Dr. Scott Nelson, PhD
Clinical Professional experience
Has worked in the Mental Health field for over 35 years
and has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
since 1981 when he began his private practice
with individuals,couples, families and groups.
Dr. Nelson worked full time specifically with troubled youth
for 12 years at the McAuley Neuropsychiatric Institute
while attending the College of Marin and UC Berkeley
With the youth (and adults) in his private practice he has worked
in many different formats from formal psychotherapeutic approach
to that of a more directive life coach.
Education, Teaching, Research
Dr. Nelson earned his PhD from the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley in 1984.
He has taught a wide variety of subjects in many different academic and public settings and audiences.
From 1985 to 1987 he was the Director of the Navy Family Stress and Coping project
at the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto . He was the Research Director at MRI for 1988-1992.
Dr. Nelson has conducted many research projects and is the author of dozens of academic
and the general public directed articles as well authoring the Simon & Schuster book,
... Lost Lovers, Found Friends: getting over a romance without losing a friend.
General Life experiences
Merchant marine to Latin America at the age of 16
(mother was totally freaked at first but got over it and is now glad he did it),
Co-director of a youth program working with inmates at San Quentin prison while still in high school.
In 1969, at the age of 19, Dr. Nelson was hired as mental health worker as part of the original staff
of the in-patient unit at the Community Mental Center at Marin General Hospital .
From 1970 though 1973 he traveled for three years in Asia and Europe.
Dr. Nelson also raised his two extraordinary, now grown sons,
............ and is always gratified that they still talk to him!
This wide range experiences, professional and personal, seem to have served him well in that
he is comfortable in engaging a range of people with different backgrounds, professions and perspectives.