Dr. Katarina Olea

(PhD, LPC)
Therapist Dr. Katarina Olea Photo

About Me

Hi!
My name is Katarina and love helping people. I have been working in the counseling field for over 16 years and have had the opportunity to be in a variety of settings.
I have worked in the school setting, hospital settings, community agencies and a state prison. Each area has helped me to expand my knowledge and expertise, especially as it relates to managing stress, anxiety, depression, and being healthy overall. I am passionate about people being able to live their best lives. In counseling I emphasize how taking care of yourself can influence your mood and stress.
I have a Master's in Counseling and a Doctorate degree in Behavioral Health and I am licensed in Arizona.
For fun I like to spend time with my family and friends and I like to run.

Let the Journey Begin.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Anger management
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 16

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

Licensing

LPC #15552 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

Written by A.L. on Sep 29, 2021 after therapy with Katarina for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Dr. Olea is so great. She's been very patient and understanding. This is my first time ever trying therapy and I really appreciate that she let's me have complete control of how I go about this!

Written by C.H. on Sep 06, 2021 after therapy with Katarina for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I worked with Dr Olea for several months on some job and personal life related issues and choices that I was battling and causes stress and anxiety. She is always very professional and objective and asked great questions to help me get to the decisions I needed to make. She also helped me dig into some of the repeated issues we discovered and ways to work on them. I look forward to working with Dr Olea again!

Written by B.R. on Aug 02, 2021 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Professional and easy communication. I have only been with better help a couple of weeks now, but I'm confident in Dr. Olea. So far my days are more inspiring and positive. I recommend Dr. Olea and appreciate all she has done to help me and look forward to my future sessions with her.

Written by D.A. on Jul 15, 2021 after therapy with Katarina for 2 months on issues concerning eating disorders

I appreciate Dr. Olea’s patients and persistent with me. I think and feel that she has been an excellent guide for me to discover the roots of my condition and has provided useful advice for my forward progress. Dr. Olea makes me feel supported and valued.

Written by B.R. on Jun 09, 2021 after therapy with Katarina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Dr. Olea is amazing! She has helped me find the best ways to cope and deal with my anxiety. She also has given me homework on how to be nicer to myself. She checks on me throughout the week and which reminds me I’m not alone. I always feel better after talking with her.

Written by M.A. on Jun 08, 2021 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks

I've never done anything like this before even though it's long overdue. I had a lot of concerns about counseling and it's been great so far. I'm new to this but I think dr. Olea is making a great improvement in my life. Looking forward to our private session tomorrow morning.

Written by I.R. on May 05, 2021 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Dr Olea is great. She has helped me deal with acute symptoms by giving me proactive steps I can take to get better immediately. She has been the best therapist I have ever had.

Written by H.A. on Apr 13, 2021 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Dr. Olea is very smart and has a calming way that really helps during moments of stress or crisis. I have enjoyed meeting with her and excited to continue spending time working and attending sessions with her.

Written by T.H. on Apr 05, 2021 after therapy with Katarina for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and adhd

I have loved working with Dr. Olea. She has been wonderful at listening and creating a safe space for me to open up and explore my emotions. This has been a challenging year — I am beyond grateful to have had Dr. Olea coach me through all the highs and lows ❤️

Written by T.O. on Feb 01, 2021 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning coaching, and adhd

So far i am very happy with Dr. Olea. She sends me a lot of messages, she is kind but also sharp and know how to ask me the right questions. I am only in the beginning of my journey with her but i fully intent to stick with her and i am very confident that she will guide me along the way. She's great!

Written by K.C. on Dec 17, 2020 after therapy with Katarina for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dr. Olea is supportive, responsive and professional. I haven’t been in contact for about a year now but she was the first person I thought about when I needed someone to help me work through my issues. I look forward to our continued working relationship.

Written by J.E. on Nov 30, 2020 after therapy with Katarina for 10 months on issues concerning family conflicts, anger management, and coping with life changes

I really like to be able to "talk" with her. I haven't done any therapy in a while.

Written by B.R. on Jul 26, 2020 after therapy with Katarina for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Dr. Olea is very understanding and patient. She's always willing to listen and help with goal setting. I'm very happy to have her as mycounselor!

Written by K.E. on May 26, 2020 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

I appreciate how kind and attentive she is, she genuinely cares about what I’m saying and gives ideas and concepts to help!

Written by T.R. on Dec 03, 2019 after therapy with Katarina for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

It gives me peace of mind knowing that I can always contact Dr Olea when I am struggling. She gives me great advice and a different perspective. Very pleased!

Written by K.E. on Sep 18, 2019 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

It's been a very short time since I started, however, she has been excellent! I love the videos and she is very knowledgeable!

Written by K.R. on Jun 26, 2019 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning lgbt, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

Dr. Olea is a caring, warm person who always makes me feel accepted and respected, no matter what I share with her. She responds quickly with helpful advice, and I feel comfortable working with her in therapy.

Written by L.I. on Jun 11, 2019 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

I’ve only been working with Dr. Olea for a couple weeks but in that short time I feel I’ve made progress in ways I have not been able to do with other therapists I’ve had in the past. She is professional, she answers messages consistently, takes the time to read my journal entries and sometimes lengthy messages so that we can have very productive sessions and in general she has a very soothing demeanor. I felt immediately comfortable with her which is rare. I’m so glad I found her and BetterHelp, it’s truly changed my life in ways I was not expecting.

Written by K.A. on May 31, 2019 after therapy with Katarina for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

Dr. Olea continues to surpass my expectations as she is not judgmental, she is proactive and has forward momentum in helping me.

Written by T.A. on May 16, 2019 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and adhd

Dr. Olea has really taken her time to understand my concerns and what I need help with. Her aura and calmness really helps too when she responds to my messages especially when sending a video. Thank you, Dr. Olea!

Written by N.I. on Mar 31, 2019 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes

Very helpful!

Written by J.A. on Feb 25, 2019 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, and grief

Dr. Olea is the sweetest. She is so understanding and compassionate she makes the conversations much easier since I tend to hold things in but she gives you that comfort and makes it easier to express to her how you’re feeling.

Written by A.L. on Feb 11, 2019 after therapy with Katarina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Dr. Olea is excellent with her feedback and very timely in her responses.

Written by T.O. on Dec 10, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

She’s excellent.

Written by J.A. on Nov 09, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Dr Olea is an excellent counselor she’s a great listener and grasps situations and asks good questions when and where needed I can recommend her easily to anyone for any issues a person may be dealing with. She has and demonstrates genuine concern.

Written by L.U. on Oct 24, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Thank you BetterHelp for the easy access to the understanding of my emotions!

Written by D.E. on Oct 11, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

As someone who has been on the other side of listening to those in spiritual distress, I can say with confidence Dr. Olea is a fantastic listener whose approach is simple and focused. Great assest to this company and humanity.

Written by N.I. on Oct 02, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Without her expertise I don’t believe I would have come this far . She has helped me through the grieving process and continues to do so

Written by K.E. on Aug 22, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related

Dr. Olea has had a profound impact in my life. Keeping me accountable and listening to everything I go through, guiding me through rough times. I am so glad to have her on my corner, Thank You Dr. Olea for being amazing and giving people like myself hope for a better life!

Written by J.A. on Aug 15, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and grief

I absolutely adore Dr. Olea! She is honest, listens, and does everything to understand your issues. I am so happy to have her in my corner.

Written by D.I. on Aug 11, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and intimacy-related

Dr. Olea is wonderful! She has a really genuine and kind energy. She’s very timely and always full of great feedback. I enjoy working with her!

Written by T.I. on Jul 30, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Dr. Olea is great. She seems to genuinely care and she provides techniques to deal with stress. I would highly recommend her.

Written by C.A. on Jul 25, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, and self esteem

Dr. Olea has been extremely helpful for these first few weeks! She was able to immediately recognize any issues I was having and has been great at giving me suggestions on how to work through any difficulties in my life, and she’s been really great at giving me multiple options. I would definitely recommend her to a friend!

Written by A.L. on Jul 18, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, and self esteem

I am grateful for all Dr Olea has done for me. Dr Olea has helped me a lot in just a couple sessions.

Written by M.I. on Jul 06, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

Dr. Olea is incredibly caring and supportive. In the few short weeks I've worked with her she has given me tools to use to overcome my issues and I feel like I am making progress.

Written by H.E. on Jul 06, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

I have spent 3+ years in face to face therapy of all different kinds. I made the most progress in DBT and "graduated" from that a year or so ago. I realized that I needed someone that I could talk through things with sometimes still though.

Living with Borderline Personality Disorder is an ongoing struggle and although I have many skills from DBT, my emotions are a roller coaster and I don't always think through things in the most productive way. BPD has a bad stigma, and I have encountered many people, and even professionals, that do not want to work with anyone with BPD. It is such a struggle to deal with this.

When I joined BetterHelp, I knew I had to find someone up front that understood BPD and was willing to work with me. I was assigned to a couple people with limited to no experience with BPD or DBT, and then I found Dr. Olea. She was immediately willing to work with me and made it a very positive experience. I feel that this is the best type of therapy for my life right now. I don't need an hour a week face to face but consistent check-ins and accountability is helping me so much! I am thankful for Dr. Olea accepting me and providing me with a more than positive experience.

Written by S.A. on Jul 05, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and anger

She's great!

Written by B.E. on Jul 03, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and grief

Dr. Olea has already helped me in my day-to-day life and is chipping away at deeper issues that I may not have ever realized. Her patience, kindness, and attentiveness have opened me up to something that I never would have expected.

Written by J.A. on Jun 21, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Dr. Olea is a professional, kind, and caring therapist who clearly wants her patients to succeed. She is supportive and has been a great help.

Written by M.E. on Jun 19, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and bipolar

I have already recommended Better Health Counseling to a friend who needed counseling services. Dr. Olea goes above and beyond what she has to do or what is requested. She will write me a message asking me how I'm doing or record a short message for me telling me that she hopes I had a great weekend. She is very talented at helping me look at my life in a positive way, while never dismissing my feelings or my situation. I was going to try this site for a month and then reevaluate. Dr. Olea is the reason I stayed on the site.

Written by K.E. on Jun 15, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and anger

From day one I feel like Dr. Olea and the BetterHelp app have benefited me. When first hearing about the app, I was dealing with emotions I couldn't control in the morning and these feelings of failure I couldn't get out of my head. I can't say I'm completely "fixed" but I feel more and more like MYSELF everyday. I was not paid to write this, this is truly how I feel. I'm excited for the days ahead now and know I have more support then I ever realized to reach my goals. Thank you for the support in these times that I feel lonely and lost.

Written by J.I. on Jun 14, 2018 after therapy with Katarina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and eating

Dr. Olea is very professional and helpful. I feel like she does her best to help me better myself and that she genuinely wants to help. Highly recommend.