Dr. Dawn Nelson

Psy.D., M.Div.

Dr. Dawn Nelson

Psy.D., M.Div.

Professions: Counselor, Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist
Secondary Credential: Psychologist - 3157
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: $100 - $150 session
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


Hartland, Wisconsin 53029

My Approach to Helping

For the past 20 years, I have provided and continue to provide counseling services that are grounded in a critical and integrated perspective, attuned to the spirit and soul of a person as well as the mind and body. Following my passion for health and human flourishing, I strive to understand the uniqueness of every individual, and what is needed to thrive.

Typical areas of practice include relational issues, anxiety and depression, stress and conflict management, work and career issues, addiction - including psychiatric drug withdrawal, traumatic experiences, grief and loss, enhancing self-esteem, and the cultivation of healthy living.

More Info About My Practice

The Centre for Human Flourishing LLC is a boutique psychology practice that specializes in health, happiness, and human flourishing. I received training and began providing trauma & grief assessments and counseling at Duke University Medical Center in the Major Surgery & Trauma Unit from 1998 through 2000. Over the summer of 2000, in between graduating from Duke and beginning the doctoral program in psychology, I studied for and passed the American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer exam. While working on my doctorate, as an independent contractor, I established a personal training & coaching business in the Chicago suburbs. As a personal trainer, I conducted physical fitness assessments, developed individualized training programs, and coached individuals and couples in gyms and private homes from 2000 - 2004.

I received a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2004 with specialized training in a few different areas: ADHD & neuropsychological evaluation and treatment, pastoral counseling, and forensic psychology (not guilty by reason of insanity, unfit to stand trial). I am a critical psychologist. My dissertation was a critical analysis of the field of psychology, the education of psychologists, and advocated for psychology to better attend and contribute to the promotion of human welfare while respecting human rights, preserving human dignity and honoring the worth of individual human beings.

In the fall of 2004, I established a forensic (criminal responsibility assessments) private practice in Cherokee County, North Carolina under supervision while at the same time completing a general psychology post-doc. I founded the Centre for Human Flourishing, PLLC in 2005. In 2006, I applied and was approved to become a provider, and, an officially designated service site (the Centre for Human Flourishing, PLLC) for the National Health Service Corps, a part of the United States Department of Health & Human Services. For the next 8 years, I served those with limited access to services, regardless of ability to pay, in Cherokee County (an underserved community), and the Tri-State area of Western North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. In 2014, I relocated to Wisconsin with my husband, and founded the Centre for Human Flourishing, LLC in Milwaukee.

More recently, in March 2019, I opened an office in Hartland, Wisconsin where I have a small, part-time practice with limited availability. I also teach part-time as a Lecturer in Psychology at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI.

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

May 2019, I became a Certified Food Over Medicine Instructor through Dr. Pam Popper's Wellness Forum Institute to improve my understanding of the relationship between food and health, and then to apply that knowledge and understanding in practice through education and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Individuals, Families, Couples

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Spirituality
  • Stress

Types of Therapy

  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
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