Dr. Christensen has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in private practice, nonprofit agencies, and schools since 1996 where she specializes with children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Christensen earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Adams State University in 1993, a Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 1996, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling in 1999 both from Idaho State University, a CACREP accredited program. In addition to serving as a full-time Professor in the Division of Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy (DCFT) at Regis University in Denver, CO since 2008, she also serves as an affiliate faculty member at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Christensen also provides professional trainings in play therapy throughout the US (eg. - Idaho, Texas, Oregon, Illinois, Louisiana, Virginia, Tennessee, and Montana) and Internationally (Italy, Ireland, and Ecuador). In fact, Dr. Christensen is the director of a Play Therapy Institute that takes place in Tuscany, Italy every Spring and presents on play therapy at a Counseling Institute in Dublin, Ireland every Summer. As a counselor and play therapist, Dr. Christensen operates from a few primary theoretical orientations including: Humanistic/Existential, Reality Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Relational/Systems theoretical perspectives. She enjoys using many creative modalities in her work with clients including: play, art, sandtray, games, music, bibliotherapy, drama, and nature-based techniques and interventions. While the majority of Dr. Christensen’s clients are children, adolescents, and families affected by abuse/trauma, divorce, and anxiety/depression, she also enjoys working with adult clients and has extensive experience with a variety of diverse populations. On her spare time, Dr. Christensen enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys travel, studying Italian, cycling/working out, and hiking. She currently resides in Evergreen.
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