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Deborah has authored numerous articles since becoming a mental health professional and she is a contributor to various publications that feature emotional health and wellness articles.  Here are some of the many works she has authored:

Deborah’s PUBLICATIONS:

WHAT MAKES A FRIENDSHIP LAST A LIFETIME? 5 EXPERTS TELL US THERE #1 TRICK

By KRISTINE FELLIZAR
Contributor: Deborah Olson, M.A. LPC
June 2018

With things like social media and texting, it may not seem like maintaining close friendships should be hard. But as many of us know, that’s far from reality. I recently had dinner with one of my best friends after over a year of making plans and canceling last minute. It became such a thing with us that her boyfriend called us out for being the flakiest people he knew.

The truth is, he wasn’t completely wrong. After all, we do live about 10 minutes away from each other. If we weren’t canceling plans for valid reasons, like being super tired or busy, we were open about the fact that we were just too lazy to hang out. If it had been anyone else in the world, that back-and-forth cycle of are we going to get together or not would’ve bothered me…a lot. Nobody has time for that, and my friend would probably say the same. Read More »

 


THE LIFESAVING GIFT OF FRIENDSHIP

By Deborah Olson, M.A. LPC
June 2018

FriendshipMany of us are still shocked by the recent deaths of two icons by suicide. The news underscores yet again how we do not always know the deep pain people are struggling with in their private worlds. How could it be possible that people who seem to be living life large are in such a dark place they would choose to end their lives?

As we grapple with this tragic news, we struggle to figure out what is going on in our world today. Suicide rates have been climbing higher each year, especially for women. The suicide rates for women rose 50 percent from 2000 to 2016 according to the National Center for Statistics.
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THE REAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A TOXIC FRIEND AND A GOOD FRIEND »

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HOW TO FIND HOPE IN THE MIDST OF LOSS

By Deborah Olson, M.A. LPC
November 20, 2017

Finding Hope within Disaster.The past months have left many of us reeling from natural disasters and the following aftermath. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as the numerous west coast fires, have left behind more than flooded or burned homes and cars and mountains of debris. It has also left its mark on our hearts and souls.

In the midst of the pain and agony caused by an extreme event orchestrated by Mother Nature, we have witnessed the best of humanity coming to the rescue. Whether watching television news or experiencing first hand the outpouring of compassion and love, we have been touched by the angels moving among us. It reminds us of the human connection we all share.
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6 WAYS TO STEP INTO SPRING (AND PUT A SPRING IN YOUR STEP!)

By Deborah Olson, M.A. LPC
March 12, 2015

6 Ways to Step into Spring and Put a Spring in Your Step!We all look forward to the first signs of spring. Whether it is the melting of snow revealing the first signs of green grass or the rainbow of colors dotting the hillside, we are brimming with anticipation and eagerness. Spring brings the promise of renewal, hope, and a return to longer days. It also provides the perfect opportunity to awaken our creative talents and infuse our souls with new energy and direction.

As a young child growing up on the Midwest plains, I remember the excitement of the first signs that the dark days of winter were history. The arrival of the first robin and the sprouting of tulips in the flowerbeds were proof that spring was here. It meant we could pack away the snow shovels and replace them with garden tools and lawn mowers. Read More »


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HUMANS: PERFECTLY IMPERFECT

By Deborah Olson, M.A. LPC
November 7, 2014

seashellsI recently took a bucket list trip to Sanibel Island, Florida. For many years I have read about this unique barrier island famous for its outstanding shelling. Since combing the shores for shells is one of my passions, I felt these beaches were calling my name.

My quest for ocean riches along the beach proved to be a glorious treasure hunt where each day I searched for the perfect shell. I collected many varieties of assorted shapes, sizes and colors. Some were unbroken and perfect with their intact edges and outlines, while others had a chip or a tiny hole that would definitely qualify it as broken.
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BE PREPARED: CRISIS ABC’s

By Deborah Olson, M.A. LPC
October 9, 2014
Crisis ABC's - Be Prepared.We would all agree that part of the human experience is dealing with the unknowns that are lurking around the corner. Unfortunately, we cannot always predict these circumstances nor prepare for their arrival. Dealing with crisis can be stressful, exhausting, anxiety provoking and overwhelming. They are capable of completely tapping us out and making us depressed over time.
So, how can we navigate these waters and survive with the fewest battle scars? Follow these ABCs of crisis management to promote a faster return to total wellness.


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NOURISH TO FLOURISH: 7 TIPS FOR FLOURISHING

By Deborah Olson, M.A. LPC
September 11, 2014

Lady smiling in grass.

Yes, eating a healthy diet packed with nutrients and
vitamins is important for maintaining a healthy body.
Yet, many of us neglect the vital ingredients
needed to sustain our mental health. Simply put,
we must nourish to flourish. In other words,
feed your soul as well as your body. These
activities will help you invigorate your
spirit and fuel your emotional wellbeing.


Deborah’s VIDEOS:

Hoarding Can Inhibit Life, Experts Say

ABC 13, November 15, 2009


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