Charlene Selsvold

(LCSW)

About Me

Hello, Asking for help takes courage and intention. I am a well seasoned licensed clinical social worker in California with extensive experience in working with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, grief, depression, life transitions, trauma and relationship challenges. Each of us is on a life journey that presents unique challenges. Sometimes feelings emerge that we do not understand or know how to cope with. I offer a supportive environment with unconditional positive regard for your healing journey. We all have a story to tell and sometimes it is simply learning how to be more mindful and responding differently that creates a positive change.

Over the past 30+ years, I have developed an integrative approach to the therapeutic journey that encompasses traditional psychotherapies such as cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, mindfulness and psychodynamic modalities. This is complemented by alternative therapies such as breathing techniques from yoga and meditation. I have been a registered yoga teacher, 200 hrs, since 2008. The approaches used are defined by you as we dialogue, using what will work best for you. I will work collaboratively with you, addressing Issues that are defined by you with the goal of decreasing symptoms, increasing healthy coping skills, improving interpersonal communication, and developing a more mindful awareness and alignment of mind/body/spirit.

If you are ready to take the step to ask for help in your life journey, I would be humbled to hear from you and begin the therapeutic process of reaching your goals.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 35

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #22648 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

Written by D.A. on Jan 12, 2021 after counseling with Charlene for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Charlene has been wonderful and an absolute pleasure to work with. I've made a lot of progress already!

Written by S.U. on Dec 30, 2020 after counseling with Charlene for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, and eating disorders

Wonderful person to talk with. She listens and responds promptly. Couldn’t ask for better service.

Written by C.R. on Nov 12, 2020 after counseling with Charlene for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and career difficulties

Charlene is such a great counselor. After speaking with her I have definitely felt like I have made progress in many aspects of my life that I wanted to address. Charlene always listens to my concerns, is very supportive and always provides great resources like worksheets that are very helpful.

Written by A.L. on Oct 20, 2020 after counseling with Charlene for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

I was hesitant to reach out to a therapist, but after connecting with Charlene on Better Help I instantly felt as ease. She was able to offer guidance and validation when I shared my experiences with her. It felt like a familiar friend but with the expertise of a professional therapist.

Written by L.I. on Oct 14, 2020 after counseling with Charlene for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Charlene is very patient and a great listener. I am grateful for her time and help in the last few weeks in addressing my concerns.

Written by L.A. on Oct 08, 2020 after counseling with Charlene for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Charlene is wise, experienced and thoughtful. She is a great listener and helps me to really feel heard and make good choices. I am grateful and truly enjoy working with her. Definitely recommend.

Written by J.E. on Aug 05, 2020 after counseling with Charlene for 3 months on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and adhd

I was skeptical about using BetterHelp because I was unsure of the quality of the counselors, but Charlene is beyond my expectations. I’m so grateful I was matched with her. We have similar interests and is able to provide support that resonates with me. She genuinely cares and proactively offers resources which she sends via messages after sessions. She’s a great listener, honors pauses for reflection, and is very responsive. Thank you, Charlene!

Written by A.B. on Jul 28, 2020 after counseling with Charlene for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related issues

Incredibly kind woman who is always ready to listen. I love working with Charlene.

Written by K.A. on Jul 14, 2020 after counseling with Charlene for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, a

It's only been 2 sessions and already she's reframed 2 big issues for me. I have full confidence in her counseling going forward! This is working beautifully!

Written by L.I. on Jul 08, 2020 after counseling with Charlene for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Char is a very warm, insightful and empathetic therapist. She discerns patterns in thinking and behavior and knows how to help people get unstuck. Highly recommend.

Written by A.A. on Jun 10, 2020 after counseling with Charlene for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Charlene is wonderful, very quick to understand me and offer helpful ideas.