Ian Nelson-Johnson
PSY.D., L.P.

Pronouns: He/Him/His


My simple, intentional goal as a developing human being and professional is to bring life into the world. As a psychologist, I strive to empower people and their healing by co-creating a space that welcomes authenticity, vulnerability, and personal growth.

It takes tremendous courage to turn the spotlight inward and work on ourselves, and I consider it a privilege to walk alongside people as they navigate this gritty, wild, and immensely challenging task of being human. It is why I have such deep respect for the people who walk through my office door. If you are that person, know this: ALL of you is welcome here. Meaningful relationships are central to our well-being, just as much as water or air; however, they often are the source of intense pain. Our therapeutic relationship will be built on a bedrock of trust, unconditional acceptance, and freedom from contempt and shame.

Areas of Interest

I have 10+ years of clinical experience and remain committed to working and providing an affirming space with people from all walks of life.

I have completed the basic training course in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR Therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, pain, and complicated grief among others.

I feel especially capable to work with the following: men’s issues, relationship distress, trauma, grief & loss of all kinds, depression, gender identity, anxiety, family of origin concerns, spirituality & religion, and identity concerns.

Professional Biography

I am a licensed psychologist and health service provider in the state of Wisconsin. I earned a Doctorate in Psychology (Psy. D.) from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (APA-accredited program). I completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship at Iowa State University. I earned a Master of Arts degree in Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology at Miami University of Ohio. Before our move to Wisconsin, we opened a mind-body center in Ames, Iowa. Prior to going full-time at our center in Ames, I was a Staff Psychologist and the Group Therapy Coordinator at Iowa State University’s Student Counseling Service (SCS).

Outside the Office

Aside from co-creating a brave space with my clients, I am passionate about the following: making memories, laughter and play, road and mountain biking, reading fantasy novels, live music, playing soccer, spikeball, yoga, meditation, camping, hiking, and beautiful sunsets.