PsychologyTherapyAbout Individual Therapy -

Unfortunately, the big T traumas, small t traumas, and the accumulation of everyday woes can leave us feeling stuck, anxious, fearful, overly sad, grieving, or doomed to relive the past on repeat.  Therapy helps many people step off the hamster wheel of past stuckness and emotional reactivity.   


Therapy helps to process and understand past experiences, explore our beliefs, and consider the conclusions we’ve made.  Therapy is a process that can shift thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships which can contribute to health and improved well-being. 


I offer individual psychotherapy using evidence-based practices. This means that I use research and clinical knowledge from experts that have been shown to be effective for specific difficulties. I frequently use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), psychodynamic therapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). 


Our initial session will include an assessment where I gather information about your current strengths and difficulties, historical information that is impacting your current situation, and collaborate with you on treatment options, goals, and priorities.  From your unique wants and needs, we will work together to determine an individual treatment plan for you.  Not all issues respond equally to treatment type, and some treatments can be contraindicated in certain situations.  We will collaborate to create a treatment plan that is clinically sound and specific to meet your goals. 


I specialize in EMDR and brief therapy. These techniques are designed to create rapid change in the fewest number of sessions possible. Typical brief therapy is completed in 12 sessions or fewer. Many clients feel a shift or a release after 3 or 4 sessions.  Some clients end treatment after brief therapy, and others choose to continue therapy for enhanced well-being. Not all circumstances are appropriate for brief therapy. I also provide EMDR and psychotherapy to clients wishing to continue their growth, or for clients where brief techniques are not appropriate.


AM Nelson

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