olivia harjadi, Ba
master's student in counseling
supervised by abida minhas, lpc-S
Olivia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Since graduating, she has worked as a kindergarten teacher in an inner city school, and as a Social Emotional Learning Specialist at a non-profit organization that works with refugee children. After working with children and families that have encountered trauma and after seeing how much these experiences have affected their identity and lives, she has developed a desire to walk through the process of healing with people on a deeper level. She is currently pusuing a Master of Arts in Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Olivia’s counseling process combines an interpersonal, person-centered approach with the addition of Gestalt and Emotion-Focused techniques. She believes that every client has a natural tendency to work towards wholeness and integration. The client-counselor relationship is the vehicle of change that will provide a safe environment for healing to begin and occur. Each client will be met with empathy and unconditional positive regard.
Some of Olivia’s practice includes anxiety, trauma, attachment theory, family systems, and identity development. She has been trained in various methods including play therapy, group therapy, and counseling specific to trauma-related issues.
Olivia recognizes that it is an honor and privilege to be allowed into a space of deep honesty and vulnerability by the clients she sees, and hopes to create client-counselor relationships founded on trust, safety, and understanding. Her goal is to meet her clients where they are at, developing individualized treatment plans that will help them understand themselves and their relationships more.