Karri Christiansen, LSW, CADC
After working as a newspaper reporter for 25 years and writing many stories about people helping people, Karri Christiansen realized a career change was in order to be the person helping people and earned her master’s degree in social work from Aurora University in 2014. Karri also is a certified addictions counselor and holds certificates in traumatic stress studies and emotionally-focused couples therapy. She has a passion for helping people find their way from mental illness to mental wellness. Karri believes that everyone has a story to tell and that through the work of recovery, people living with mental illness and substance use disorders can rewrite the ending to their own stories.
Coming from a strengths-based perspective, Karri uses an eclectic mix of cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and positive psychology to help people learn how to live their best lives and become the people they always were meant to be. Karri has experience working with older adolescents and adults living with depression, bipolar disorder, stress, anxiety and panic disorder, as well as those struggling with suicidal ideation. Karri also has experience working with people recovering from trauma, including those dealing with flashbacks.
A big believer in attachment theory, Karri also enjoys using emotionally-focused couples therapy to work with couples hoping to strengthen their emotional bond and resolve relationship issues.
As an addictions counselor, Karri can help people find their way out of the quagmire of substance use disorders into a life of recovery. She believes that by faithfully attending 12-step recovery programs, building one’s self-esteem and working to create relapse prevention plans, one can throw off the shackles of substance use disorders. Karri knows that relapse happens well before someone takes that first drink or drug; it happens when people stop doing the work of recovery.
Having worked at the DuPage County Health Department’s Crisis Intervention Unit and Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, Karri also has several years of experience in crisis intervention and crisis counseling. Karri can help people living with mental illness and substance use disorders navigate mental health crises and return to living their best lives.
As an avid runner and boxing enthusiast, Karri also believes in incorporating physical activity into wellness plans to get those endorphins moving. We know now that 30 minutes of physical activity does wonders to improve overall mental health. Exercise is a wonderful way to practice self-care.
Karri is accepting new guests at our Naperville location.