Meet Our Team

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

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

Mike Wasilewski, LCSW

Psychotherapist, Author, & National Speaker

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 to 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

Meet Our Team