Sterling Nelsen, Masters Level Intern
Hello! I’m excited to join you on your path toward a life filled with joy, deeper connections, and personal growth. Life’s journey is rich with experiences that mold our unique perspectives.
As your counselor, I am committed to understanding your individual worldview and working collaboratively with you to uncover areas for growth, leading to greater satisfaction in every facet of your life.
Individual Therapy: Navigating Your Personal Journey with Compassion and Understanding
We’ll embark on a collaborative journey of self-discovery and growth in our individual therapy sessions. Everyone’s life story is unique, and my approach is tailored to your individual experiences, challenges, and goals.
Whether you’re struggling with emotional burdens like stress, depression, or anxiety or navigating life transitions and personal conflicts, I’m here to offer support, guidance, and practical strategies to help you find balance and satisfaction in your life.
A Holistic Approach to Personal Well-being Our work together will go beyond addressing immediate concerns. We’ll explore various aspects of your life to gain a comprehensive understanding of your experiences and how they shape your worldview.
This holistic approach ensures that we not only address symptoms but also uncover and tackle the root causes of your challenges.
Empowerment and Resilience Building A key focus of our sessions will be empowering you to recognize and harness your inner strengths. I’ll assist you in developing resilience and coping mechanisms that are not just about managing difficulties but about thriving despite them. We will work on strategies to transform negative thought patterns, enhance your emotional well-being, and foster a sense of self-empowerment.
Creating a Safe and Non-Judgmental Space: I am dedicated to creating a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space where you can feel comfortable opening up and exploring your thoughts and feelings. It’s a place where you can be authentic, free from external pressures and judgments.
Specialized Experience with Adolescents and Young Adults: Having worked extensively with teenage boys, I have a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by adolescents and young adults. This experience allows me to connect with and effectively support younger individuals as they navigate the complexities of growing up, forming identities, and dealing with societal pressures.
Change That Lasts: A Path to Sustainable Growth Change is a journey, not a destination. In our work together, I’m committed to helping you implement lasting changes that go beyond temporary fixes. We’ll develop strategies that you can carry forward into your daily life, ensuring that the progress we make in therapy translates into long-term improvements in your overall well-being.
Couples Therapy: Strengthening Your Bond and Nurturing Mutual Understanding
The relationships we nurture are at the heart of a fulfilling life, particularly the intimate bond shared with a partner. Understanding that each relationship is a unique blend of two individual narratives, my approach to couples therapy is to create a supportive environment where both partners feel heard, valued, and understood.
In our sessions, we’ll explore the challenges you face together and the strengths and values that unite you. Whether it’s navigating communication barriers, resolving conflicts, or rejuvenating the spark that brought you together, I’m here to guide you through these processes. We’ll work on building a foundation of trust, respect, and empathy, which are essential for a healthy and enduring relationship.
Deepening Emotional Connections and Improving Communication: One of the critical aspects we’ll focus on is enhancing emotional connectivity and communication. By understanding each other’s emotional languages and needs, you can develop a deeper, more fulfilling connection. We’ll explore techniques that foster open, honest, and empathetic communication, helping you express yourselves clearly and listen to each other effectively.
Premarital Counseling: For couples embarking on the journey of marriage, premarital counseling offers a valuable opportunity to build a strong foundation for their future together. We’ll discuss essential topics like communication styles, financial planning, family dynamics, and personal expectations. This process addresses potential issues, celebrates your strengths as a couple, and sets a positive, realistic vision for your married life.
Through these tailored sessions, my goal is to help you and your partner resolve current issues and equip you with the tools and understanding necessary for a resilient, loving, and mutually satisfying relationship. Let’s work together to transform your relationship into a source of strength, joy, and enduring companionship.
I am currently completing my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and am set to graduate in August 2024. My journey has been diverse, from working with foster youth in Alaska, aiding in overcoming addiction and trauma, to supporting juveniles in Hawaii. I have also worked in partial hospitalization settings, focusing on anxiety, depression, and addiction recovery.
In Texas, I’ve provided therapy to individuals recovering from eating disorders. Additionally, I’ve engaged in voluntary mental health work in Springfield, Missouri, and El Salvador. My approach prioritizes a positive client relationship and autonomy, ensuring we work as partners in your therapeutic journey.