"About Dr. Nelson, . . . it was a very enlightening 3 years. Sent to her by my physician when diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder, she quickly reasoned that I had other unhealthy attitudes and emotions to be taken care of before the gender issues could be properly addressed. With patience and kindness she led me through a transformation of self that resulted in proper life decisions I would never have made without her. Having been born male, and now fully integrated as female, I can say that the changes I made under her care are far more profound than a gender transformation. My view of the world; view of self; understanding of others; and self-examination are all different and more healthy now. I  . . . will never forget her or the profound differences she led me through making my life so much better."     ~ Andrews, North Carolina

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"Thank you Dr. Nelson. . . . for helping me, listening to me, and working with me at my pace. I have learned a lot about my self over the past couple of years and the struggles I had and have in my life. I know that I am a lot better person now dealing with feelings and thoughts instead of wishing them away or pretending they didn't happen or they didn't matter. My head is out of the sand. . . . I am so very thankful that I know I can stand up and rock the boat and express my concerns without feeling guilty ... I am grateful to have had you to listen to me, without bias persuasion one way or another ..."     ~ Murphy, North Carolina


Does therapy work?

Successful therapy does not make life stress free but it does allow a person to become his/her own therapist, parent, teacher. Perhaps the best way to measure the outcome is to look at the cost.  Dating back some thirty years to a study of 10,000 Kaiser patients, it has been repeatedly demonstrated that psychotherapy is cost effective.  Patients who receive treatment reduce their health care utilization to a degree sufficient to entirely "offset" the cost of therapy.  They spend less days in the hospital when they need care and they visit physicians less frequently. The reason is that a substantial number of physicians visits - up to 75% - are essentially motivated by emotional or stress-related problems.  . . . Yes, therapy works.  (psyris.com)

The average individual who received therapy was psychologically healthier than 80% of untreated individuals (Smith, Glass, & Miller, 1980).  

The results of psychotherapy tend to last longer and be less likely to require additional treatment courses than psychopharmacological treatments (Hollon, Stewart, & Strunk, 2006; Shedler 2010).

A meta-analysis of psychotherapy outcome studies concluded that no one type of therapy (e.g., client-centered, psychodynamic, cognitive, cognitive-behavioral, experiential) is more effective than another (Wampold et al., 1997; Castonguay & Beutler, 2006; Livesley, 2007, Norcross, 2011).

The general or average effects of psychotherapy are widely accepted to be significant and large (Chorpita et al., 2011; Smith, Glass & Miller, 1980; Wampold, 2001).  

Therapy has been shown to be an effective means of helping people cope with emotional pain and interpersonal problems (Strupp, 1996).