Meet Christina Diesen
My “Philosophy of Care” is that we can harness our strengths and natural resiliencies to promote change.
Clinton County Office
110 North Main Street
Breese, Illinois 62230
Jefferson County Office
3600 Water Tower Pl.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Hello! I’m Chris
Did you know there could be more than one way of working through the challenges that life presents?
“When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change” is a quote I return to time and again as it rings true to me and to those I have the honor of sitting next to as they do their work of healing the hidden wounds that have come as a result of many struggles, some recognizable and some not near as clear. I believe, as Dr. Bessel van der Kolk refers to in his book titled “The Body Keeps the Score,” that the symptoms of our hidden psychological and emotional wounds often manifest in bodily symptoms.
In our mainstream culture, we are taught that when we seek out help, that the person is an expert. We trust them and give our power away to their professional opinion all too often. I believe this is pat of the problem. We have lost ourselves and our ability to listen and trust ourselves. A huge part of the therapy process is helping you fully find yourself back. Because sometimes we can really get in our own way and often do not realize it.
I see our work together as a partnership, in that as humans we are equal. I am no better than or less than you. Choosing a professional due to their expertise is important in therapy. When you are working on what at times may feel like emotional open heart surgery, it is also important that the clinician has a non judgmental, nurturing, and supportive presence.
This background speaks a lot about how I practice. I believe I cannot know someone better than they know themselves, but I can be in the passenger seat with the tools to help them achieve results and live a life at their fullest potential, moving from simply surviving to thriving. There was a time when I would not have felt this to be possible. From my own experiences healing from burnout, as well being witness to others doing the same, I now know that when we are open to change and willing to do the work, that it is often simple and requires some effort, but it is possible.
I believe we have to walk the walk and do the work ourselves.
With that being said, when I was in a place of searching not only to improve my clinical skills but also to find myself, I completed many professional trainings. With these trainings, I have taken the best of what seems to work for others and continue to study in depth. I believe in lifelong learning and when you love what you do, it is a pretty effortless process to continue to grow professionally.
Some people show up to therapy and they are clear about the situation regarding the issues they are experiencing. We have efficient and effective techniques to help people move through the therapy as efficiently as they choose. Others show up to therapy for reasons that are often described as anxiety, overwhelm, confusion, unhappiness, discontentment, or frustration without a clear memorable event or circumstance that has lead to their feelings. Either way, as long as you are open and willing to learn and try new ways of thinking and experiencing life, you can be successful and get the outcomes you are looking for. It is also important to realize that problems are not typically created overnight, so they likely wont be resolved immediately either. Most people do report a sense of relief after the first few sessions.
I earned a Master of Social Work degree from St. Louis University and am licensed to practice in Illinois. I continue to train in a variety of cutting edge techniques and I am certified/trained in the following specializations that I find most effective, efficient and useful:
- Relational Life Therapy
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
- Heart Math – Biofeedback
- Learn to adapt to life’s challenges more effectively.
- Help to find ways to reduce stress on your body, control reactions in daily life and experience more calm and ease.
- Stress management tools and techniques to regulate emotions in real life.
- CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management)
- Therapy for Trauma Relief/Resolution:
- Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy
- Childhood Emotional Neglect
- Developmental Needs Meeting Strategies
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Whole Health Medicine Institute
- Gottman Couples Therapy
- ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
Much of my practice these days focuses on relationships even though couples therapy is not my specialty. I have garnered a lot of applicable knowledge in relationship basics, including difficult relationships. I have engaged in several relationship trainings and apply this knowledge in useful ways to help with strained or problematic situations and people, helping you restore clarity and confidence while finding the truth of the matter for you.
All the best,
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