Kjersti Nelson, MA, MFT license #53781

Psychotherapist & Run Coach

I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Run Coach.   I am licensed by California's Board of Behavioral Sciences. I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2010, and with my Bachelor’s Degree in Interpersonal Communication from Southern Utah University in 2006.   In 2018 I became a NAASFP Certified Long Distance Running Coach. 

I have been a long distance runner since 1998.  Some of my personal running accomplishments include running 17 miles, round trip, to the top of Mount Timpanogos (twice!) a 4,580 foot climb in elevation, 3 marathons, twenty or so half marathons, and countless 5ks and 10ks.  I have a particular love for both the 5k and the half marathon.  I find both races to require skilled training, endurance, mental strategy and fortitude.  

In 2014 I opened a Marriage and Family Therapy private practice, specializing in positive parenting practices, especially in co-parenting, adaptations to life circumstances, depression, and anxiety.  I am a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator.

Prior to my private practice I worked extensively with individuals, couples, children, and families on topics like co-parenting, addiction and drug abuse, divorce, child and teen development, life changes, depression, bi-polar, and anxiety.  

Before becoming a psychotherapist I worked with people with mental and physical disabilities helping them function in their daily lives and reach for their dreams.  I’ve also nannied, and have a family of my own. 

I've been specially trained in Object Relations Therapy, Play Therapy, Systems, and Strength Based Approaches to therapy. I tend to use a multiple modality approach borrowing from the above theories as well as Existential, Narrative, Somatic, Eco-therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Theories.  I adapt my approach to every individual's needs, circumstances, and personality.

In my current practice I've worked to combine these two passions of therapy and running.  The concept is that I provide therapy services while we run, jog, or walk.  There is good evidence-based research for this both as a methodology and as an intervention.  To learn more about what Running + Therapy is or to learn more about my theoretical orientation please visit my FAQS page.  To learn more about the services I offer please visit my Services page.