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The Healing Power of Girlfriends
Deborah Olson teaches women how to create their best life through female connections.

How do you keep friendships alive when you live across the country from each other now? Deborah shares four tips to assure you can stay closely connected to your dear girlfriends, despite the distance!

Deborah has moved to many states across the U.S. and has been able to maintain close friendships for decades. As a women’s emotional health specialist, she’s provided counseling for women about friendships for nearly two decades.

Her book, The Healing Power of Girlfriends, and workshops teach women the three pillars of healthy friendships, how friendships lead to longevity, health, happiness, and well-being, how to nurture female friendships, and how to create new ones. “It helped me to analyze my friendships and weed out the toxic ones and truly cherish others.” – K. D.

  • Plan a weekend GIRLFRIEND GETAWAY!
  • Use social media to supplement and enhance your friendship connections, but NOT to replace REAL LIFE – REAL TIME relating.
  • Seniors 80 years and up who have fun with friends and enjoy a meaningful social life stay healthier, happier, and younger longer! They are our “SUPERAGERS”!

5 tips to making new friends at any AGE or STAGE:

      1. Be willing to put yourself out there and risk a little— what have you got to lose but new amazing girlfriends you will never meet if you don’t try?
      2. Say “YES” to invitations when they come, you never know who you may meet at events you are invited to, it may be your next best friend.
      3. Look for group meet-ups in your area that would be potential places to meet new friends. Whether it is a new wine group, book club, bible study, travel club, knitting group, or cooking class, or cycle club, there are lots of opportunities out there to meet other amazing female friends, just reach out and find your niche and your tribe!
      4. A great place to make new friends can be the friends of our own friends! If you are invited to a party where you have a chance to meet new friends, often times, the friends of our own friends are people we have lots in common with. So be open to connecting with potential new girlfriends when you attend these meet-ups.
      5. Remember that it is very possible that there is a girlfriend out there who is also looking for YOU! Yes, for real, she is wanting a new friend and is hoping to meet someone special just like YOU! Don’t keep her waiting — get out there— get in the game of life and GO FOR IT!

Deborah A. Olson, RN, MA, LPC, a women’s emotional health specialist & author, has provided counseling services for nearly two decades in the greater Houston, Texas, area. She offers life enrichment seminars and retreats and provides hands-on solutions to enhance life in meaningful, purposeful and emotionally healthy ways. She is a registered nurse and licensed professional counselor. She also holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Sam Houston State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of St. Thomas.

Interview Questions:

      1. What were the factors that made you decide to write this book, The Healing Power of Girlfriends?
      2. What makes this book unique from other books on female friendship?
      3. In what ways does this book lay a foundation for the power of sisterhood?
      4. You did your own unique and original research to gather information for the book. Tell us about that.
      5. What has been your biggest surprise about people’s reaction to your book?
      6. What are 2 take-aways from your book that you are hoping people will embrace?
      7. What do you want to accomplish with your book?
      8. Tell us about the workshops or events you offer.

BIOS:

Radio Bio
Where do you turn to for advice on female friendships? Deborah Olson is a women’s emotional health specialist & author of The Healing Power of Girlfriends: How to Create Your Best Life Through Female Connection. Deborah has provided counseling services for nearly two decades and offers seminars, retreats, and hands-on solutions to enhance life in meaningful, purposeful and emotionally healthy ways. Deborah, what’s the most important thing we can do right now to avoid toxic friendships?

Short Bio
Deborah Olson is a women’s emotional health specialist & author of The Healing Power of Girlfriends: How to Create Your Best Life Through Female Connection. Olson has provided counseling services for nearly two decades in the greater Houston, Texas, area. She offers life enrichment seminars and retreats and provides hands-on solutions to enhance life in meaningful, purposeful and emotionally healthy ways. She is a registered nurse and licensed professional counselor. She also holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Sam Houston State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of St. Thomas.

Full-length Bio
Deborah Olson is a women’s emotional health specialist and author of The Healing Power of Girlfriends: How to Create Your Best Life Through Female Connection. She has counseled women for nearly two decades in women’s issues, parenting concerns, and marital struggles. She offers life enrichment seminars and retreats and provides hands-on solutions to enhance life in meaningful, purposeful, and emotionally healthy ways. Her workshops are specially designed for women, and topics include depression, anxiety, life transition issues, empowerment, parenting matters, and romantic relationship problems.
As a mother of four adult children, Olson knows firsthand the challenges women face while balancing the many roles of mother, wife, and professional. She is keenly aware of the struggles that couples face in their marital relationships, and after being married for 40 years, she understands the hard work involved in keeping a marriage healthy.
Olson holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Sam Houston State University.

She lives with her husband in a suburb of Houston, Texas. The mother of two daughters and two sons, she is also the proud grandmother of five and a frequent pet sitter for two granddogs. Her favorite leisure activities are spending time at the beach, shelling, boating, traveling, scrapbooking, golfing, writing, and being with her family.

 

MEDIA & PRESS / CONTACT INFO

 

Readers’ Favorite

May 16, 2020
Reviewed by Christina Hamlett for Readers’ Favorite

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-healing-power-of-girlfriends
     
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Brummet’s Conscious Blog

May 6, 2020

https://consciousdiscussions.blogspot.com/2020/05/author-interview.html

   


 

LIVE with Carol Blonder, Independent Talk 1100 KFNX

April 30, 2020

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Deborah Olson, Author, The Healing Power of Girlfriends.

Deborah was Live with Carol Blonder on her radio talk show to discuss her book, “The Healing Power of Girlfriends”. Independent Talk 1100 KFNX.

 


 

Cass McCrory Podcast

April 23, 2020
Creating Connection with Friends and Ourselves with Deborah Olson

Cass McCrory Podcast
         

https://cassmccrory.com/creating-connection-with-friends-and-within-ourselves-with-deborah-olson/

   


 

Thrive Global

April 16, 2020
Close Relationships Can Buffer the Negative Effects of Stress in a Crisis

Thrive Global.
     

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/close-relationships-can-buffer-the-negative-effects-of-stress-in-a-crisis/

   


 

Thrive Global

March 16, 2020
Friendships Promote Emotional Well-Being During Anxious Times

Thrive Global.
     

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/friendships-promote-emotional-well-being-during-anxious-times/

   


 

NonFiction Book Awards Bronze Winner

March 11, 2020

Non fiction book awards bronze winner.

   


 

Nextdoor Blog

March 4, 2020
Celebrating Women in the Neighborhood

Nextdoor Blog.
     

https://blog.nextdoor.com/2020/03/04/celebrating-women-in-the-neighborhood/

   


 

Thrive Global

February 26, 2020
Making New Friends IRL (In Real Life) When You’re a Boomer

Thrive Global.
     

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/making-new-friends-irl-in-real-life-when-youre-a-boomer/

   


 

Publishers Weekly Review

February 2020

Publishers Weekly.
 
https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781733701006

   


 

LIVE with Carol Blonder, Independent Talk 1100 KFNX

February 7, 2020

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Deborah Olson, Author, The Healing Power of Girlfriends.

Deborah was Live with Carol Blonder on her radio talk show to discuss her book, “The Healing Power of Girlfriends”. Independent Talk 1100 KFNX.

 


 

The Dr. Zoe Show

February 4, 2020

The Dr Zoe Show.

   


 

Back2Basics Podcast – Leticia Latino

January 20, 2020

Deborah Olson, The Healing Power of Girlfriends.

   


 

The Kelly Williams Show

January 15, 2020

 


 

Ep:60: Why Should I Invest in Good Girlfriends?

December 2, 2019

 

Why Should I? A Podcast for Women with Holly Ybarrola
LISTEN »This episode is available for download in iTunes and Spotify!

Why Should I? A Podcast for Women.

 


 

Heart Centered Women TV – Charlotte Howard

November 7, 2019

Heart Centered Women TV.

http://heartcenteredwomenpublishing.com/tv-2/

 


 

HERStory Makers with Christina Wells and Deborah Olson

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

A DAY OF INSPIRATION, CONNECTION & EMPOWERMENT

 


 

LIVE with Carol Blonder, Independent Talk 1100 KFNX

October 29, 2019

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Deborah Olson, Author, The Healing Power of Girlfriends.

Deborah was Live with Carol Blonder on her radio talk show to discuss her book, “The Healing Power of Girlfriends”. Independent Talk 1100 KFNX.

 

 


 

24 Valuable Books For Women To Read – #16!

August 21, 2019

Fupping.

https://fupping.com/jacobjacobowitz/2019/06/07/24-valuable-books-for-women-to-read/

 


 

THE AUTHOR SHOW – Linda Thompson

August 19, 2019

The Authors Show

 


 

READER REVIEWS, by Carol Hoyer

August 19, 2019

Reader Reviews.
Having just moved to a new state and new neighborhood, I found Deborah A. Olson’s, “The Healing Power of Girlfriends: How to Create Your Best Life Through Female Connection,” to be just what I needed. After living in our old state for thirty-five years, I left some very close and cherished friends behind. While I have met some great ladies here, I quickly learned who can be trusted, non-judgmental and have the same interests I have.
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RADIO KAIR, EAST TEXAS TALK – Diane Blanco

August 18, 2019

Radio KAIR.

 


Great Day Houston

August 1, 2019

 


 

Conversations LIVE – Cyrus Webb, Blog Talk Radio

July 30, 2019

 


 

W4WN.com – Radio Toni – Host Toni Lontis, Australia

July 25, 2019

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Interview starts at 17:45
Intermission return at 53:19

 


 

Donna Seebo Show – Internet Radio Show, Washington

July 22, 2019

Donna Seebo Radio Show.

Deborah Olson, Speaking Engagements.
Radio interview on July 22, 2019 with Donna Seebo on her Donna Seebo Radio Show.

 


 

Nebraska Methodist College Alumni Association (NMC) Fan Event: SOCIAL HOUR, DINNER, BOOK DISCUSSION & SIGNING

June 26, 2019
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Houston Author Publishes Book on Friendships

June 17, 2019
The Houston Chronicle
By Rebecca Hazen, Staff writer

Deborah Olson has recently published the book “The Healing Power of Girlfriends.” Olson is a Women’s Emotional Health specialist and works with Galleria Counseling & Consulting in Houston.
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Live with Lidia

June 8, 2019
The Salted Hippie Boutique

An in-depth chat and interview with Author of The Healing Power of Girlfriends: How to Create Your Best Life Through Female Connection, Deborah Olson.
Deborah, an RN, MA, LPC, has found and written an incredible guide to the healing that an authentic connection and bond to your girlfriends can have on you.

 


 

Improve Her Health

By Eve O’Rourke
Contributor: Deborah Olson, M.A. LPC, Author
June 2019

The Most Invaluable Self-Help Books for Women Part 2.

See Article, listed as #12! »

 


 

Interview with Ausoma, June 5, 2019

 


 

Independent Talk 1100 KFNX, June 4, 2019

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Radio interview on April 26, 2019 with Carol Blonder, Independent Talk 1100 KFNX.

 

 


 

Chicago Tribune, March 15, 2019

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Contact Info

Deborah Olson

Email: dolson@galleriacounseling.com
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Testimonials
“Thanks for coming to inspire our Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group. First, just hearing your story gave them great hope for finding purpose and living meaningful lives during the intense mothering they are immersed in at this stage of life. Also, encouraging them to focus attention on female friendships when they feel so stretched already between husbands and multiple children was so important because too often letting friendships go is the default mentality. Most of the moms are realizing that they need good girlfriends and with your book and MOPS they can start developing some lasting ones according to your Friendship framework. Thanks so much for sharing with us!
– Dot Chapman, MOPS.org

 

“I heard the author speak at a local event and even though I am in the counseling field, I heard some new ideas about female friendship that I had not ever considered.”
– Diane B.

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If you would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment - email Ms. Olson.