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Ian Nelson-Johnson(He/Him/His)

Psychologist, PsyD
LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics- Life transitions- Loss, grief, and bereavement-Men's issues- Relationship issues- Trauma-

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Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

As you search for a therapist who you can really "click" with, here are a few things about me to help in the process:

I invest deeply in my clients. Should you choose to work with me, you will receive personalized care that goes beyond our sessions. You will frequently leave session with recommendations (e.g., books, podcasts, movies) as well as accountability behavioral goals to help move you forward in the change process. I also walk my talk, meaning I set healthy boundaries and do my own internal work, which translates into less burnout and increased ability to offer you the best care possible. I am not afraid to share parts of my own story and struggle to help serve your healing process and let you know that you are not alone. Outside of the office, you can often find me doing some of the following: laughing and playing with my family, biking, hiking, reading fantasy or science fiction, going to live music, or visiting the mountains.

Lastly, I want you to know that there is nothing more brave than getting into the ring with yourself, especially the parts you would much rather avoid, edit, or flat our deny. I genuinely believe that if you willingly step into discomfort and vulnerability, you are a badass. So whether it is with me or another therapist, I hope you go for it, because you’re worth it.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

Heartwork Counseling Center, Owner
Iowa State University Student Counseling Service, Staff Psychologist and Group Therapy Coordinator
Ames Mind Body Center, Owner

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology , Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), 2016


Wisconsin: 4068-57 - Iowa: 092237




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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • United Healthcare (in-network in WI)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$175 (55min)
  • Sliding scale:$100 - $175

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

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:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
Therapist's note

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.

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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