Olja Haglund

Olja Haglund


BA, Fan S Noli University, Teaching and Education

MSW, Grand Valley State University, Social Work


I am originally from Albania. I came to West Michigan in 2001 to pursue a Masters of Social Work degree as an international student at Grand Valley State University. Prior to coming to the United States, I enjoyed working as an interpreter, both in Albania and England. My personal and professional experiences have given me the opportunity to meet so many diverse people who have provided me with wonderful experiences and an appreciation for things that are new, different and unknown. I love doing this work because I love working and connecting with others. I believe that as individuals, we have the ability to grow and thrive when given unconditional acceptance, tools, and a positive environment. Appreciation for human diversity, multicultural experiences, and working with such a great team are some of the things that energize me in my work. The mission and values of Calvin College closely align with my own personal values, which makes this a great place to work. In terms of personal hobbies, I enjoy travelling, reading, and outdoor activities.

Professional experience

I started working at the Center for Counseling and Wellness in September 2016. My professional experience includes working as a clinician in different settings, including private practice, inpatient psychiatric and medical social work. In addition to working with individuals, I also have conducted group and couples therapy. I am a Licensed Masters Social Worker, as well as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Academic interests

I am very drawn to the student population and I am very passionate about working with international students. I speak Albanian and Italian fluently. Some of my therapeutic specialties include:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Mindfulness
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Co-occuring Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Coping skills
  • Anger management

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