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Deb Nelson, Psy.D.
CHRONIC PAIN AND ILLNESS, OLDER ADULTS, STRESS-RELATED DISORDERS
About

 

I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in chronic pain and illness, older adults and stress-related disorders. I typically see clients in my office, but home or assisted living facility visits can also be arranged for an additional fee. 

 

My work utilizes the client's strengths to accomplish their self-identified goals. I typically use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, positive psychology and motivational interviewing. Other interventions may include Cognitive Behavorial Therapy for Insomnia (CBT I), and biofeedback. Recognizing the importance of working with the whole person, I frequently collaborate with other health care providers and family members (where appropriate) to help facilitate the individual's recovery and growth.

Professional Skills

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Brief Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Pain Management (CBPM)
Mindfulness
Positive Psychology 
Motivational Interviewing
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT I)
Biofeedback
Diagnostic evaluations
Psychotherapy support for pain medication reduction
Behavioral interventions for dementia patients with problematic behaviors
Interdisciplinary collaboration for treatment planning

Support groups
 Pre-surgical Screening Assessments
Group psychotherapy
Family psychotherapy

Individual psychotherapy addressing wide range of mental health issues, including: crisis intervention, suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, substance abuse, PTSD, early stage dementia, chronic pain, chronic illness, sleep disorders, and personality disorders.

Agencies Served
Trauma and Stress Recovery Center
Senior Access
OnLok Senior Health by Institute on Aging
UCSF/Institute on Aging/Psychology Department
Through the Looking Glass
Community Institute of Psychotherapy
Y Team Mental Health Program

 

Education
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology
California School of Professional Psychology
at Alliant International University (APA Accredited)
San Francisco, CA
 
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Business 
Washington State University   

 


License and Certification
Clinical Psychology License, State of California --  PSY 27324.

Certification in Primary Care Behavioral Health 
University of Massachusetts, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
(Distance-learning program)


Related Professional Training
Dementia: Behavioral Health Assessments and Interventions for Practitioners
Cognitive Behavioral Assessment & Treatment of Patients with Chronic Pain

 

 

 

Working with Caregivers

 

Elder Abuse
Working with Victims of Domestic Abuse
Neuropsychological screenings for dementia
Family Therapy
Art therapy
Seeking Safety
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Memberships
Senior Access Advisory Council
 

 

 

 

 

 

American Psychological Association -- Division 38, Health Psychology – Member

California Psychological Association -- Member

Marin County Psychological Association – Member  and Early Career Psychologist Committee  Chairperson
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Presentations
"Mental Health, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke" - community health presentation -  sponsored by Marin Health and Human Services, Sutter Health and Episcopal Senior Communities 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Older Adults' Perceptions of Pain Medications" - poster presentation – American Pain Society Annual Meeting  

"Older Adults' Perceptions of Pain Medications" - poster presentation – Society for Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting

 
"Patient Perspectives on Pain Medications" - presenter and panelist – National Summit on Opioid Safety

"Older Adults and Pain Management" -- presentation -- Institute on Aging, Intern Training