Linda Olson, Psy.D.

LindaOlsonClinical Psychologist
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Dr. Linda Olson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist who has been working for over 30 years in the area of Childhood Domestic Violence (CDV) which is children who grow up living with domestic violence, and domestic abuse and trauma. She has also specialized working with eating disorders, sexual abuse , obsessive/compulsive disorders and anxiety, and self-regulation issues.  Her intensive training has been in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy(DBT), Mindfulness, Exposure Response Prevention(ERP), and Attachment theory. She furthered her training with Dr. Harville Hendrix’s Imago Relationship Therapy for couples and relationships.  With her expertise and unconditional support, Dr. Olson is highly skilled in providing a customized trauma-focused and cognitive-behavioral approach which can be tailored to the individual needs and goals of each patient.

Dr. Olson earned a Masters in Clinical Social Work and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Georgia Regional State Hospital, focusing on forensic testing and adolescent and adult court ordered evaluations.  Her post-doctoral training was completed at the New Learning Center in Westport, Ct., a comprehensive outpatient center where she focused on child custody evaluations and provided individual, couples and family therapy to clients with histories of domestic and sexual abuse.

Dr. Olson’s passion and commitment to raising awareness and addressing the issues of childhood domestic violence, domestic abuse, and trauma comes out of her pain and her experience of growing up in a family with childhood domestic violence and abuse.  One of her sisters was killed from dating violence and the other sister died from the consequences of childhood domestic violence.  She also lived in an abusive and violent marriage for many years.  She was able to break through the cycle of abuse and denial when she saw the effects it was having on her three sons.

“I cannot change the past; however, I can change the future by raising awareness of childhood domestic violence, reaching out and supporting individuals going through the cycle of  abuse, and sharing the Truth – ‘There is  hope, you can heal and reach your full potential. Your life matters”.

Dr. Olson’s commitment to raising awareness of childhood domestic violence comes out of her pain of believing the false belief and lie -“It must be my fault.” -and of breaking through to the real truth – “It was not my fault.”   Going from feelings of constant fear, uncertainty, confusion and doubt to realizing the incredible strengths and gifts that were developed by growing up with childhood domestic violence has enabled and empowered her to help people discover their true potential hidden themselves.

Her wisdom and compassion are available for all who get to know her and work with her.

She developed THE TWO HEARTS RIBBON FOR HOPE foundation, in memory of her two sisters, to raise awareness of childhood domestic violence.  She has served for over 18 years as a victim advocate for Fight Crime: Invest In Kids and most recently joined the board of the Childhood Domestic Violence Association (CDV.ORG) which is an international organization whose mission is to help those who grow up living with domestic violence reach their full potential.