Renée Olson, PT, MBA; Emotional Wellness Coach

I offer a safe space for you to be heard, seen, known. This will begin your healing. I offer an objective viewpoint to help you navigate through the things in your life that are not working for you and to help free yourself of those burdens. I have found that story work and trauma care has a way of softening the heart. My hope would be that you would find in our work together the better version of yourself that exists within you. You may find yourself less exhausted and more wholehearted. You may find yourself feeling a bit more free, more loving of yourself and with a greater understanding of who you are. You may find yourself living your life the way you ought to live, doing more things that you must do rather than what you should do.

After 35 years of caring for others in physical therapy, I now find myself drawn to caring for others through counsel and in particular through story work to help a person grow, heal, transform themselves into who they were called to be on this earth, to live a wholehearted life. 

My working life as a physical therapist taught me patience. It taught me problem solving, goal setting, and that I am capable of handling hard situations. In caring for others with bodily injuries, I came to realize that there is a strong connection between our hearts, minds, spirits, and bodies. The health of one area depends upon the health of another. Developing my ability to listen, communicate, and encourage became just as important for my patients as my technical ability as a PT. 

My MBA taught me finance and marketing, but it also taught me the importance of connectedness and relationship. I was exposed to people from all different business backgrounds. I was the only PT in the group. It was exciting to me as if the world was full of possibilities. I will always hold dear that time in my life. It made me feel accomplished and important. I think everyone should have a time in their lives where they get to feel that way. My MBA allowed me to co-manage a large and prestigious PT clinic in the heart of Chicago. Managing others who were previously my peers and who were extremely talented and intelligent tested my belief in myself as a competent leader. 

My training in trauma therapy teaches me that the body holds trauma.  My expertise as a physical therapist helps me link the work I do in PT with the way trauma expresses itself in the body.   I want to bring holistic healing to both the soul and body by engaging both.  Specifically I am focusing my current training on Myofascial Release and Craniosacral therapy.



I am married to Craig. I have three beautiful adult children: Danielle, Micheal, and Jordan. I also have a black labrador puppy named Jezebel Mae. My most favorite things to do is adventure cycling because it includes everything I love: physical exertion, travel, nature, camping, music, wine, food, coffee, yoga, poetry, and conversation. Of course, all of this is to me a taste of heaven and is best when shared with others. 


BS in Psychology from University of Illinois, 1982

BS in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, 1983

MBA from Northwestern University, 1992

Education related to narrative work:

Lay Counselor certificate from the Allender Center, 2017

Relational Development, 2017

Character Development, 2016

Journey 1 & 2, 2016

Facilitator of Character Development, 2016-2019

Open Hearts Ministry facilitator training, 2017-2018

Group facilitator and lead teacher team member of Journey 1 & 2, Current

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