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Why Driftwood?

I see Driftwood as an important metaphor for the growth process. Driftwood starts out in chaos, splintered pieces from some catastrophic event. It goes through a rough time in the water and survives the elements in order to be softened, strengthened, and changed. It still serves a purpose although not the originally intended one. Each piece comes out as unique after its experience and is often transformed into something even more beautiful. It always finds its way to shore.

Times of transition can be powerful as they make us question life. They can be gentle reminders that we need to be more mindful and not just go through the motions--- Or they can be red flags that how we are functioning is not working for us and it is time to make a change.

You will not be the same person you were before but this does not have to be negative. In fact, you may become more resilient in the end and understand and appreciate more of the human experience. I encourage you as you start the path towards change that you can come out of your experience whole! I hope to help you in this journey.


What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (more commonly called EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR has also been used and successful in helping to reduce symptoms for many other issues.

No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes frozen in time and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven't changed.  Such memories have a lasting negative  effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.

EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. 

See the EMDR International Association website at for more information.


Learn More About the Counseling Process at Driftwood.

Why Seek Therapy?

Therapy is a relationship like any other; it should create a safe place for us to explore our real selves. People come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Sometimes therapy isn't about making big changes or exploring past issues. It can be used to simply have a place to check-in and stay attuned to yourself. In this process you may be given suggestions or a therapist may help you explore different options but it's never appropriate to have opinions or advice forced upon you. A therapist will help you decide what is best for you because you are the only expert on your life. 

There is often a lot of stigma about going to counseling because there is still ignorance in our society. The reality is that tough things can happen to anyone, childhood issues don't resolve on their own, and as humans we are all imperfect. Is it worth it to keep your struggles to yourself and feel miserable? You can access support and learn how to move forward in your life. 

Therapy is an investment in yourself with long term benefits. The initial cost financially and energetically can be seen as daunting but it is important to remember how it can positively impact you in the long run. You can have a stronger sense of emotional well being, increase your capacity for resilience in the face of stress, have better sleep and overall health, improve relationships, and improve functioning at work. 

These articles are recommended to further understand why making the choice to enter into

counseling may be a helpful decision:

Huffington Post: 5 Ways Talk Therapy Can Help You

Help Guide: Finding a Therapist Who Can Help You Heal

Psych Central: Therapists Spill: 11 Myths About Therapy

Psychology Today: 5 Signs It's Time to Seek Therapy

Mind Body Green: Should You Be In Therapy? Here's How To Tell

Therapeutic Approach 

Hello! My name is Christina Jensen and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Addiction Counselor, and EMDR Certified Therapist.

I believe people do not need to be “fixed” in the counseling process because we are not inherently bad but are a product of what has happened to us. Counseling should help you understand who you are now because of your experiences so you can shed unnecessary shame and live fully.

Belonging is everything for humans and I strongly believe in the healing power of connection and community. Therapy and reflection are important because connection to others begins with connection to self; I see the mind and body as one intuitive force that guides us. Sometimes in the chaos of life we lose the ability to listen to ourselves and need guidance and support to come back to our inner strength and resourcefulness. Sometimes our past is present and it impacts our ability to function. If we grew up in a family where we did not learn how to be vulnerable and connect with others or it wasn't allowed or accepted, we can struggle later in life. However, growth from challenging life experiences is possible! 

Life is not as simple as black and white; we more often live in the complexity of grey. We tend to respond to life in ways that may make sense for the moment but not for the long term. We, as humans, are doing the best we can. When we go through something we may not know how to cope because our brain doesn’t understand it yet. Self-compassion can be hard and we may feel stuck. Negative thoughts about ourselves may creep in. This can lead to maladaptive coping skills that hinder our lives further. It is vital to figure out who you are outside of what anyone else thinks because self perception shapes how we see everything in life. My goal is to help you move past internalized messages about who you are and how you "should" behave so you can find your own truth. I help people learn how to feel comfortable in their own skin so they can relate within the world in a way that feels good--which is what happens when we are being authentic and others accept us for who we are. 

I have had many roles as a social worker and addiction counselor- typically as a case manager, advocate, clinician, or a mixture of all of the above. Much of my experience has been working in community mental health centers and within the criminal justice system (inside jails, prisons, interfacing with police departments and courts). I consider myself an integrative psychotherapist because my background is broad and I am able to apply a variety of modalities to help you achieve your goals in therapy. I also feel strongly that our brain and body are interconnected and I focus on helping people re-attune and become friends with their bodies and emotions again because they provide many messages to us. Everyone is unique, and I tailor our sessions based on your individual needs.  

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about my ability to help you with what is bringing you into counseling. Transformation happens when we feel understood and accepted without judgment; I strive to provide that space for you. I became a therapist because therapy changed my life- I would be honored to partner with you on this journey of self-exploration.