Dana Nelson,Ph.D.

Dana Nelson,Ph.D.

Not Accepting New Clients
Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Psychotherapist, Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies


Lyon, Lyon 69006 - France

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My Approach to Helping

I am an American psychotherapist living and working in Lyon, France. I work with English-speaking expats, intercultural couples, international students, and others living abroad, both in-person in Lyon as well as remotely (online).

My approach to therapy is integrative, which means that I draw from a number of different theories and techniques and tailor my approach to your specific needs and goals. In addition to more traditional western approaches, I find that many of my clients benefit from the integration of mindfulness and self-compassion practices into our work. For more information about my approach to counseling and psychotherapy, please visit my website.

More Info About My Practice

I work with both adults (individuals and couples) and adolescents.

I see clients in-person from my office in Lyon, France, as well as remotely (online). I specialize in working with English-speakers living in France, although I do also see people living elsewhere in Europe and around the world.

For clients living in the US, I am only able to work with clients living in Pennsylvania (where I am licensed).

While I am a licensed psychologist in the US in the state of Pennsylvania, I am not currently able to use the title of "psychologue" (psychologist) in France, as I am still in the process of having my degrees recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education. I am therefore currently using the title of "counselor," which is an unregulated title in France. Please note that the actual practice of counseling/psychotherapy is not currently regulated in France.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

As an American living abroad in Lyon, France, I know first-hand how life abroad can provide us with many challenges as well as many opportunities for personal growth and development. I'm passionate about helping others who live abroad make the most of these opportunities -- to help you increase your self-awareness, clarify your values, strengthen your relationships, and create a more meaningful and satisfying life, wherever you may be living.

Other comment presenting concerns include: depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, challenges related to major life transitions (marriage, divorce, birth of a child, professional transitions, losses), issues related to self-confidence or self-acceptance, parenting struggles, body image concerns, and challenges related to traumatic experiences.

My Therapy Focus

As an integrative therapist, I draw upon my knowledge and training in many different approaches to psychotherapy to find the approach that is most fitting and appropriate for you. That being said, I tend to see many of the issues that people bring to therapy through the lens of relationships -- whether that be relationships with other important people in your life or your relationship with yourself (yes, that's a real thing!). I focus on helping you understand patterns in your relationships and consider alternative ways of relating to yourself and others to help you identify your emotional needs and find more effective ways to get these needs met.

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Expats, intercultural couples, international students, TCKs, and others living abroad.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Psychodynamic

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