Gisella Arias-Olson

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Gisella Arias-Olson

MA, MFT

Maplewood , MN

Therapist

Gisella completed a Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate School, currently, she is pursuing full licensure through the state of Minnesota as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from Central University in San Jose, Costa Rica, and a BA Industrial Psychology at the same institution. She studied a BA in theology at SEMISUD seminary in Ecuador and Adolescent and Child Development studies with Compassion International.

Gisella enjoys working with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. She has extensive experience in working with individuals and families that are affected by adverse experiences. She utilizes a systemic approach to therapy, incorporating mind, body, and soul care.  Although Gisella works with clients on a variety of issues, her more specific areas of interest are:

  • Anxiety/Depression/Perfectionism
  • Communication & Conflict Resolution
  • Grief and Loss
  • Remarriage
  • Marital Distress, Infidelity Recovery, and Couple’s Conflict
  • Life Transitions
  • Young Adulthood.
  • Spiritual Relationship Growth
  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy
  • Self-image and Self-Esteem Issues
  • Early Childhood.
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Immigrant Experience/Multicultural Issues.

Gisella considers herself bicultural and bilingual with more than 20 years of experience providing counseling to Minnesota communities and in several countries of Latin America since she has worked as a missionary and as church planting pastor with organizations like Assemblies of God and Church of God.

What can you expect in therapy? Therapy is a special and safe place in which you can explore your own experiences. Your story is as unique as you are. Therefore, you are in charge, but you are not alone. One of Gisella’s strengths is to build a strong and stable therapeutic relationship with clients to be a companion through their discoveries.