Ian J Nelson-Johnson
He/Him/HisPsychologist, PsyD Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Ian Nelson-Johnson is a courageous, compassionate, and creative psychologist based out of Madison, Wisconsin. He practices therapy with curiosity and openness, making space for the most vulnerable parts of people to emerge and heal, while equally challenging them to grow into their best selves. He values the process of co-creating sustainable change with people, rather than putting bandages on problems that inevitably just come back again.
Clients who seek out his private practice are often at a crossroads in life, needing to choose between running from their stories or reclaiming them with grit and courage. Many of his clients want to foster more meaning and purpose in their lives as well as walk alongside a genuine, empathic professional as they wade into discomfort and the unknown.
Ian's therapeutic approach is rooted in three major components: trust, insight, and behavior change. First, It is hard to be vulnerable and open in any relationship when we don’t trust the person sitting across from us. Second, we can’t change what we don’t know, which is why a portion of his work involves exploring how clients' past patterns and experiences affect their present day lives. Once we know better, we have so much more freedom and power to do better. Lastly, Ian uses sessions as a social laboratory to help clients try on new behaviors, express new and uncomfortable feelings, and set reachable goals…all while getting real-time feedback from him in safe and supportive ways.
Ian is deeply committed to maintaining an inclusive practice and providing an affirming environment for the identities his client's hold most important. This part of his work is not lip service, and he regularly invites hard and healthy conversations into the therapeutic space.
LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Men's issues - Expertise in working with adult men; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges and promote physical and mental health
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
I recognize that therapy is a huge commitment. Finding the right therapist can be overwhelming, which is why I put my heart where my mouth is:
If you decide that therapy is not for you, I will reimburse your $200 intake fee. No questions asked.
Years of Experience: 8 years
Heartwork Counseling Center, Owner, 2023 - 2023
Ames Mind Body Center, Owner, 2018 - 2023
Iowa State University Student Counseling Service, Staff Psychologist and Group Therapy Coordinator, 2017 - 2020
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology , Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), 2016