Dr. Dawn Nelson

Psy.D., M.Div.

Dr. Dawn Nelson

Psy.D., M.Div.

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

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $130 - $160 session
Evening Availability

Offices

Hartland, Wisconsin 53029
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

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 -- philosophical, theological, physiological, psychological -- perspective, attuned to the spirit and soul of a person as well as the mind and body. Following my passion for healthy living & lifestyles, happiness, and human flourishing, I strive to understand the uniqueness of every individual, and what is needed to thrive.

I enjoy helping others to achieve healing, wholeness, and personal growth, and maintain wellness. Typical areas of practice include psychiatric drug withdrawal, parenting and relational issues, couples counseling, depression and anxiety, stress management, work and career issues, addiction, conflict resolution, spiritual growth - including help in resolving crises in meaning, grief, and loss, and enhancing self-esteem and 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 with offices located in Hartland, and the Historic Third Ward of Milwaukee. I received training and began providing trauma & grief assessments and counseling in the role of Chaplain at Duke University Medical Center with a specialized ministry in the Major Surgery & Trauma Unit in 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. Then, 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 while studying and providing clinical psychology services -- work pertinent to my doctorate.

I received a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2004 with specialized training in ADHD & neuropsychological evaluation and treatment, pastoral counseling, and forensic psychology (not guilty by reason of insanity, unfit to stand trial). My dissertation was a critical analysis of the field of psychology, 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 7-8 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 for a job change, and founded the Centre for Human Flourishing, LLC in Milwaukee. Most recently, in March 2019, I expanded my practice and opened an office in Hartland, Wisconsin.

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

May 2019, I became a Certified Food Over Medicine Instructor through Wellness Forum Health in order to teach others about how food is medicine. If we want to be healthy and happy, live well, and flourish as human beings, we must inform ourselves and be willing to make nutritional choices that are consistent with our values. http:drpampopper.cominstructorsdawn-nelson

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • 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
  • Logotherapy
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
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