About My Clients
Trusting the counselor to be honest, respectful, understanding and non-judgmental are key components for successful outcomes associated with individual therapy. Doug Nelson has built his reputation by establishing a strong connection with each of his clients and determining appropriate goals to achieve during the therapy process.
My Background and Approach
Doug Nelson has spent three decades assisting adults and adolescents with various concerns in outpatient settings, schools and structured substance abuse treatment programs. In 2012, Doug relocated to South Florida and one year after his arrival, he opened Fort Lauderdale Couples, Family and Individual Therapy, LLC. Doug Nelson’s career has also included the facilitation of therapy groups for substance abuse recovery, survivors of childhood abuse and coming out concerns. He has conducted debriefing groups for persons adversely affected by the loss of a colleague, job loss and workplace violence. Doug was one of the first civilians who entered the US Pentagon on September 13, 2001 to provide crisis response services to military personnel. Doug Nelson facilitated workshops in VA, NC, TN, IL, IA and FL that provided continuing education credits for clinicians which focused on working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients in treatment settings.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
There are three active parties in couples therapy: the two clients and the therapist. While each partner within the couple is considered a client by the therapist, the true client is “the couple.” The therapist focuses on maintaining and enhancing the couple’s relationship unless the couple requests a mutual and respectful dissolution of the marriage/partnership. Couples therapy involves goal setting so that each member of the couple builds their communication skills with each other while addressing the primary goals and concerns that led to seeking professional assistance. Sessions are typically conducted with both parties present.