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Angel Nelson, LCMHC

Stress, Anxiety Trauma and abuse Grief Depression Compassion fatigue
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About me

I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in the state of North Carolina and a Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider. I have been counseling for 16 years since my internship began in 2005. I am an active member of the American Counseling Association. I hold a Master of Science degree in Counselor Development and Education with an emphasis in Community Counseling and a Specialist in Education degree with an emphasis in Child and Youth Settings both of which were received in 2006 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families on various issues. Some of these issues include but are not limited to trauma, mood disorders (depression & bipolar), anxiety disorders, family violence, grief and loss, foster care and adoption issues, stress management, self-esteem, and behavioral problems.

I believe that therapy has to be tailored to your personality and needs. Rogerian person-centered skills are the foundation of my work, and I often integrate Carl Jung's psychodynamic approach, Irvin Yalom's existential model, and John Bowlby's attachment theory into my work as appropriate. I also incorporate Emotion Freedom Technique developed by Gary Craig. While often not the focus, I will incorporate cognitive-behavioral techniques to meet your needs.

It is my belief that at the center, the very core of our beings, we have everything we need to be well. Each one of us is designed to be healthy, happy, and at peace. Along the way, “life” happens, and we become “less well” than we were created to be. Rather than looking at being “less well” as a disease or disorder, I think of it as being at a crossroads on our journey in life that leads us to make choices---choices that significantly impact our overall well-being. My hope is to meet you at your crossroads and assist you in centering yourself to look within for guidance to best navigate your journey.

A little about me without my counselor hat: I am an HSP (highly sensitive person). I love traveling and experiencing new places and cultures. I am a Reiki Master/Teacher. I am an INFJ on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. My sun sign is Scorpio. I am an adoptee who has been on my own healing journey through self-care and counseling. I love animals, writing, nature, reading, and Netflix (yes, I have been known to binge-watch a time or two).

Professional experience

17yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Domestic Violence, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

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I would not survive the rubbish life throws at me without Angel.

Written on Feb 08, 2023 after therapy with Angel for 5 years and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Angel is compassionate and has a lot of knowledge. She has given me various tools to deal with depression that I have now incorporated into my daily life and have helped me significantly. My perspective on life has shifted thanks to her. She helped me understand my mind and patterns and how to manage all of that. She is very easy to talk to, I felt comfortable with her right from the start. She has never missed a session, she has always answered my messages and been able to reassure me on any issue I had, she always understands me and always digs deep into the matter to understand the core of the issue. After a session with her I always feel more optimistic and refreshed, an I am able to see all the possibilities life has to offer. Thank you Angel!

Written on Nov 18, 2022 after therapy with Angel for 5 years on issues concerning depression, and self esteem

Angel is just that, an Angel, and a constant course of reassurance and accountability in my life. She is helping me to reframe my negative thought patterns and acknowledge my success and accomplishments, recover from narcissistic and other forms of emotional abuse and trauma, and regain my confidence and my positive outlook on life by breaking free of my crippling anxiety and high-functioning depression. I am incredibly lucky to be able to work with someone who is so thoughtful, empathetic, conscientious, and clearly passionate about her calling. She also opened up a new world of understanding about myself after diagnosing me as a Highly Sensitive Person and helping me unpack my INFJ personality type. I finally understand all the things I thought were "wrong" about myself, and am learning to celebrate my differences as strengths rather than framing them, internally and externally, as weaknesses. It has truly been an empowering journey, and I am able to set healthy boundaries with people in my life now, while slowly breaking free of the negative conditioning I received growing up with co-dependent parents that putting myself first was somehow selfish or "bad." She has helped me put distance and boundaries down with my narcissistic mother, break up with narcissistic friends, and see the general patterns in my childhood, adolescence, and early adult life that perpetuated my tendency to fall victim to this type of abuse in particular. Now I have a healthy relationship with an amazing partner with a secure attachment style, who supports me and lifts me up. I never thought I could be in such a fulfilling relationship and be so open and raw about myself, my feelings, and who I am with a partner. It is truly incredible. I also have a newfound appreciation of my supportive friend network after removing myself from toxic friendships, which has led to a renewal of my self-worth, even if it has been a very difficult process, considering the friendships in question dated back to my early-teen years (and I'm now in my 30s). But hey, quality over quantity, and the length of time of a relationship does not at all define the nature of that relationship, something Angel patiently reminded me of to help me on my journey. Today she tells me she is proud of me, and I can actually say I am so proud of myself, too, which has not always been easy for me to say.

After my amazing experience with Angel, I have recommended BetterHelp to many close friends, and have heard similar success stories. I want to extend a huge thank you to all of you at BetterHelp, and to all of your therapists like Angel who make mental healthcare not only accessible, but actually enjoyable (something I really never anticipated).

I hesitated to go to therapy for years, both because of the fear/anxiety that went with actually physically going to see a therapist, the high cost (incompatible with my income as a PhD student and also with the COVID pandemic's financial impact overall), and fear/anxiety that I would not be able to find a therapist that was compatible with my needs or my situation. BetterHelp and Angel have eliminated all of those fears, and helped me regain control of my inner world. I really cannot thank your team enough, and words can't really encompass my gratitude for Angel in particular. Keep on keeping on, you are changing the world of mental health for the better, and I humbly admire everything you do ❤️

Written on Sep 10, 2021 after therapy with Angel for 2 years and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

My experience with Angel so far has been very positive and educational!!

Written on May 12, 2021 after therapy with Angel for 1 month

I’ve been working with Angel for awhile now, I really love that she understands me and helps me with the best options for me.

Written on Jan 20, 2021 after therapy with Angel for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

Angel understands you sometimes better than you understand yourself. She is intelligent and tackles your problems professional and from many different angles, fields and studies. She is great at what she does and I am happy to have her provide me with a assortment of solutions.

Written on Dec 21, 2020 after therapy with Angel for 3 years on issues concerning depression, self esteem, and career difficulties