Kirsten Christenson,Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Kirsten Christenson,Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychotherapist, Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • HealthPartners
  • Hennepin Health
  • Medica (Minnesota)
  • Meritain Health
  • Optum
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • PreferredOne
  • Select Care
  • South Country Health Alliance
  • UCare
  • UMR
  • United Health Care
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Golden Valley, Minnesota 55426

My Approach to Helping

I understand how intimidating and overwhelming it can be to walk in and "bare your soul" to a stranger. It is my belief that in order to get what you need from your therapy experience you need to feel a connection with the therapist you are seeing. This 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 areas of focus include perinatal mood and anxiety struggles (pregnancy, post-partum), anxiety, depression, mood issues, suicidal ideation, self-injurious behaviors, self-esteem issues, stress management, life transitions, relationship issues, family of origin issues, parenting skills, women's issues, and chronic medical conditions. I work with individual adults and teens 16 years and older.

My approach to therapy is from an interpersonal process-oriented perspective that is centered around helping clients feel respected, valued, and understood. My work is enhanced by my ability to have healthy but not rigid boundaries as well as a sense of humor. I am able to go deep if you want to go deep, focus on “the here and now” as well as the “there and then,” and I am willing to give homework if you would like some.

I particularly love working with expecting or new moms or dads, parents with young children, and young adults experiencing the many life transitions and stressors of becoming an adult. As a mom myself, I know the real struggles that can come along with surviving anxiety and depression during the perinatal and postpartum period as well as the transition and lifelong impact of having children. I am trained in Maternal Mental Health through 2020 Moms and Postpartum Support International.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    My areas of focus include pregnancy and postpartum, life transitions, and relationships. 1 in 7 moms and 1 in 10 dads experience postpartum depression. You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you can feel better. If you are trying to conceive, expecting, or have a new baby, and need extra support, therapy can be a very helpful resource. Starting college, getting married, buying a house, starting a new transitions can be intense and overwhelming. We will talk about how to navigate these new challenges as well as how you can thrive. Relationships with family, friends, and partners often end up being rather challenging. In working together we will explore you feeling stuck or depressed, anxious or frustrated, and challenge what may have lead to this.

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

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