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Jake Nelson, PhD
Therapist & Postdoctoral Resident


Jake Nelson has a PhD in clinical psychology and is a Postdoctoral Resident at The Nest Clinic. His clinical practice has focused on treating individuals and couples struggling with mood, anxiety, impulse-control, addiction, and trauma-related disorders.


Depending on the client and their specific goals, he utilizes Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, humanistic, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and narrative therapy modalities.  Jake views therapy as a collaborative process and believes that the modalities used should be discussed and agreed upon during the first several sessions.


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


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



        •       PhD, Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University

        •       MS, Psychology, Palo Alto University

Laura Phillips, MA, LMFT: TeamMember
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