In my practice, I conduct evaluation, therapy, and consultation. With all of these interventions, my goal is to help you and/or your child be as successful as possible. Whether it be through assessment and identifying areas of strength, or therapy to assist in acquiring skills and coping, my goal is to help.
Through psychoeducational evaluation, I offer assessment of an individual's cognitive, academic, behavioral/emotional, attentional, and executive functioning. The goal of assessment is to identify areas of strength and need that may guide an individual to be as successful as they can be.
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Depending on the identified area of need, therapy can often help with the acquisition of skills to assist in coping in a variety of areas. I often use a cognitive/behavioral model of intervention, guiding individuals to more appropriate behaviors and better outcomes.
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I consult with a variety of other professionals, depending on the area of need. From school personnel, to physicians, to coaches, to other mental health providers, my goal in consulting with others is to have everyone on the same page to provide the best care possible.
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Dr. Nelson received his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of South Dakota in 1995. Upon completing his doctorate, Dr. Nelson completed an internship and fellowship in the Division of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has served as Director of Inpatient Psychology Services and Director of Postdoctoral Psychology Training at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, has been an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and consulted with the Department of Disabilities for the State of Maryland. Dr. Nelson has published articles and book chapters on topics such as coping with mood disorders in children, child and family coping with various diagnoses, and adjustment issues in children. He has also authored computer software to assist in children's understanding of hospitalization and medical procedures. Dr. Nelson has been in private practice in the Maryland area for the past 18 years.
Aside from work, athletics have been a big part of Dr. Nelson's life. He played ice hockey and tennis in college, and has coached ice hockey up to the collegiate level. He has also consulted with USA Hockey on coaching players with certain learning and/or attention disorders, and works with coaches on learning and styles of coaching.
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WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?
I offer evaluation, therapy, and consultation. Evaluation may consist of a comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation, or something smaller, such as an assessment of emotional or attentional functioning. Therapy may consist of individual or family therapy. Consultation may occur with school personnel, other health professionals, or coaches.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
I do not accept insurance directly. However, families are given a detailed invoice upon completion of service that they can submit to their insurance company. How much a person is reimbursed depends on their insurance plan. To help with reimbursement, I am also happy to complete any paperwork needed to help facilitate reimbursement from your insurance company.
HOW LONG DOES EACH SESSION LAST?
The duration of sessions varies. For evaluations, a comprehensive evaluation may take from three to four hours. Other evaluations require less time. Therapy usually consists of a 50 minute session, although some people prefer sessions that are shorter or longer in duration.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THE EVALUATION PROCESS?
This article may help understand the evaluation process: