Dr. Dawn Nelson

Psy.D., M.Div.

Dr. Dawn Nelson

Psy.D., M.Div.

Professions: Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Life Coach
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist
Secondary Credential: Psychologist - PY 10835
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: $135 - $150 session
Evening Availability


Hartland, Wisconsin 53029
Durham, North Carolina 27707

My Approach to Helping

For the past 22 years, I have provided and continue to provide counseling services that are grounded in an 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 the whole spectrum of issues and problems in living that human beings face such as interpersonal conflict, anxiety, anger, depression, stress, addiction, traumatic experiences, grief and loss. No matter what issue or circumstance, health, happiness, and human flourishing -- becoming your best -- is the ethic that guides my practice.

More Info About My Practice

The Centre for Human Flourishing LLC is a boutique psychology practice that specializes in transforming uncomfortable, unpleasant, unwanted, tragic and traumatic experiences into self-renewing, and valuable experiences.

I received training and began providing grief and trauma assessments and counseling at Duke University Medical Center in the Major Surgery & Trauma Unit in 1998 (through 2000), as a Chaplain. 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 (individuals adjudicated not guilty by reason of insanity, and unfit to stand trial). My dissertation entailed a critical analysis of the field of psychology and 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 an independent, private forensic practice specializing in criminal responsibility assessments in Cherokee County, North Carolina while at the same time completing post-doctoral training. 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 (a designated underserved community), and the Tri-State area of Western North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. I worked with a contract manufacturing company for 4 years, providing team building, leadership coaching, conflict resolution, selection evaluations, employee assistance program counseling, and supervisor training. I also worked with local law enforcement agencies (2), providing psychological evaluations to law enforcement officer candidates.

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 relocated my office to Hartland, Wisconsin. In May 2019, I became a Certified Food Over Medicine Instructor through Dr. Pam Popper's Wellness Forum Institute of Health Studies to improve my understanding of the relationship between food, health, and illness, and apply that knowledge and understanding in practice through education and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. In the fall of 2019, I taught a course in Abnormal Psychology, as a Lecturer in Psychology at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. I am a licensed psychologist in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Florida, and am accepting clients for psychotherapy, counseling, consultation, and life as well as leadership coaching.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

Being emotionally available and empathically attuned to the distress people are living is hard work. It takes a lot of energy, and inner, reflective work to do it well but seeing people grow, change, and become empowered to help themselves is a true honor and privilege, deeply gratifying, and oftentimes, a prompt for personal growth.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • 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
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Stress

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Psychodynamic

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