Justin Olmstead, Intern


Areas of Specialty:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Couples and Families
  • Suicide and self-harm
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Dreams and nightmares
  • Distress from crisis in faith contexts

What did I need in a psychotherapist back when I was a client? I needed to know I could trust him with my family and my story. I was at my most vulnerable, so not just any stranger automatically deserved to share the details of my life. I also wanted him to offer something different than what a friend could. That is, I needed a competent specialist to help empower me to address life’s challenges. These two pillars—trust and professionalism—are what I sought in a therapist when I needed help. As an intern psychotherapist, it is my prayer and commitment to embody these pillars for you as all precious clients deserve.

I have been studying mental health counseling since 2017 and am currently finishing my Master of Science in marriage and family therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary in Phoenix, AZ. I plan to practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wayne State University, in Detroit, MI, and my first master’s degree is in Bible and theology from Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI.

As an intern psychotherapist building specialty, I pursue training in research-driven therapies. In my work, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Gottman Method Couples Therapy, which are among the best evidence-based approaches to treat relationships, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and trauma. A bit less common and also evidence-driven, I use the Hill Cognitive-Existential Model when client-centered work with dreams and nightmares is indicated in therapy.

On a personal note, I am a family man whose chief joy is discovering the fullness of what true fatherhood means and striving to fulfill my commitment as a husband. I am a hiker, an essayist, and I want to be a novelist; I enjoy good literature, cooking, and philosophy. I also learn biblical and modern languages for fun.

Contact Justin at (480) 668-8301 ext. 1031 or jolmstead@familystrategies.org.

“Our thoughts determine our lives.” – Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica