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Laurie Nelson, MSW, LICSW

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Whether seeing clients individually, as couples, or as families, I believe in taking a family systems perspective. I work collaboratively with clients to define pragmatic goals, listen empathetically, and draw from an eclectic range of therapeutic ideas, including Adlerian play therapy, structural family therapy, strategic family therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and narrative therapy.

I am comfortable working with clients struggling with self-esteem, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and recovery from trauma or abuse. With children, I also work with behavioral concerns, parent-child relationships, and adjustment concerns. I have experience working with child protective services. I have worked with children and families in foster and adoptive homes, and with birth parents in situations involving fostering and adoption.

I received my undergraduate degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa. I have additional training in Adlerian play therapy, family systems theory, Attachment BioBehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) therapy, and Circle of Security. I have extensive experience in working in in-home settings with families experiencing issues of abuse and neglect.

I have provided in-school services for children and families struggling with behavioral issues, anxiety and depression, and adjustment concerns. I have also provided outpatient services, working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples, and am currently employed in an outpatient setting. I have a strong belief in the healing powers that we all possess inside of us. I am passionate about guiding and witnessing clients access those healing powers.

Lorenz Clinic
1435 White Oak Dr., Ste 200
Chaska, MN 55318
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Lorenz Clinic
1435 White Oak Dr., Ste 200
Chaska, MN 55318

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Practice Location:
Insurance Taken:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Medical Assistance
Optum Health
Preferred One
South Country
United Healthcare
Treatment Modalities:
Adlerian Play Therapy
Attachment Bio-Behavioral Catch-Up (ABC)
Circle of Security
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Experiential Play Therapy
Filial Play Therapy
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
LifeBook/Life Story Work
Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
Sand Tray or Sand Play
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT)
Trauma-informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP)
Areas of Practice:
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Childhood Depression
Divorce / Co Parenting
Domestic Violence
Early Traumatic Experiences
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Mood Disorder
Open Adoption
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Personality Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Suicidal Concerns
Transracial/Transcultural Families
Client Demographics:
Adult (Ad. Parent - Individual)
Adult (Adoptee)
Birth/First Parent/Family Work
Couples Work
Elementary Age (7-12)
Family Work
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (19-25)


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