Olivia Widner, MC, LAC, NCC
Master of Counseling, Licensed Associate Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Pronouns: she/her/hers (What's This?)

“As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks—on your body or on your heart— are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”

– Anthony Bordain

My name is Olivia, I am a recent graduate of Arizona State University’s Master of Counseling program. At present, I am under the direct supervision of Dr. Sophia Murphy, DBH, LPC, CPT, working toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have experience using Family Systems Theory, Trauma-Informed care, and Humanistic theory. I hope to also integrate Psychodynamic theory into my orientation during my time with Dr. Murphy.

As a counselor, I believe healing is the process of returning to one’s authentic self. Through developing awareness of the marks left by life and suffering, we build the ability to transform them. With awareness of our values, strengths and innate capacities for growth, we become resourced to engage more fully in life. Using a warm, non-judgmental approach I hope to provide space for clients to develop self-awareness, challenge disempowering beliefs, shift relational patterns and foster life-affirming relationships.

In many ways, the culture we live in disconnects us from parts of ourselves that do not align with normative experiences and viewpoints. To live with authenticity in the context of our society can come with a degree of risk for many people. As a white woman, I am aware of the role white women have played throughout history in maintaining systems of colonialism and marginalization. I aim to practice from a non-defensive, conscious and
affirming stance. Outside of the therapeutic space, I orient with liberatory praxis as a vehicle for sustainable systemic change and healing.

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