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Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Florida

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, New York

Licensed Professional Counselor, New Jersey 

Licensed Professional Counselor, Texas

Professional Counselor Telehealth Provider, South Carolina



Ph.D. student in Counseling​, Florida Atlantic University ​

  • Research focus: polyvagal-informed therapies for trauma​​

Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Boston College​

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Boston College

  • Applied Psychology and Human Development, Communications, and English 

Certifications and Trainings:

  • Florida Qualified Supervisor (QS)

  • Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

  • Certified provider of the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)

  • Certified Professional Life Coach (CPC) by the Certified Life Coach Institute

  • Intensively Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by Behavioral Tech, LLC

  • Trained in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

  • Certified Rape Crisis Counselor

  • Trained provider of Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)

  • Certified provider of Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy (SMART), a treatment method for children and adolescents with complex trauma

  • Certified Community Trainer, Enough Abuse Campaign (EAC)

  • Trained in HeartMath

  • Trained in Psychological First Aid (PFA)
  • Trained in Identifying & Supporting Survivors of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and Youth Trafficking
  • Trained in Building Communities of Care (BCC)

  • Trained in nonviolent crisis intervention by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)


Nelson, R., Emelianchik-Key, K., Gill, C. (in press). Chapter 10: Mental Health Clinical Assessments and Personality Testing in Appraisal, Assessment, and Evaluation for Counselors: A Practical Guide. Springer.


Cannon, M., Credé, M., Kimber, J. M., Brunkow, A., Nelson, R., & McAndrew, L. M. (2022). The common-sense model and mental illness outcomes: A meta-analysis. Clinical psychology & psychotherapy, 29(4), 1186–1202.

Professional Presentations:

Nelson, R., Gordon, S. (2023, December 8). Whose Story is it Anyway? Individual Development across Family Systems. Presentation for the Mental Health Counselor’s Association of Palm Beach CEU Workshop Series. Boynton Beach, FL.


Bossie, C., Nelson, R., Alayza, M. (2023, September 8). Show Me What You Got: Simulated Sessions as a Means of Counselor Education Assessment. 2023 Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling Conference. Nashville, TN.


Cannon, M.E., McAndrew, L., Nelson, R., Kimber, J., Brunkow, A., & Karpel, E. (2018, November). Meta-analysis: Mental illness beliefs, mediators, and outcomes. Presentation at the University at Albany’s Counseling Psychology Data-Blitz.

Professional Memberships:

  • EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

  • Trauma Research Foundation (TRF)

  • Polyvagal Institute (PVI)

  • Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA)

  • New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA)

  • Mental Health Counselors Association of Palm Beach (MHCAPB)

  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)

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