PAYGE CASADY-CHRISTENSEN, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
My name is Payge Casady-Christensen and I am a licensed clinical social worker and I would be honored to support you in your journey of self-excavation. I earned both my Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah. In 2003, my husband and I moved to California, and I worked for over 15 years as a full-time, stay-at-home parent of two wonderful human beings.
I have many years of experience working with all age groups, people with disabilities, neurodivergent minds, people with autism, LGBTQ+, anxiety, depression, adjustment challenges, grief and loss, aging, dissociation and loneliness. I support people in understanding the internal and external barriers that keep them from moving forward. I use an eclectic approach to therapy incorporating strength-based, trauma informed, positive psychology to empower individuals to make changes in their lives. CBT, DBT, parts work, EMDR, mindfulness, psychoeducation, journaling, and other modalities are used depending upon the needs of each client.
I believe in “meeting the client where they are” which includes incorporating my client’s interests, hobbies, favorite stories, movies, games, and books to engage the client in their process of self-excavation. I am fascinated by human behavior and grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow with each person I support.
During our first session, I will review some basic information about how the therapeutic process works and answer any questions you may have. Through conversation, I will begin to get to know you and your reason for seeking support at this time. From there, we schedule further sessions to create therapeutic goals and identify small manageable steps to work toward completing these goals. This is a process that takes time and collaboration between therapist and client during each session. Therapy is a journey full of adventures and challenges just like any hero’s journey in stories, myths and legends. You are the hero of your own story, let’s begin.