Meet Our Team

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Althea Olson, LCSW

Adult, Adolescent, and Couples Psychotherapist

Education 

George Williams School of Social Work at Aurora University, MSW, 1996. Check out my Heathgrades reviews.

Small Changes Make a Big Difference by our Psychotherapist Near Me

As a seasoned clinician of over 25 years, I know that everyone who passes through my door brings with them a unique set of needs and experiences. I let my clients set the pace of treatment and together, as a team, we determine what is needed to improve their quality of life. Whether our work can be accomplished in just a few sessions or something more long-term is needed, I am here to help clients navigate life’s challenges. My superpower is the ability to break down complexities into simple solutions, and my diagnostic skills are precise. I find success lies in building on already existing strengths and using them as a foundation.  My clients describe me as direct and to the point, while still being validating and empathetic. This builds confidence and a belief that they can begin changing desired behaviors.  I want every client is to walk away from each session with practical knowledge they can begin applying that day.

I am experienced in treating

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Phobias
  • Bipolar
  • Addictions
  • Loss & Grief Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Life Transitions
  • Marriage and Couples Counseling
  • Codependency
  • Relationship Conflicts
  • Abuse & Trauma
  • Chronic Pain & Autoimmune Disorders
  • First Responders
  • Christian Counseling
  • Chronic Mental Illness and Psychosis
I am also a writer and a national speaker.  My husband and I have authored several monthly law enforcement magazine columns.  We also travel the country to speak about morals, ethics, emotional self-care, marriage, relationships, and maintaining a healthy work/life balance. My treatment modalities are diverse since one size does not fit all:
  • Behavior Modification
  • CBT
  • Client-Centered
  • DBT
  • Completed Level 1 from John Gottman
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychoeducation
  • Solution-focused
  • Strength’s Based
  • Neuroplasticity
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Mike Wasilewski, LCSW

Child, adolescent, adult and couples psychotherapist, freelance writer

I am a constant researcher combining traditional and current modalities into my treatment style.  I am well versed in DBT, CBT, Solution-focused, Psychodynamic, ACT, Client-Centered, and The Gottman Method. My wife, Althea Olson, and I have co-authored several monthly columns for law enforcement publications and traveled the country as police trainers and keynote speakers.

Humor Heals

My clients describe me as accepting, compassionate, and kind, yet direct and able to get to the heart of a complex issue with simplicity, providing solutions they can begin implementing that day. As a seasoned first responder, I have seen it all and know how hard life can be. I know everyone carries pain and it can be difficult t find your way out. I am here to help you on your journey so that you can make the changes needed to live the life you desire. 

Personalized Experience

I love using humor in my work with clients. They often describe me as accepting, compassionate, kind, direct, able to get to the heart of a complex issue, and funny. Maybe it’s my experience as a police officer. When you’ve seen people at the very best and very worst, you learn to truly appreciate this gift of life we’ve been given. I want all of my clients to have that experience. As a retired first responder, I also know everyone carries pain. It can be difficult to find a way out.  I am here to help clients on their journey so that they can make the changes needed to live the life they desire.

I work with adolescents, adults, and couples specializing in:

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/OCD
  • Bipolar
  • Chronic Mental Illness
  • Co-dependency
  • Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma/Job Burnout
  • First Responders
  • Impulse Disorders
  • Life Transitions
  • Long term and situational depression
  • Loss & Grief
  • Parenting Issues
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias and Social Anxiety
  • Relationship Conflicts
  • School Refusal and Anxiety
  • Trauma/Abuse
  • Work/Life Balance
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Dylan Bloom, Pre-Licensed Professional

Child, Adolescent and adult psychotherapy

Taking A Holistic View of Each Client

The Best Feeling for Me Is Another’s Success

As a catcher and team captain for a conference championship collegiate baseball team, I have developed valuable skillsets that translate well into my role as a MSW level intern therapist. As a catcher, I needed to visualize the entire playing field, seeing the minute details before me to help orchestrate the action that best benefited my team. As captain, I worked to integrate and balance everyone’s individual strengths and weaknesses to cohesively pursue a shared goal of winning. Likewise, a therapist needs to be able to see all aspects of a person to create a bond and guide them to success.

 

A good therapist looks at all the parts of their client and, with a wide scope of vision, helps guide them to their goals.  My goal is to find the strengths a person possesses and guide them in techniques to define and overcome obstacles hindering their emotional and relational wellness.  Together, we will come up with strategies to achieve their goals.

My teammates and friends describe me as compassionate, caring, mellow, humorous, and genuine. A strong sense of humor is one of my own strengths, and I intend to work with clients in a light-hearted way to reach serious objectives. Every client is different, with different experiences and needs. I aim to help clients in the best way that suits THEM.

My approach is “team first”, and I pull from the modalities of DBT, CBT, Psychodynamic, Client-Centered, Strengths Based, Problem-Solving, Play Therapy, and Solution Focused. Having a diverse toolbox of interventions sets my clients up for success.

I work with children, adolescents, adults, and couples, treating:

 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • School Refusal
  • School Anxiety
  • Sports Performance 
  • OCD
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Personality Disorders
  • Burnout/Compassion Fatigue
  • College Students
  • Peer Pressure
  • Life Transactions
  • Social Skill Development
  • Relationship issues
  • Anger Management
  • Loss/Greif
  • Bipolar
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Dwayne English, Pre-Licensed Professional

Child, adolescent, adult and couples psychotherapy

Courage and Strength come when we allow others to walk alongside us

With over 20 years serving people in their most vulnerable and terrifying moments, I take pride in my ability to treat them with the care, compassion, and dignity they need to regain the hope that felt lost.  I have learned it is never too late to do the next right thing, even in our darkest moments, to create better days ahead. 

As a first responder in law enforcement, I am aware of the impact of repeated trauma on the psyche and that asking for help is one of the bravest and scariest choices we can make.  As a counselor I am committed to being a lighthouse for those navigating rough waters. I am dedicated to creating a safe and judgement free space where we can tackle any obstacles that block emotional and relationship wellness.

Experienced, Steady, and Calm when Life is Most Challenging.

People describe me as steady, kind, accepting, warm, collaborative, and eager to find solutions you can begin
implementing right away. In the midst of chaos, I can find a simple actionable plan with easy to follow steps to achieve your desired goals. As a father of a special needs child, I understand the challenges of juggling emotional self-care, family, and professional career. I also understand how to build resilience.

I work with children, adolescents, adults, first responders, and the military.

My therapeutic toolbox is as diverse as the people I serve.  I draw from DBT, CBT, Client Centered, Strengths Perspective, Play Therapy, Informed Trauma Consent, Attachment Theories, and Gottman Method to work with:

 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • School Refusal
  • School Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder
  • OCD
  • Sports Performance
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Personality Disorders
  • Burnout/Compassion Fatigue
  • College Students
  • Peer Pressure
  • Life Transitions
  • LGBTQA+
  • Social Skill Development
  • Relationship Issues Anger 
  • Management
  • Loss/Grief 
  • Bipolar
  • Executive Coaching 
  • First Responders
  • Military
  • Parent Coaching

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