About Me

Hello, my name is Todd Nelson. I grew up and currently live in Central Illinois. I began work in as a millwright/carpenter until the job market faltered in the early 80s. It was time to go back to school. With a wife and child, I opted to join the Air Force to help with those expenses. After Desert storm and 10 years of active duty, I left the military. While working on my Master's degree in counseling, I worked as an on-call therapist for an out-patient mental health clinic. I went on to become a full-time therapist with that clinic until I went on as a therapist at an in- patient facility for youth. After a few years there, I went back to my former clinic. In 2009, I took a full time position as Mental Health Professional within the Illinois Department of Corrections. In total, I have 29 years of experience in the mental health field.

If I were to describe my counseling approach, I would have to say that everyone has their own "ship to sail throughout life and my purpose is to help the captain navigate".
Within that description, I would say I use a person centered, solution focused approach. I am very laid back and I don't get caught up in citing any schools of psychology or therapy; what I call psychobabble.

My other interests outside the field are motorcycling and wood working.

Let's chat.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Domestic Violence , First Responder Issues , Forgiveness , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Years of Experience: 29

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


LCPC #180.003983 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Todd Nelson. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by C.O. on Jul 01, 2022 after therapy with Todd for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Todd Nelson is an excellent counselor. He actively listens to my concerns and helps me sort through the pieces. He is kind and empathetic. I appreciate how he helps me express my thoughts in a clear and meaningful way.

Written by T.A. on Apr 03, 2022 after therapy with Todd for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes

Todd is a great listener and asks thought-provoking questions to better understand the situation I am faced with. Glad to have Todd to count on when I need guidance!

Written by D.A. on Mar 19, 2022 after therapy with Todd for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

I’ve been very particular about which therapists to go to and haven’t had the best experience in the past but after finding Todd I strongly believe I won’t ever be looking for another therapist again. He’s very understanding, knowledgeable, kindhearted, a great listener and he challenges you when needed. I enjoy that he’s open with you about himself and it’s not entirely one sided. After my first session it brought tears to my eyes because I’ve been struggling and Todd truly cares and gives you such a sense of relief. Thank you BetterHelp for matching me with Todd, I was not expecting this.

Written by M.I. on Mar 08, 2022 after therapy with Todd for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

I find Todd easy to talk to definitely a good listener that makes me feel comfortable opening up and sharing with and Todd has a great sense of humor

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