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Crystal Nelson

DBT Therapist
Year Joined: 2011
Years of Experience: 19


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - BS
Adler Graduate School - MS


EMDRIA Certified Therapist in EMDR, Yoga Calm Certified

Areas of Experience
  • Addictions
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Caregiver Stress
  • Childhood Disorders
  • Christian Counseling
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • College-Aged and Student Issues
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Couples Therapy
  • DBT Skills
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • EMDR
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief & Loss
  • Guilt & Shame
  • OCD
  • Panic Disorder
  • Prayer
  • PTSD & Trauma
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Serious & Persistent Mental Illness
  • Sexual Intimacy
  • Social Anxiety
  • Spiritual Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Use
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Work Issues

More About Crystal Nelson

Clinical Interests:

Intuitive Eating, Yoga Calm Certified, Emotion Focused Couples Therapy, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Art Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Adlerian Psychotherapy.

Clinical Approach:

I first started studying psychotherapy at the University of Minnesota while majoring in Family Social Science and minoring in Public Relations. Since 2004, I practiced as a mental health therapist in Community-Based services working with individuals and families on various mental health and relational issues. In 2011, I gained my license in Marriage and Family Therapy and also gained Advanced Training in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy. In 2016, I eventually started working with the DBT team working with families, teenagers and children. I have a strong knowledge of healing modalities for family systems, various SPMI and mental health issues and healing trauma. Above all, my main intention is to work with clients to become their own self-healers, practice self-compassion and wholistic living.


I have been a competitive volleyball player since I was 12 years old. I have also been practicing mindfulness and yoga since 2009. I prided myself on my athleticism. These passions continue to carry over into my adult life playing sand volleyball and teaching yoga. I enjoy the arts like painting, dance and music. I also love spending time with family and friends.

Clinic Contact Info

Apple Valley Clinic

7300 West 147th Street, Suite 600
Apple Valley, MN 55124

(952) 997-3020