Latest counseling updates

  1. Save On Our Bundled Service Packages – Did you know we offer bundled service packages at reduced rates? You can save 15% on our brief package, and 25% on our regular package. These packages can combine various services, including assessment, standardized testing for couples and parents, regular screening tools, couples counseling, skill training workshops, individual counseling, outcome evaluations, and follow-up sessions. We have  packages that fit most people’s needs, or we can design a package for your exact needs and preferences.
  2. Education Helps Troubled Marriages – People often think only counseling can help a troubled marriage. New research confirms that troubled couples can benefit from a number of best practice education and skill training programs as well. This doesn't mean couples should not get marriage counseling. To the contrary - the real message is that combined education and counseling are probably the best way to go. 
  3. Parenting Defiant Kids – Oppositional defiance in children is probably the most researched issue in all of psychology. Many parents and professionals think the way to deal with child defiance is to bring them to counseling. In most situations, the most effective treatment is neither child nor family counseling - it's parenting training. We offer best practice parenting education and skill training, and for much less expense than counseling costs. See our parent education page for more information. Read more about this issue on our professional page.
  4. Discernment Counseling – This is a new service that has been developed out of the University of Minnesota. It is for couples who are considering divorce, but one or both partners are not entirely sure about going down that path. Discernment counseling is not marriage counseling. Rather, it is a process of helping the couple make a decision about the future of their marriage. Often one partner is leaning in and one is leaning out, and the couple are torn about which direction to go. The goal of discernment counseling is for the couple to make a decision they can feel clear and confident about, and to have no regrets looking back. See our discernment counseling page for more information.
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Duane Nelson

Born and raised in the Minneapolis, Duane is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has made his home in Rochester for the last 25 years. Duane has been married for 33 years to his wife, Cathy. The two met while doing music at the same church in Minneapolis. Duane and Cathy have two adult daughters, and the family love to travel and play cribbage together. Duane plays guitar and percussion, and the couple still make music together. Duane enjoys gardening, cookouts, hiking, reading, downhill skiing, and hanging out with friends. Duane holds three graduate degrees, two mental health licenses, and two major counseling certifications. He has worked professionally for 37 years in addiction treatment, mental health, clinical social work, pastoral counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Duane is widely regarded as an expert in marriage and family therapy. Following his retirement from Mayo Clinic, Duane founded Healthy Relationships Rochester. This innovative organization is based on developing the concept of Relationship Intelligence through teaching and disseminating best-practice relationship education and skill training programs in a variety of non-clinical settings.