Courtney Nelson, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist #38157
Do you feel busy and overwhelmed, yet unproductive and unmotivated? Do you constantly feel like your best just isn’t good enough? Do you have a deep secret fear that you don’t matter to those around you? If this describes the sea you’re swimming in, you are not alone. My clients are hard-working women who struggle to understand why they feel unhappy and unsatisfied, yet each of them long for healthy, abundant lives.
Asking for help doesn’t mean that you are weak or unable. The simple fact that you are considering therapy means you are courageous and ready for change. I want you to know that I see you. I want you to know that I hear you. I understand what it’s like to go through life climbing, striving, and searching for worth outside of myself. I am still an imperfect work in progress, we all are! But I am here to join you on your unique path to wellness.
Your path will not look exactly like mine. In fact, I hope that it doesn’t! My background (experience + knowledge) has taught me that the most effective treatment happens when you and I have a trusting relationship, when my approach integrates your uniqueness, and when you are ready to put in the effort required of therapy. One of my favorite illustrations of the therapeutic process is found in Viktor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning: “What is to give light must endure the burning”.
If you choose to work with me, I will strive to meet you with empathy, respect, and understanding. I will collaborate with you and support your personal goals for therapy. I can be someone in your life that says, “Yes, change will be hard. Yes, change will cost you something. And, YES, change will be worth it.” It’s a privilege for me to stand with you in that stuck place, and walk with you on your path to becoming who you were made to be.
More About Me…
I received my PhD in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University and earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from St. Edward’s University. I have worked in a variety of professional settings with the majority of time spent in university counseling centers and private practice. I am currently a provisionally licensed psychologist in the state of Texas.
My research interests include the interface of religion and psychotherapy, case conceptualization, and the influence of religion and spirituality on the therapeutic relationship. Clinically, I have special interests in: perfectionistic and high-achieving women, exploration of identity and values, grief and loss, stress and wellness, family of origin concerns, cultural exploration and navigating differences, sexual/gender identity questions, academic concerns and motivation.
In my personal time, I enjoy spending meaningful time with my husband, two children, and Labrador retriever, traveling, playing/watching sports, hosting dinner parties for friends and family, and rearranging the house furniture.