Alice Nelson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (2016), as well as an OBPLCT registered and AAMFT approved clinical supervisor (2020) in the state of Oregon. As a therapist and supervisor, Alice utilizes a collaborative approach combined with evidence-based research to help empower her clients on their journey of growth. Since 2017, Alice has been a practicing Nature Based Therapist, collaborating with Nature as a co-therapist and incorporating being outside during sessions when clinically supported.
Currently, Alice works at a Portland, Oregon based non-profit Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies, Inc. both as a therapist and clinical supervisor. At this job, Alice has also spearheaded developing and overseeing a Nature Based Clinical Program that includes standardized procedures, training, ongoing supervision, and opportunities for clients to safely engage in therapy sessions outside. And in partnership with this non-profit, Alice offers outside consultation through her Grow With Nature Consulting business as a way to provide more opportunities to share her Nature Based perspective and experience. Whether as a therapist or consultant, Alice believes that Nature has a way of teaching us an alternative, holistic perspective that can help normalize without invalidating the human condition.
Since 2013 Alice has been a practicing therapist working with ages 8 and up, and has specialized experience on a variety of complex topics (e.g. trauma, anxiety, depression, relational issues). She loves working with individuals, couples, and families to create a more sustainable environment for everyone to thrive. Alice is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), in Tier 1 of Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), and as an ACORN effective therapist based on analysis of therapy outcome data.
Previously, Alice worked outdoors on a 60 acre horse farm as a Nature Based Therapist with ages 8 and up helping individuals, couples, and families; an Intensive Community Based Child and Family Therapist working in youth homes and schools; as a Child and Family Therapist within a Juvenile Justice Center’s locked-down residential program; and has experience both in hospital and community outpatient settings. Alice also has extensive experience with coordinating and leading: groups, workshops, team building activities, educational classes, and creating experiential opportunities for growth.
Prior to becoming a therapist, Alice worked for about 5 years as a lead researcher on NIH/NIMH funded public health and program evaluation grants; this research resulted in authorship on peer-reviewed publications, as well as presentations at national and international conferences. Alice earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Spanish at SUNY Geneseo in NY, and completed her Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry.