Women’s therapist and counselor


Atlanta Women’s Therapist & Counselor, Melissa Lester Olson, specializes in Women’s Issues, Trauma Resolution, Family of Origin, Binge Eating and Emotional Eating Disorders, LGBTQ Issues, Coming Out Later in Life, Relationship Issues, Career Challenges, Depression, Anxiety and Stress.

Welcome.  My practice is a combination of talk and body-focused therapies with a strong focus on mind-body connections and trauma resolution methods.  These include Meditation (Taoist) and Mindfulness, EFT Tapping, Hypnosis and other neurologically effective trauma resolution methods.  My work is deeply meaningful to me and I am committed to providing you with the best therapy experience possible.

For details regarding my fees, how insurance reimbursement works, Superbill processes, scheduling an appointment, and my cancellation policy please, click here.

Because the work I do incorporates body-focused approaches, as well as use of the unconscious, you will benefit from the most current and most effective therapies available.  Perhaps best of all, the skills we use together are skills you can also use on your own.

My own Meditation practice has helped me connect more deeply and more meaningfully with my Self and in relationship with others.  A simple meditation practice can change the way you experience your Self, and the way you interact with Others and the World around you.  And the “harder” it is for you to meditate in the beginning, the more you will benefit from this practice.  No special poses, props or clothes.  Just you.  Exactly as you are.

My extensive EFT Tapping Training has transformed my work as a Therapist & Counselor.  EFT is a rapid and effective trauma therapy.  It is well-researched and recommended by primary care physicians, ENTs, neurologists, pain management specialists, mental health providers, life coaches, sports coaches and more.  I encourage you to ask questions, read the research, and experience EFT Tapping for yourself.  I am an EFT Trainer (NQT) certified by EFT International, and the Founder of TAPPING WORKS 501c3.  If you or your organization are curious about training in EFT Tapping, please reach out to me at melissa@melissalesterolson.com or at TappingWorks@yahoo.com.

I am trained in Clinical Hypnosis by both The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the Anxiety and Stress Management Institute, and am an active member of The Georgia Hypnosis Society.  I use Hypnosis in my practice as an adjunct to other therapy approaches.  While I do not use Hypnosis as a primary approach to therapy, I am happy to refer to you some highly skilled Hypnotherapists in the metro Atlanta area.  

My own Therapy, Meditation, Hypnosis and EFT journey of 25+ years is the “why” that gets me up in the morning.  Healing and wholeness is possible.  It is my reason for being an Atlanta Women’s Therapist and Counselor.  Your work is do-able.  

On a personal note, my own diverse cultural, religious and geographic background, and family struggles with medical illness and disability, mental illness, and alcohol and drug abuse make it imperative that I work with women of all shapes and sizes, cultures and religions, abilities and disabilities, ages and races, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic and occupational status.

So whether we work together with online therapy or in-office therapy or a combination of the two, I want you to know that real change is possible. 

I am a Member and Financial Supporter of:

Therapist and Counselor for Women in Atlanta GA Purple Chair

National Eating Disorder Association
National Organization for Women
American Civil Liberties Union
The Feminist Majority Foundation
Global Fund for Women
Higher Heights Leadership Fund
LGBTQ Therapist Resource
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Georgia Hypnosis Society
ACEP (Energy Psychology)
EFT International
Tapping Works 501c3

Also find me on:
Psychology Today
Therapy Den