Duane Nelson, LMFT, LICSW

Relationship & Couples Counseling
Rochester Minnesota 55901

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About  Duane Nelson

I am well known in Rochester by my clients and peers as an expert in couple and marriage counseling, including dating, pre-marriage counseling, and co-parenting. However, as a marriage and family therapist, I am very skilled in all kinds of relationship and family therapy. I will help you understand what’s working and not working in your relationship, what part each of you might play, and how you can move forward again. I help couples learn new skills for handling problems, and rediscover why you fell in love to begin with. You will find me easy to talk to and fair minded to both of you.

Many times when the marriage is on the line, one of you is leaning in and the other is leaning out, and you can’t agree on whether to work on it or not. I can help you decide the path you want to take. It’s called discernment counseling. It’s not marriage counseling. Rather, discernment counseling is short-term help (1-5 sessions) to assist you in making the decision about what path to take – the relationship as it is, the path leading to separation and divorce, or an all out effort to work on the marriage to see if it can be restored. The goal is to help you feel clear and confident about the future of your relationship, and have no regrets looking back. Be sure to visit my website for more information about discernment counseling, marriage counseling, my approach, and lots of good information about relationships.

Another important part of my approach is relationship education and skill training in things like communication skills, parenting, conflict resolution, dating, money management, intimacy, and spirituality. People love these small group programs and learn a great deal from them in a lively, fun, low stress atmosphere. Better skills reduce the number of counseling sessions you might need, but you can also do just education and skill training. It’s up to you. If you need counseling, I can bundle it with education to reduce your cost even further. My education and skill building programs are also described on my website.

In addition to having two mental health licenses, I am also a certified pastoral counselor, the only recognized credential for integrating spirituality with mental health. Be careful of counselors who say they offer “Christian” or “Spiritual” counseling but aren’t trained or credentialed. Read more about pastoral counseling on my website.

As you can see, I am here to help you any way I can. Be sure to visit my website to learn even more ways I can help. You are welcome to email me directly using this form, or to call my office. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Contact Information

  • Phone Number
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  • Business/ Practice Name
  • Healthy Relationships Rochester - Founder
  • Street Address
  • 1001 14th Street NW
  • City
  • Rochester
  • State
  • Minnesota
  • Zip Code
  • 55901
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    License Certification

  • What type of license/certification do you hold?
  • LMFT - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • License Number
  • 841
  • License State
  • MN
  • What type of license/certification do you hold?
  • LICSW - Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
  • 2nd License Number
  • 12120
  • 2nd License State
  • MN
  • Education

  • Graduate School/University
  • University of Wisconsin - Stout
  • Highest Degree Earned
  • Master of Science
  • Graduation Year
  • 1990
  • Gender
  • Male
  • Therapy Settings
  • In Office

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