I worked in the medical field for twenty years in a variety of careers and always enjoyed interacting with people. My experience in this field has given me a unique perspective in helping people. I serve people who are currently experiencing the distressing effects of health issues, such as the mental and spiritual aftermath of cancer treatment. As a cancer survivor myself, I understand how medical conditions impact not only individuals but also their loved ones, who can sometimes feel forgotten in what can feel like a storm of health care.
I also work medical personnel who need someone to talk with who understands their environment (I still continue my license as a Registered Nurse), but seek help from outside their environment. Over the last twenty years I have worked with folks from all fields of medical and ancillary services.
Being very active in my church, I wanted to help people who were also hurting spiritually. I obtained a Master's Degree in Biblical Counseling and started seeing people through the church as a Pastoral Counselor. My practice expanded to seeing a variety of individuals and clergy from a number of different denominations and backgrounds. I am particularly interested in the importance of strong families and believe they come out of strong marriages and/or healthy parenting. This led me to return to school for a second Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to being a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am also an Ordained Minister.
I have also had the opportunity to work extensively with military personnel and their families directly both CONUS and OCONUS as a counseling contractor for over eight years. I now continue to work with this population in my private practice as Service Members deal with the mob/demob cycle, pcs issues, or retirement concerns. All of these issues can have a unique impact on both SMs and families
I specialize through ongoing education in relationship issues and contributing adjunct problems. These include family of origin problems that have now echoed into present day relationships, such as: difficulties with making or maintaining interpersonal connections; lack of communication; doubts and/or fears concerning trust and commitment; fear of abandonment; relationally drifting apart; or relationship injuries due to drugs/alcohol, infidelity, separation and divorce. Other contributing factors I treat include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, anger.
My wife (also a therapist) and I have been married for over 40 years. Together we have six children and thirteen grandchildren. We have had the privilege of leading marriage intensive weekends, marriage and family seminars and workshops for over thirty years.
It would be my privilege to have an opportunity to serve you by coming along side of you and walking through your situation with you.
Jerry Nelson ReachesLa Crosse WI