Randy Olander, PhD
"I’m similar to the clients I work with in many ways. Before becoming a psychologist, I held numerous jobs as a warehouse worker, a cook, a salesman, a teacher, and a nurse. I began working in mental health in 1983, first as an assistant for hospitalized persons suffering from mental illness. I then became a psychiatric nurse assisting clients with the medications the psychiatrist prescribed. For the last 24 years, I have provided psychotherapy to hundreds of clients. I think my long time working as a therapist and my down-to-earth nature is what makes me different."
Life is this beautiful, chaotic, and sometimes painful experience we are all gifted with. When we encounter moments when life becomes difficult due to one thing or another, it is important to find a pathway of peace, hope and strength through our challenges. It often helps when someone—a professional person with a background is there to support you while you are looking for a way through. I would be privileged to have an opportunity to come alongside and help you find a path through the painful, chaotic times. Louisa May Alcott once said, “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” As we sail through life, it can help to have someone there helping to learn how thoughts, feelings, stress, depression, and anxiety impacts the calm still water within ourselves. If you choose to work with me, you will find I have an easy-going nature that accepts you for who you are and where you are at. I’ll work with your strengths and gifts that have helped in the past and, together, we will build from there. Some clients have shared that they find my style comforting and something that gives them hope, after feeling hopeless. I bring to your therapy experience over 35 years of background working in all aspects of mental health. Reach out to me, I’m happy to help.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Life Changes
MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS RESOURCES
(MY FAVORITE RECOMMENDATIONS)
For those who suffer with loss/meaninglessness - Viktor Frankl’s book: Man’s Search for Meaning.
Meditation - "Mindfulness for Beginners" by Jon Kabat Zinn and "The Silent Path" by Michal Eastcott
Wellness includes the acknowledgement of the beauty in life. Take up an artsy hobby like painting, woodworking, sculpting, or pick up a musical instrument, sing, or dance. Go to a gallery or museum. Do this, at some level, weekly.
Spend time away from the computer and video games—the phone too.
Find good, healthy food to eat. What we eat is literally who we are! If we over do on fast food, or overly processed food, our minds and moods suffer. Decrease coffee and other caffeine to watch the symptoms of stress fade.
Randy is a psychologist in Oregon. He has worked in mental health for 35 years. Randy has lots of experience helping adults, couples, families, and seniors struggling emotionally with stress. Randy also has a Master’s in Theology. He has experience helping with spiritual issues. Randy has an easy-going approach that helps clients feel okay talking about the meaningful issues in their lives.
Randy is a psychologist in Oregon. He has worked in mental health for 35 years. Randy has lots of experience helping adults, couples, families, and seniors struggling emotionally with stress.
- PhD in clinical Psychology from Fuller Seminary School of Psychology 2003
- Master’s degree in Theology from Fuller Seminary 1998
- B.A. Psychology Peperdine University 1987
- Restoring old cars
- Repairing old, broken, electronic items
- Electronic music
- Achieve Medical Center
- Member of the American Psychological Association