I have over 30 years of experience in mental health and have been licensed in the states of California; Oregon and Washington. I possess a Master of Addiction Counseling and have supervised 5 mental health and addictions treatment programs in addition to my experience with counseling. My diverse professional background includes experience in residential; in-patient psychiatric hospitalization in two countries (United States and United Kingdom); school based; military; forensic and community-based counseling services. In addition to this, I possess an extensive background in early brain development consulting; closed head and traumatic brain injury; developmental counseling; couples, family and life-stage counseling and all issues pertaining to human lifespan identity. I have taught the following coursework at a university level: Human Development; Child Development; Attraction and Romantic Love; Pediatric Neuropsychology; Abnormal Psychology; Introduction to Psychology and Death and Dying. My approach to counseling is client centered; empathetic; non-judgmental; and solution focused aligned with your personal priorities and goals. My client’s drive the direction of treatment and decide when they have reached a level of satisfaction to discontinue therapy. My door is always open for brief, intermediate or long-term depth work. I can't wait to meet you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Military and Veterans Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LMFT 107509
Joe has been wonderful and we’ve worked through a lot of my everyday challenges with depression and anxiety. He’s cheerful, energetic and brings so much optimism and open-mindedness to our sessions. His approach is also academic so it helps to contextualise mental health issues within various CBT models, eg figuring out my zone of efficacy and how to work within that. Thanks for all your help Joe!
Written on Sep 21, 2022 after therapy with Joseph for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Joe is a really great listener and he always brings a very positive energy to our conversations. It often takes a lot of courage for people, including me, to reach out for help. However, once I started talking with Joe it all felt so much easier than I expected! He really makes you feel comfortable, like you are talking to a friend who you’ve known for years. The experience he has really comes through in our sessions and I love that he is able to always give me an objective, while at the same time realistic and very well supported by neurological data and facts overview of my own thoughts and feelings.
I am very happy with our sessions and I would certainly recommend Joe!
Written on Aug 30, 2021 after therapy with Joseph for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties
Not only is the concept of BetterHelp lovely, but Joe is really a great counselor. As much as I despise the Judge who ordered me to counseling, I have to thank her, because I would have never come across Joe. I actually just referred this site to a friend. I highly recommend Joe!
Written on May 25, 2021 after therapy with Joseph for 3 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and grief
Although Joe Christensen's approach to therapy (at least in my case) may be less traditional with more of a focus on internal analysis within an existential framework, I nevertheless found Joe's counseling to be extremely helpful. These sessions helped me re-center my focus and approach life with more confidence, direction, empathy, and tact. I couldn't recommend Joe highly enough.
Written on May 18, 2021 after therapy with Joseph for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
I started using Betterhelp during a time I felt overwhelmed and cripples by Anxiety and Depression. I did not know what to expect from therapy online, but ever since my first session with Joseph I felt very comfortable with him talking about my personal crisis.
Joseph was great at moving the conversation and helping out a lot of things into perspective. Joseph really helped me understand from a scientific and emotional level why I felt the way I felt.
Over the roughly three months we worked together I felt a great improvement in my sleep, mood, and learned to better control and understand my anxiety.
I am really glad I decided to start Betterhelp and I could not ask for a better counselor.
Written on May 16, 2021 after therapy with Joseph for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Joseph is the best therapist I have ever worked with! (Trust me, I have seen a lot!) ;-)
I started using Betterhelp during the pandemic. I came to Joseph when I was dealing with a difficult period of time and anxiety/PTSD.
I've always felt very comfortable sharing my personal situation because he is very conversational and non judgmental. He deeply cares about his clients and and has been my cheerleader since day 1. We've had good laughs, and I've had some good cries. He is excellent at guiding our conversations and always prompts me to self reflect on what I've learned.
It's only been 3 months of working with Joseph and I feel like a new person on the other side. He was able to provide the support and guidance I needed to get through it.
I may not have met Joseph if it wasn't for Betterhelp and I highly recommend his expertise!
Written on Mar 18, 2021 after therapy with Joseph for 3 months