Compassionate care
that meets you where you are, while guiding you along the way to where you want to be.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  It is proven effective in treating trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.  EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions and can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies.

Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), complicated grief, and trauma-related problems in children and adolescents ages 3-18.  It has been proven effective in reducing PTSD symptoms, externalizing behaviors, sexualized behaviors, and shame in children who have experienced trauma and abuse and has been named “Best Practice” for cases of child abuse (Medical University of South Carolina).

Exposure and Response Prevention (Ex/RP or ERP)

Ex/RP is an evidence-based treatment which is effective for individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), specific phobias, and anxiety-related disorders. This treatment includes exposing yourself to fears while decreasing avoidance patterns and ritual behaviors. Exposures are expected to increase anxiety/distress initially. With repeated practice, the majority of individuals experience a significant reduction in symptoms of distress and increased freedom.

Play Therapy

Children communicate, interact with and understand their world, and process emotions through play.  In play therapy, a therapist who is trained in this modality oversees the play, provides selected play materials, and facilitates the development of a safe relationship for the child to fully express themselves and explore their world.  Children learn to communicate, express feelings, process trauma, problem solve, and practice new behaviors.  Play therapy has been demonstrated to be effective in treating a number of childhood concerns such as: anxiety, depression, acting out behaviors, grief, trauma, chronic illness, family/adjustment issues, and autism.

Parent Sessions/Family Therapy

Parents need support, too!  Sometimes it may be helpful for us to meet without your child in order to find new strategies for a specific behavior, work through a parenting disagreement, or just feel supported.  Other times, it can be helpful to meet with you and your child (and/or other family members) to address family dynamics, communication patterns, and concerns together.  We will practice healthy communication strategies and problem solving as a system.  Common reasons for a parent or family session are life transitions (marriage, divorce, move, death), conflict, mental or physical illness of a member of the family, and adoption concerns.

General Therapy

In addition to the specialized therapies mentioned, I also provide general individual therapy.  I use evidence-based practices including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, self-compassion, and relaxation to treat concerns such as anxiety, depression, and stress caused by life transitions. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults.


Kristin Nelson, PsyD, LP

I am a Licensed Psychologist with over 20 years in the mental health field, 10 of those as a psychologist.  I received my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) in 2008 and my Doctor of Psychology Degree from MSPP in 2011.  Prior to receiving my doctorate, I worked with children and families in their homes, group homes, and an elementary school.  I have also facilitated Multi-Family Adolescent DBT groups and provided individual DBT therapy to both adults and adolescents, in addition to receiving specialty trainings in EMDR, ExRP, TF-CBT, and play therapy.

My clinical interests include depression, anxiety, ADHD, adjustment problems, OCD, trauma, attachment, and parenting concerns to name a few.  I work with ages three and up and particularly enjoy helping families and parents learn and practice healthier communication styles and conflict resolution.  I am passionate about providing evidence-based (proven effective by research) treatments while meeting clients where they are at and helping them get to where they would like to be in life. I bring humor and warmth to sessions with a direct, active, and collaborative style. I emphasize validation and create a non-judgmental atmosphere.

In my free time I enjoy reading, jogging, cooking, baking, playing with my cats, and spending time with friends and family.


  • Psy.D., Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (Eagan, MN) 2011
  • M.A., Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (Eagan, MN) 2008
  • B.A., Psychology, Concordia University (St. Paul, MN) 2004

Academic Training

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Minnesota Center for Psychology (St. Paul, MN 2011-2013)
  • Internship: Washburn Center for Children (Minnetonka, MN 2010-2011)
  • Therapy Practicum: Washburn Center for Children (Minnetonka, MN 2008-2010)
  • Assessment Practicum: Shannon Park Elementary (Rosemount. MN)

Specialized Training

  • EMDRIA approved EMDR training, Hector Matascastillo, MSW, LICSW November 2020
  • DBT with Adolescents, Alec Miller, PsyD April 2019
  • Advanced BTech Training in DBT-A, Michael Hollander, PhD October 2018
  • Prolonged Exposure for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Tracey Lichner, PhD May 2016
  • Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD, Tracey Lichner, PhD May 2014
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), David Hong, PsyD (2010-2011)

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • Member: Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA)
  • Member: American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Associate Member: EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)


Need to schedule an appointment?

At this time I do not offer online scheduling. To schedule a first or follow-up appointment, please contact me.

Need to cancel an appointment?

All appointments must be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance. Missed appointments, or those cancelled within 24 hours of the appointment will be charged the full session fee for the missed appointment. Late cancellation fees and missed appointment fees are not reimbursed by insurance companies.

Rates & Insurance

Due to COVID-19, many services are being provided virtually.  If you or I need or prefer virtual sessions, we will utilize the platform built into your portal and my Electronic Health Record platform, Simple Practice.


I am out-of-network with insurance companies; however, I can provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance for reimbursement. Please contact your insurance company to understand your out-of-network benefits. Reimbursement will depend on your individual insurance plan.​​

There are many advantages to using private pay for therapy. Due to the rising costs of healthcare, insurance benefits have increasingly become more complex.  Self-pay allows for greater freedom in the type(s), availability, and duration of treatment to get to the root of the problems you are facing, which may increase the efficacy and personalization of treatment.


I charge $200 for an initial appointment, also called an intake or diagnostic assessment.

Subsequent sessions in-person or online are $150 for 45-50 minutes.

Sessions that occur in your home or the community are $200 plus travel time.


If you need to get in touch, please use the contact form below. Be sure to include either your phone number or email so I can get back to you.

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  • Ask questions about my processes, conditions treated or services provided;
  • Ask me general questions about insurance or payments.

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821 Raymond Avenue, Suite 220
Saint Paul, MN 55114
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