Nancy Carlson, MA, LMFT
Nancy is our most experienced ICC therapist and dedicates most of her time to the ICC program. She believes so strongly in the program because having worked with hundreds of couples in this format, she sees first-hand the impact of ICC on peoples’ lives. She has story after story of success. Her ability to transform relationships leaves us speechless. From the first time we met Nancy we knew our couples struggling the most just might be able to find hope with Nancy. Nancy is especially skilled in helping couples encountering complex situations that seem profoundly hopeless. Clients report that she is “uniquely skilled and dedicated” and that “her soft and warm presence provides us an environment to explore our needs and process our pain.” But don’t be fooled– she will be honest and direct with you in her efforts to help you change.*
“The Intensive Therapy has been so incredible for our relationship. I feel every couple should go through this experience because it can improve every relationship you have. We were desperate for some help and guidance. We received so much more than I expected.*”- ICC Program Participant of Nancy’s
David Fredman, MMFT, M.Ed., LMFT
David’s engaging style, a quick smile and often quirky sense of humor provide a combination that is easy to warm up to. His mere presence can calm the most conflicted couples and his warmth helps clients find the connection they have lost. David has training in Gottman, and EFT (emotionally focused therapy). David is very dedicated to the Intensive Couples Counseling Program, and particularly enjoys the longer sessions times, allowing him to dig really deep with his couples.
“David is the best! He makes both my partner and I feel so comfortable with his humor, knowledge and his gentle approach! So grateful to have found him!”- Client of David’s
Rachel Nygaard, MS, LMFT
Rachel is the embodiment of kindness and warmth. You can feel her genuine caring nature the moment you meet her. She’s the kind of person that you feel like you can tell all your secrets to because there’s not a judgmental bone in her body. We love how she can hold a lot of pain for her clients; we admire how big problems don’t overwhelm her; but most of all, we appreciate how her quick wit can bring levity and hope to even the most difficult situations.
Rachel is unabashedly fixated on her clients’ goals and needs. While she is competent and well educated, she holds strong to the belief that clients have the ultimate say in their lives. Wherever her clients want to go – Rachel will do everything she can to make that journey a reality. And this brings us to what we actually love most about Rachel – her commitment. She’s committed to her clients in a way we rarely see. She will go through hell and back with the people she cares about most – because that is who she is. It is her nature and we’re so thankful to have her here at RTC.
“[The ICC Program] was priceless. After 32 years, I wasn’t sure change was possible, but I now feel no doubt that we have even the best yet to come together.”- ICC Program Participant of Rachel’s”- Client of Rachel’s
JAMES OLSONWILDE, MA
James is a combination of your favorite camp counselor and your wizened grandfather. His joy for life is contagious and only surpassed by his zeal for understanding and making every relationship better. We find it remarkable how many people leave James’ office with a smile on their face. He’s able to disentangle complex relationship knots and get clients to see the possibility of how their connection to others can be life-changing. James strongly believes that each person has their own story that shapes their current experience, and prioritizes safety and vulnerability in the therapy room to ensure that every unique story has a home.
In addition to standard ICCs, James conducts our Deep Recovery ICCs, which is an integrative approach to intensive therapy that has its roots in addiction treatment, but can be applied to a number of common issues that individuals and couples face, such as substance use concerns, compulsive sexual behavior, and more. Deep Recovery emphasizes connection to oneself as a path to connectedness with their loved ones, and James is the perfect guide to help anyone who is looking for that kind of transformational change.
“I have really enjoyed our time with James. I like his approach to our specific situation, how transparent he is about the process and that the material he introduces us to not only requires (good) behavior changes but makes perfect sense for our needs. We couldn’t be more thrilled!”- Client of James’s