Meet MAMFT’s New Greater MN Board Rep


MAMFT has a new Greater MN Board Representative – Elizabeth Christenson, LMFT.  Elizabeth (Beth) practices at North Homes Children and Family Services in Grand Rapids. Learn more about Beth below!  She can be reached at greatermn@mamft.net.

Where did you attend school?

I attended St. Cloud State University for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees.

 

What do you know now that you wish you had known as a beginning therapist?

Where to begin! I would have to say learning how to say no sooner.  As a beginning therapist I, too often, took on the role of “helper.”  I was becoming overwhelmed and exhausted seeking out and contacting resources for my clients.  They were not making progress, which only added to my stress level.  I was lucky enough to have many mentors help me see the situation for what it was.  I reestablished better boundaries with my clients and encouraged growth through self-advocacy.

 

How has a client impacted you? 

Clients never fail to teach me humility on a daily basis.

 

How do you practice self-care and keep balance in life?

My current self-care routine consists of yoga, an aerial fitness class, refusing to do paperwork on the weekends, and hugging the people I love 3 times a day.

 

If you weren’t a therapist what would you do instead?

Most likely I would be an event coordinator. I love seeing a plan come together and enjoy the challenge of quick problem solving when the unexpected occurs.

 

What are people surprised to learn about you?

I have only been on an airplane once in my lifetime!  I was 5 years old and barely remember the flight.

 

Favorite quote?

“We repeat what we don’t repair.”

– Christine Langley-Obaugh

I was recently reminded of this quote through an MAMFT Facebook post; inspires me every time!

 

Ultimate bucket list item?

 Holding my great grandchild the day they are born.

 

What do you hope to accomplish as the Greater MN Board Representative?

At this time Greater MN is experiencing a mental health crisis due to the lack of mental health professionals as well as other factors.  As the Greater MN representative I feel it is imperative we begin to reaching out to both graduate and undergraduate students to inform them of the opportunities, both financial and professionally, they can gain by looking outside of the metro for employment.