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Postdoctoral Resident

Biography - "I believe in healthy change through empowerment and individualized, strengths-based care."

Jake Nelson

I have a PhD in clinical psychology, and I am a Postdoctoral Resident at CenterLife Counseling.  I have over 8 years of experience in individual therapy and group therapy.  My clinical practice has focused on treating individuals struggling with  mood, anxiety, impulse-control, addiction, and trauma-related disorders.

My theoretical orientation is integrative. Depending on the client and their specific goals, I utilize Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, humanistic, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and narrative therapy modalities.  I view therapy as a collaborative process, and I believe that the modalities used should be discussed and agreed upon during the first several sessions.

I have experience working with a wide range of clients that are challenged with addiction-related concerns and co-occurring mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. I trained in the mental health department at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation for three years, and I am passionate about helping those struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Additionally, one of my areas of specialization is in working with transgender and non-binary clients.  Most of my research in graduate school focused on trans and non-binary individuals, and I have presented many guest lectures pertaining to therapy with trans and non-binary clients in various settings. I also have extensive experience working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, and asexual individuals.


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University
  • MS, Psychology, Palo Alto University

State of Minnesota Licensure

Areas of Focus

Abuse/Violence, Acute Stress, Alcoholism/Chemical Addiction/Recovery, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Children of Alcoholics, Conflict Resolution, Couples, Crisis Intervention, Depression/Mood Disorders, Dysfunctional Families, Grief/Loss, LGBTQ/Gender Issues, Men's/Women's Issues, PTSD/Trauma, Rape/Sexual Abuse/Prostitution, Suicide