Jeanne M. Nelson, M.S., Clinical Psychology is a Certified Acupressurist, Reiki Master/Teacher and iRest teacher who believes that each of us has the ability to address the pain and stresses in our lives and come to harmony and balance by accessing the self-healing wisdom within our bodies.
Jeanne began her professional career in the 1970′s in mental health counseling with individuals and families after receiving a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State University. Her later work took her into the global arena of non-profit organizations that brought to light the struggles and challenges of women’s emerging work roles in society. She organized and led work/life balance workshops and interchanges in Europe and Africa culmintating in presentations at global gatherings such as the United Nation’s Women’s Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
Jeanne has also advised corporate foundations (Levi Strauss, Gap, IBM, Blue Shield) and government agencies to steer philanthropic financial investments into communities across the United States to address social justice, mental health, education, economic and women’s health issues.
Throughout her work experience whether working with individuals or communities, there were certain principles that guided her. She learned that healthy and lasting transformational change came as a result of listening closely to the needs and solutions of those most impacted. Outside prescriptions to address individual or community challenges without honest and open dialogue rarely resulted in long term sustainable solutions. Jeanne brings those principles into her healing work with clients today.
In 1998, Jeanne’s meditation spiritual practice was formalized when she was lay ordained in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Armed with her spiritual base and professional work experience, Jeanne began to expand her knowledge of Eastern healing modalities.
It was through her mother’s journey with breast cancer and hospice care that Jeanne awoke to more fully appreciate the limitations of western conventional medicine and to study other modalities that could complement and address pain and suffering of those with cancer.
She trained and volunteered with the nationally recognized hospice model, the Zen Hospice Project. She became a Reiki practitioner and offered Reiki sessions to low-income women with cancer at the Charlotte Maxwell Center. She also facilitated many grief support groups with Sutter Visiting Nurses Assoc. (VNA).
Jeanne began formal training in Acupressure and Asian Body Work at the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley and became a Certified Acupressurist in 2008. She has since continued advance trainings in the areas of Cancer, Traditional Asian Theory and Practice, Major Medical Disorders, Stress Management, Emotional Balance, Women’s Health, Arthritis, Reiki, Energy Balancing and Qigong.
She believes that the road to good health is an ongoing process and that integrating the benefits of complementary healing modalities such as Acupressure, Reiki, iRest and Qigong with conventional western medicine offers each of us optimal opportunities to take charge of our own health and well being.