Greta Nielsen, MA, LCPC, NCC, MBSR-T, specializes in childhood and teen challenges and disorders. She works with clients as young as three years old who are diagnosed with Impulse Control Deficit, Autism Spectrum, Sensory Integration, Selective Mutism, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Separation Anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity. Greta is also a skilled clinician with adults and emerging adults, successfully treating clients with Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders and Adjustment to Phase of Life issues.
Greta has over 25 years of psychotherapy experience helping children, teens and adults of all ages tap into their strengths and capabilities, endure hard-times, and achieve their life’s goals, ambitions and dreams. Her versatile counseling approach/skills are a direct result of her work in various mental health and social service settings, which include inpatient residential treatment, non-profit child welfare, and outpatient psychotherapy. Along the way, she inspired, motivated and guided a great many people into becoming healthier, happier and more connected in their relationships.
Greta is a non-judgmental, patient, and empathetic counselor who is able to engage her clients in a safe exploration of their personal and relational limitations and obstacles, while engaging them in a proactive plan of resolution. She treats each client as fully unique individuals who are more defined by their strengths, capabilities and potential than by the problems that led them to seek her services.
Her therapy approach combines compassion, empathy and down-to-earth authenticity. By blending various psychotherapy approaches and techniques, she is able to best help a wide array of clients and personality types. Her diverse experiences, theoretical orientation, and skill all work together to help her clients triumph over their weaknesses, while putting them on a long-term path to good mental health.
Greta is uniquely able to blend many types of research-based theories and practices to find the right strategies that best meet her psychotherapy client’s needs and desires. Mindfulness based counseling is one of these scientifically validated treatment methods that predictably provides her clients with relief from anxiety, dread, depression, and attention deficits. Greta’s mastery of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps clients better understand how and why their thoughts, feelings and behaviors interact with each other and how to modify them so they enhance versus hurt their lives. Greta is one of the few counseling practitioners who are educated, trained and in some cases, certified in Interactive Play Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Family Therapy. She is also a Certified 1-2-3 Magic Family Trainer.
Greta is considered a preeminent expert on the treatment of a wide range of childhood and teen challenges and disorders. She earned her well-deserved reputation because of her ability to connect with her young clients, reach into their private world, and direct a therapy process that yields results – for the child, parent, family, school, and social environment.
In addition, Greta is a tireless advocate for her clients and, when appropriate, their families. She not only understands the importance and necessity of multi-disciplinary treatment teams; she collaborates well with them. Her work with various referral sources, physicians, psychiatrists, school social workers, and other professionals involved in the care of her clients has resulted in her well-deserved positive reputation in various professional communities.
"I was lucky to meet you and want to thank you for all you did to help me throughout high school. I am now a school social worker and give my students the same tips and helpful skills you showed me. Thank you for all that you did to help not only me, but my family."
"I wanted to let you know how much your expertise helped us to set our daughter up for success in this next phase. Thank you so much for all that you have done to help our family get through this. Your knowledge and expertise has been invaluable to us and we are so grateful to have you as a resource."
"I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your work with our son; he has come a long way from when he first started seeing you. We have seen his confidence grow and his ability to handle challenges improve. He even looks forward to his appointments now!"
"I want to thank you for all of your time, energy, and hard work that you put in with my daughter. While she still has some things to work on, she has come so far from where she started when she first came to see you. Thanks to you, she is now more confident in her ability to stand up for herself and to express what she is feeling in a healthy and acceptable manner. I cannot express to you just how much I appreciate you and all that you have done for our family. You are amazing, and I recommend you every time someone asks me about a therapist for their child. From the bottom of my heart, thank you."
"I wanted to thank you again for all of your help. I’ve had limited anxiety and am able to enjoy myself/relax much more than in the past decade. Mindfulness and understanding my response to scenarios has been huge. One of the biggest tools you gave me was reframing the goal of what is productive in the moment. Example being #1 goal at the moment is to make my children feel important and follow their lead on play. Will continue to work on mindfulness and affirmations to prepare myself. Optimistic about where the practices will continue to take me and again can’t thank you enough!"