Kirsten Christenson, MSW, LISCW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Location: Centerville

Biography

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My approach to therapy is from a strengths-based perspective that is centered on helping clients feel respected, valued, and understood.  I understand how intimidating and overwhelming it can be to walk in and “bare your soul” to a stranger.  Finding a therapist that you feel comfortable with and that you connect to is crucial to a positive therapy experience.  I believe in meeting people where they are at and that by doing so, I am empowering them to guide their own healing and recovery.  My work is enhanced by my ability to shift my treatment approach to that which best fits each of my clients.

I work primarily with individual adults and teens 13 years and older.  My areas of focus include anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, self-injurious behaviors, self-esteem issues, stress management, life transitions, relationship issues, brief solution-focused therapy, and crisis intervention.

Background

  • Master of Social Work, St. Catherine’s University/University of St. Thomas; Undergraduate degree in Human Services, Metropolitan State University
  • Clinical member of the National Association of Social Workers

State of Minnesota Licensure

LICSW #21720

Areas of Focus

Abuse/Violence, Academic Concerns, Acute Stress, Adolescents/Teens, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Borderline Personality, Conflict Resolution, Crisis Intervention, Critical Incident Debriefing, Depression/Mood Disorders, Dysfunctional Families, Grief/Loss, Infertility/Abortion Recovery, LGBTQ/Gender Issues, Men's/Women's Issues, Pregnancy/Post-Partum Depression, PTSD/Trauma, Rape/Sexual Abuse/Prostitution, Step Families, Suicide