About Me

Ian Nelson

I am a limited licensed (master’s level) psychologist trained in motivational interviewing and other cognitive-behavioral strategies. I offer education, practical skills and resources to help you find relief from mental health symptoms while we build a secure therapeutic relationship. Those who have experienced multiple traumas or chronic stress in life can benefit from my experience with dialectical behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy and psychodynamic insights.

I have had the privilege of working with people from both urban and rural settings, entrepreneurs and unemployed, felons and victims, spiritual and skeptical, athletes and injured, healthy and chronically ill. It is vital that your therapy experience be tailored to your values, symptoms and life experiences. I strive to take your unique perspective and work with you to remove the obstacles preventing your recovery and personal growth.

Education and Professional Experience

  • Master of Arts in Psychology from Western Michigan University
  • Internship at the Fountain Hill Center
  • Bachelor of Science in both Psychology and Biblical Studies from Columbia International University
  • Motivational Interviewing (for any change, but especially substance use)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (for PTSD/abuse/trauma)
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy (for PTSD/panic disorder/agoraphobia)
  • Cognitive Therapy (for anxiety/depression)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training (for managing strong emotions)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (for depression, abuse/trauma)
  • Practical ways to manage anxiety, panic, depression and anger with experiential, relaxation and mindfulness exercises designed to interrupt our automatic responses and begin building confidence that we can change.


It is normal to be hesitant about seeking treatment. We often feel like we should be able to handle life on our own. It can be helpful, however, to have a mental health check-up. Many people are relieved to find that others can relate to their experience and that psychotherapy can foster both relief from current symptoms and strength to live life more fully. Adult psychotherapy concerns I address:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Stress and Anger Management
  • Substance Use Concerns
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Relationship Issues
  • Spiritual Concerns
  • Missionary and Cross-Cultural Preparation
  • Culture Shock and Re-Entry Issues
  • Grief
  • Sexual Abuse

See accepted insurance plans

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Priority Health
  • Priority Health Medicaid
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cofinity
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Employee Assistance Group
  • Grand Valley Health Plan
  • Health Alliance Plan
  • Human Management Services
  • Health Management Services of America
  • Integrated Health Plan
  • Magellan
  • McLaren Health Plan
  • McLaren Medicaid
  • Meridian Medicaid
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • ASR Physicians Care
  • Teamsters
  • United Behavioral Health
  • Value Options

How much does therapy/counseling cost?

If you have insurance coverage for outpatient psychotherapy, you might be responsible for a copay between $20 and $50 (just an estimate). Other plans require you to pay your deductible first. If you have Medicaid, treatment is often free.

Call your insurance company to learn about your coverage, your copay and if there is a limit on sessions. The most helpful phone number is the one on the back of your insurance card. If you do not have insurance, a sliding scale from $50-100 is available based on your income.

For more information on finding low cost options visit http://psychcentral.com/lib/2007/finding-low-cost-psychotherapy/.

What should I expect from the first session with Ian?

During the first session you will be able to share your main concerns, and I will gather information helpful in seeing the big picture of your life. This means asking a lot of questions to help assess your situation. After the initial assessment is done, we can identify practical, first steps and develop long-term goals. Here, I will be asking fewer questions and doing more listening. Motivation for lasting change must come from within you so it is important for me to understand the real you. Together we will decide how to make the best use of your time.

More FAQs

To schedule an appointment visit Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services* or call (866) 852-4001.