Dane Nielsen, MA
Welcome! I'm glad you're interested in working with me, so let me give you a chance to learn who I am.
Why do I do this? Simply put, because I've been there and I've seen my friends and family there too. I've been a young children struggling with newly divorced parents. I've been the struggling college student trying to navigate adulthood, work, and school. I'm a father of three beautiful children and have been with my spouse for over 18 years, so I'm well aware of challenges that arise from being a parent and spouse. I've also worked through a dramatic career change after being stuck for too long. So, I know how difficult it can be and how all sorts of things can get in the way of loving yourself and loving your life. I practice all of the things that I utilize in my office and continue to work on myself each and every day.
Who am I to help with these things? I've been working with teens, families, and adults in several settings for over 15 years. These include outpatient mental health units, inpatient chemical dependency units, groups homes, college counseling centers, as well as other family settings. I have seen the growth and potential that everyone has inside them and hope to being that out in each and every client. I hope that we are a great fit and I can help you just as I have helped many others. If not, that's okay too. I'll help you locate another therapists that may be a better fit.
What's with the martial arts stuff? Well, I'm glad you asked. You may have found me through my writings and teachings as a martial artist - www.TheMartialArtsTherapist.com. I've been studying and teaching martial arts, focusing on the gentle art of jujutsu, starting when I was nine. It is a way of life for me and has guided me in wonderful ways. I've found so many things that tie in with good mental health that I decided to write them down and offer many of them free to the public.
What type of clients do I work best with? The clients that find me the most helpful are those that want an interactive therapist and want to find out solutions and answers to their questions. Ones who loves their relationship and family, as well as technology and metaphors. Teens struggling with life and with their parents, young adults that are trying to get a handle of life, or adults that have held on to things for too long and it is impacting their life and/or relationships.
What do sessions look like? Therapy sessions are 45/50 minutes and usually start off with some "catching up." After this we dive into the topics that are most important for you for that session. Following this I love to share something or a practice that may help guide you until your next session.
Here's all the technical stuff about me.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern specializing in anxieties, self-esteem, and life transitions for teens and adults.
I have several years of experience working with teens and adults in multiple settings. These include: at-risk group homes, chemical dependency, college counseling, community mental health centers, and sports settings. I received a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology right here in the Pacific Northwest. Among my areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, anger management, parenting issues, behavior issues, and relationship concerns.
I utilize a holistic approach drawing from Mindfulness and Jungian Analytical theories. These combine Eastern and Western philosophies around mental and physical health, providing the space for growth and balance. I also utilize Solution Focused and Cognitive Therapies to foster growth in internal thought processes and external momentum.
I am an interactive, mindfulness based, and solution-focused therapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Saint Martin's University in Lacey, WA.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.
Licensed Professional Counselor Intern through Oregon Board - R-4709 under supervision of Samuel Baker.
Specialized coursework in stress management, therapeutic techniques, and play therapy.