Kelly Nelson, PsyD, LP
- Psychological assessments
Practice philosophy: Assist clients in achieving optimal mental health through a combination of skills work, best scientific practices, and a person-centered approach.
What are you passionate about and why? I am passionate about spending the most time I can with my husband, family, and friends. I value education and the trust others place in me to help them through some of the most challenging moments of their lives
If you weren't a health care provider, what would you be? Kindergarten teacher or Event planner
Why did you become a provider? When did you know this was the career for you? I wanted to serve as an advocate for mental health as it is often pushed to the side and unaddressed. I have known since I was a teenager that I wanted to serve in the mental health field.
What is something you have learned from your patients? The value of time. It is limited and often taken for granted. It is so important to focus on the person in front you (e.g., patient, parent, spouse, friend) and really listen to what they are saying.
What is one of the challenges of this career you enjoy? And why? Integrating a person's mental health with other areas of well-being because it forces me as a provider to consider all aspects of an individual rather than hyper-focusing on just one
What is your personal health goal? To live more sustainably
What is the best thing you've done for your health or the best health advice you've received? Integrate yoga into my life.
What are you most proud of? I am most proud of my persistence and work-ethic. I have worked extremely hard for many years to become a psychologist, and I am beyond excited to share my love and interest in psychology with others.
What are a few of your personal achievements? Being a Division 1 athlete; Obtaining my doctorate and becoming a Licensed Psychologist; Starting a family (first baby due June 2022)
- Playing games
- Clemson University
- Loras College
- University of St. Thomas
- MSSA Region 9
Current licenses and certifications
- Licensed Psychologist
- University of Nevada - Las Vegas Counseling Center
Years of experience
- New Ulm Medical Center
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Major health plans we participate in
- Allina Health | Aetna
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Other health plans we participate in
- America's PPO
- First Health/Coventry
- Hennepin Health (formerly Metropolitan Health Plan)
- South Country Health Alliance
- United Behavioral Health
- Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS)