Sharon Jensen, MSW, LCSW
- Sharon Jensen, MSW, LCSW
- Clinical Social Work/Mental Health Therapy
Sharon has worked in the field of Social Work for 28 years and has been doing clinical work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 10 years, treating a variety of psychiatric disorders and working with people of all ages providing individual, group, couples and family therapy.
She received training in clinical therapy with a focus in cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma therapy and attachment theory from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine. She has also received specialized training in brain-based psychotherapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy which is used to treat a variety of psychological conditions.
Prior to obtaining her clinical license she was involved in providing residential services for developmentally disabled and elderly. She developed programming, for adolescents with ADHD and Autism spectrum disorders, provided administrative services and developed behavior programming for residential programs serving developmentally disabled, and provided social services in nursing home settings. She served on the Minnesota Social Workers Association as President and Vice President and was an active participant with the Association for Residential Resources in Minnesota.
After completing graduate school Sharon practiced clinical therapy in an outpatient mental health setting in an underserved rural area in Minnesota. While in MN she provided clinical supervision for colleagues seeking independent licensure, and consultation and trainings for group homes, schools and county agencies. She worked with clients of all ages and various diagnoses, gaining experience working with a variety of severe anxiety disorders, bipolar mood disorders, depression, and trauma. She also developed strategies to adapt therapy techniques to use with clients having developmental delays, traumatic brain injuries and autism spectrum diagnoses.
Sharon has a passion and extensive understanding of trauma, both acute and complex. She has worked with victims of domestic violence and adverse childhood experiences. Sharon has obtained specialized training in administering neurofeedback and providing alternative strategies for managing physical and emotional pain. Adept at CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Brain-Based Therapy, she uses an unique combination of therapeutic techniques tailored for each individual person. She incorporates mindfulness and body psychotherapy, helping clients learn to become self-aware and gain mastery over emotions and thought patterns that lead to troublesome behavior. Since moving to Illinois 3 years ago she has worked extensively with Eating Disorders, Addictions and Trauma related disorders as co-occurring problems and has been successful in treating these issues through an unique combination of trauma-informed CBT, DBT, and Narrative therapy.
Sharon brings a wealth of knowledge and practical strategies into therapy, focusing first on developing a solid therapeutic relationship and making that first meeting comfortable. She states, “As social beings it is in the relationship that healing happens, so I try to give each person my full attention, and want them to know they are important, that their problem is not crazy and that together we will discover a solution.”