Tajah Olson

BFA, MACP, Registered Clinical Counsellor #20342

Tajah Olson is currently accepting new clients.

Cognitive behavioural therapy
Emotion Focused Therapy for Relationships
Feminist therapy
Mindfulness practices
Humanistic approach
Dialectical behavioural therapy
Acceptance and commitment therapy
Gestalt therapy

Tajah (she/her) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She also holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Emily Carr Art & Design University and uses her art to empower other women who have struggled with self-identity. Tajah was born and raised in East Africa (Malawi) and also spent part of her life in Namibia. During her visits in malawi she has volunteered with Aids orphans and mentoring teen girls and boys in her home country Malawi.

Tajah believes that we have the answers to our questions as we know ourselves more than anyone else. She is here to understand you and provide guidance and support in areas you struggle with. Tajah takes pride in empowering and helping individuals to see their true potential as well as develop a healthy, positive and loving relationship with themselves. 

Adopted by her Canadian father, and living with her Canadian family in her first year in Canada – Tajah understands how leaving home and adapting to a new culture and country may cause homesickness, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, identity issues, depression, low self-esteem/confidence, feeling lost, lack of self-love, self-hate and detachment which can negatively impact us from living the life we want.

Tajah is trauma informed and inspired by counselling approaches that are person-centred, feminist and Gestalt focused.  She focuses on you as a whole person and uses tools like CBT and mindfulness meditation to help you achieve your goals. Tajah tries to understand you as who you are: your life experiences, along with your physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. 

Tajah focuses on building a transparent, comfortable, safe, and trustworthy relationship with you so you feel free to be yourself and safe-enough to share your emotions and struggles.

info@tajaholson.com

Tajah’s informed consent form can be found here.

What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?

I have had a variety of unique life experiences that allow me to empathise with almost anyone. I was born in poverty, experienced the trauma of a terrorist attack, and was adopted all before age 9. After moving to Canada at 16, I’ve resisted ongoing racism & discrimination, losing and finding identity, feeling homesick and shocked by cultural differences. One day I plan to finish my book.

What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?

My favourite thing about working closely with people every day is watching them and our therapeutic relationship grow and go through different stages to a point where they start to feel very relaxed with me as their therapist and can be vulnerable and share their struggles openly.

What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?

Self-acceptance. Moving to Canada was a big challenge for me. Nobody warned me about racism and discrimination etc. For many years, I felt like I didn’t fit in with any crowd. For years, I kept forcing myself to change the way I spoke, dressed and behaved. I hated how I looked and tried to change my accent so I could sound “Canadian.” Thankfully, my artwork brought me back to earth because It forced me to confront myself and my fears, and through this, I learned self-acceptance.

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