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Trusting the counselor to be honest, respectful, understanding and non-judgmental are key components for successful outcomes associated with individual therapy.  Doug Nelson has built his reputation by establishing a strong connection with each of his clients and determining appropriate goals to achieve during the therapy process.   

Doug utilizes a variety of counseling strategies and techniques to address presenting concerns.  Below are several examples:

  • Using cognitive therapy strategies to help the client gain insights about negative thinking patterns that are causing symptoms of depression or anxiety
  • Focusing on relapse prevention techniques for clients who are in the early stages of recovery from substance abuse or dependence
  • Educating clients about the feelings they associate with anger in order to reduce angry outbursts and improve communication patterns with family members and other loved ones
  • Incorporating coping skills for clients presenting with PTSD or other acute stress symptoms
  • Incorporating time management techniques and feedback from teachers to assist adolescents struggling with school performance matters, including those students adversely affected by Attention Deficit Disorder

Individual therapy requires a safe environment in which the client and the therapist engage in a dialogue that facilitates the client’s success in achieving desired treatment outcomes.  Clients may also seek individual work to address present day concerns such as:

  • Considering relocation
  • Spiritual growth
  • Transitioning from being coupled to being single (or vice versa)
  • Sandwich Generation stressors
  • Long-term planning including retirement