Pamela J. Nelson, MA, LMFT
Post Master’s Training: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Sand Tray.
Master’s Degree: Saint Mary’s University
Bachelor’s Degree: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Licensure: Marriage and Family Therapy
I have worked in multiple setting with children, adolescents, families, couples and adults. I have worked in residential treatment settings, day treatment and in-home, private practice and school settings. I have worked mostly with children and adolescents struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, attachment difficulties, anger, Autism Spectrum Disorder, suicidal ideation and self-injury.
I have an eclectic approach to therapy. I often use postmodern approaches to therapy (Narrative, solution-focused and collaborative), believing that the way we have learned to solve our problems is now the problem. I believe people often have the solutions to their problems but don’t always know how to navigate the barriers that get in the way of solutions. I have also worked a lot with families and my focus is helping them restructure their family hierarchy and change the emotional norms of the family system to help them shift their family dynamics to a preferred way of being. I also use techniques from Cognitive Behavior therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Trauma Approaches.
I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I enjoy working out and being active outside.
SPECIAL CLINICAL INTERESTS
Borderline Personality Disorder