, Florida State University

Additional Educational Highlights & Certifications:

Smart Body, Smart Mind Nervous System Rewire Program

Certified Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator

Certified Yoga Therapist, Integrative Yoga Therapy

Affiliations

American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work​

International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals

Awards

American Psychoanalytic Association Teachers Academy Fellowship 2016

Speaking Engagements

North Carolina National Association of Social Workers 

Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Holly Hill Psychiatric Hospital

American Association of Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work

UNC School of Social Work


See my CV here