Frequently Asked Questions...
What kind of counseling is provided?
Professional counseling and psychotherapy to people struggling with a variety of issues including stress,
self-esteem, guilt, anger, depression, anxiety, grief, marital and family conflict, domestic violence and child
abuse, peer pressure and parenting, life changes, illness, spirituality, sexual orientation and more.

Whom do you see?
Individuals, couples, families and groups of all ages - adults, children and adolescents. Since families come
in all shapes and sizes, I work with single-parent families and step-families along with nuclear families.

How long is my session?
Sessions usually last 50 minutes. One and a half hour sessions can be scheduled upon request.

How often do I  attend counseling?
Most clients come once a week, especially at the beginning of therapy.   Extra sessions can be scheduled
based on need.

What approach to counseling do you use?
I use an eclectic approach to counseling which is based on your needs and concerns.  I see the purpose of counseling as a
process of empowering individuals, couples, adolescents, and families to grow and nurture various aspects of their lives.  I am
dedicated to providing sound, supportive services to help with the emotional, relational and spiritual dimensions of life's
challenges.  For those who are seeking pastoral counseling; resources of faith and the behavioral sciences in counseling. I draw
upon a variety of psychotherapeutic theoretical models and methodologies including psycho-dynamic, cognitive, behavioral,
gestalt, family systems and solution-focused.

What about your education, training and credentials?
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and offer psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, families and
adolescents.  I earned my MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University – Los Angeles.  My diverse background and wealth of
experience comes from working as a Therapist, Administrator and Chaplain/Pastor in CA, MN & TX.  In addition to my degree in
Clinical Psychology, I hold a Master of Divinity in Philosopgy/Theology from WTS, Dubuque, IA.  I also work with the Adult
Outpatient Program at Sharp Mesa Vista Psychiatric Hospital and have extensive experience with chronic mental illness.

I am the Past President of the San Diego Chapter of CA Marriage & Family Therapists, serving as President from 2006-2009.  I am
also a clinical member of both the State CAMFT Organization and American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists -
AAMFT.  I am affiliated with the ELCA and on the clergy roster of the Sierra Pacific Synod of the ELCA.  In San Diego, I am a
member of the Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA). I am certified to supervise both MFT and Social Work Interns.  

How does your Spirituality inform the counseling you provide?
I am committed to honoring each person's spiritual path and life process.  My spiritual understanding is to integrate the resources
of  counseling and faith as needed and requested by the client(s). This is what it means to take a holistic approach to personal
and family problems. People are accepted where they are and walk with them on a therapeutic journey to where they long to be.  I
recognize that while emotional and relational problems may have an underlying spiritual dimension to them, spiritual problems may
also have underlying emotional and relational dimensions.

Do you have to be Christian or Lutheran to receive counseling?
Absolutely Not - I work with people from all walks of life and from diverse faith traditions.  The uniqueness and diversity of each
person involved in counseling is honored as a resource for growth.  

What are your fees?
My fees are lower than average, because of the subsidies of local churches/organizations who feel that ALL people deserve the
opportunity for counseling, regardless of Creed, Culture, National Origin, Faith Tradition or Sexual Orientation.  The sliding fee
scale I offer is based on income and readiness for counseling.  

Do you accept insurance?
You may be reimbursed for counseling services by your Insurance company. If you have insurance, you will receive a "Super-bill"
billing statement to submit directly to your insurance company for reimbursement and that full payment of the fee for services
provided will be paid at each session.  I will work with you as you work with your insurance company to receive maximum benefits,
many people receive reimbursement of 80% of fees paid.

How can I make an appointment?
If you would like to make an appointment, you can contact me @ (619) 804-2914.  You may also email me with questions about the
services provided

What if I need to cancel my appointment?
You need to give a full 24 hours notice to cancel an appointment, otherwise you will be charged for the session.
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Brian Oltman, Psychotherapist
MA, M. Div., LMFT #41932

2231 Camino del Rio S. Suite #308 - 92108
Mailing Address: 1286 University Avenue #568 - 92103
San Diego, CA
I Can Help You:
  • Gain a better understanding of yourself
  • Explore personal goals and values
  • Develop skills for improving your relationships
  • Find resolution to the issues or concerns troubling you
  • Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Manage anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improve communications skills - learn how to listen to others, and have
    others listen to you
  • Break unhealthy patterns and develop new ones
  • Discover new ways to solve problems
  • Improve your self-esteem and self-confidence
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