Courtney received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University and earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Saint Edward’s University. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow working towards licensure as a psychologist under the supervision of Dr. Jason Hindman.
Prior to working at Nikao Counseling Center, Dr. Nelson worked as a therapist at the Texas A&M University Student Counseling Service. Her research interests include the interface of religion and psychotherapy, case conceptualization, and the influence of religion and spirituality on the therapeutic relationship. Clinically, Courtney has a special interest in:
- Exploration of identity and values
- Mood disturbances or depression
- Grief and loss
- Stress and wellness
- Body image and disordered eating concerns
- Family of origin concerns
- Cultural exploration and navigating differences
- Sexual assault recovery
- Questioning sexual/gender identity or orientation
- Substance misuse
- Academic concerns and motivation
Courtney strives to approach each client with empathy, respect, and understanding and feels privileged to support them through their unique process of growth and change. She hopes to empower each client in their own lives through the creation of a strong and collaborative therapeutic relationship. She considers safety, authenticity, and trust to be paramount in the counseling process and recognizes the courage required by each client to share their experiences of hurt and pain, triumph and victory. Courtney considers it her ministry to support her clients as they bravely encounter the challenges of living. One of her favorite illustrations of the therapeutic process is found in Viktor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning: “What is to give light must endure the burning”.
In her personal time, Courtney enjoys spending meaningful time with her husband, son, and Labrador retriever, traveling, playing/watching sports, hosting dinner parties for friends and family, and rearranging the house furniture.