Melinda R. Olsen MS, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

MFT 111165
(408) 369-6724
www.melindarolsen.com

I love helping post college (emerging) adults who are dealing with big transitions and overwhelming emotions make sense of themselves and their relationships.

Education:
Fuller Theological Seminary – M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy
Scripps College, Claremont, CA – B.A. in International Relations and Religious Studies

Areas of Focus:
Life Transitions
Emerging Adults (post college-early 30’s)
Shame/Identity Issues
Confusing or overwhelming emotions
Premarital Therapy

 Trainings:
Brainspotting
Enneagram
Emotionally Focused Therapy

Certifications: 
Prepare/Enrich Couples Counseling

Memberships:
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

You feel like you’re drowning in the midst of all the big changes going on in your life. You feel alone and long to deeply connect with others, but you often end up feeling disappointed, unseen, used, or heartbroken. You’re overwhelmed with the transitions happening in your life and the confusing emotions going on inside of you, but you beat yourself up for being “too sensitive”. You’re working so hard to have a successful career and fulfilling relationships, but you never feel like you’re enough. You just want to feel better, but you don’t know where to begin.

You want to successfully navigate these changes and emotions in a way that helps you understand who you are and what you want. You want healthy, vibrant relationships where you feel loved and accepted. You want to know that it’s not just okay to be you, but that being you is more than enough. You want to live an authentic life that really matters.

I’m passionate about serving post-college emerging adults in my practice because I know personally how hard and confusing this time of life can be. I use Brainspotting and the Enneagram to help you grow individually, along with Emotionally Focused Therapy and Prepare/Enrich to help you create vibrant, healthy relationships, and I love working with premarital couples.

I’ve created a welcoming space where you can feel embraced and cared for as we engage the difficulties that are getting in your way and deep dive into your inner world. Interested in getting started? Let’s talk!

Email me at melinda@inviterracounseling.com, or leave me a voicemail at 408-369-6724.

About Me 

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. I’ve served college students through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, CA, and continued serving emerging adults as a MFT trainee and Associate Intern at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA. 

I’m a 30 something wife and mom who will always be an Oregon girl at heart. I love nature, hiking, good coffee, wine tasting, rain, and enjoying the talents of a great mixologist. I’m also crazy about singing, and love enjoying good food, reading sci-fi, fantasy and young adult lit, watching the West Wing, and spending time with my friends and family. My sweet son Caleb is two years old and going strong (PLEASE SEND HELP). 

“Most people believe vulnerability is weakness. But really, vulnerability is courage. We must ask ourselves…are we willing to show up and be seen?”
Brené Brown