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Therapists in Wisconsin Rapids

Since 1988, our psychologist and psychotherapists at Clinical Services have offered comprehensive counseling services for families, individuals, and children. Let them help you understand your problems and help you learn to use the right tools to resolve them.

Our Staff

Our licensed psychologist and psychotherapists are here for you. They have years of experience and can offer insightful and gentle guidance to help you overcome any personal struggle. Our professional staff includes:

Michael Jan Nelson, Ph. D., Licensed Psychologist
Daniel Horgan, MSW, LCSW
Michael Surendonk, MSSW, LCSW

To make an appointment, please call (715) 424-3400.
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Michael Jan Nelson, Ph.D., FACFP

Michael Nelson, Ph.D., FACFP, has been in clinical practice in the central Wisconsin area for more than 25 years. He received his baccalaureate in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1976. Subsequently, he attended the Michigan State University where he received his master’s degree in Psychology in 1983 and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1987. Additionally, he later completed a postdoctoral externship in forensic psychology and was made a fellow of the American College of Forensic Psychology in 2000.

Dr. Nelson is a generalist who, while eclectic in overall orientation, generally favors interpersonal and cognitive/behavioral approaches to treatment. He prefers processes that emphasize self-actualization and individual worth. Areas of special interest include treatment of depression and marital conflict. Additionally, he performs assessments of Attention Deficit Disorder, Personality, Learning, Cognition, and other psychological concerns. He also enjoys the challenge of forensic evaluations for attorneys and courts in criminal and civil matters. An ongoing member of the Wisconsin Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, the American College of Forensic Psychology,  and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.   Dr. Nelson is a former chairman of both the WPA Professional Interest Committee and the WPA Professional Practices Committee.     

"I have always had an interest in people and a curiosity about how we become who we are, what drives the choices we make, and what helps and hinders us in becoming the persons we want to become. Additionally, I have a strong belief in the inherent goodness of individuals and in our capacity to become more competent and capable, but I am not unaware of our foibles and misgivings, which impede individual growth and self-actualization. By way of training, my orientation is interpersonal, cognitive and science-based, while attentive to the influence of family dynamics, relational complexities, and the impact of others on our decisions. My focus is on individual self-actualization and the role of our thoughts and beliefs in defining our characters, moods, and interactions. As individuals, we hold responsibility for our choices, decisions, and means of interacting with others around us. Such perspective is not meant to minimize the role significance of genetics, biochemistry, or synaptic processes, but is a reflection of my amazement at our complexity and the power of our thoughts and beliefs.  

My involvement in forensic psychology is similarly an outgrowth of my interest in people, how people function, and how we become dysfunctional, both individually and within the confines of society."

Daniel Horgan, MSW

Daniel Horgan, MSW, has practiced clinically for over 30 years in the central Wisconsin area. He received his master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Dan utilizes a cognitive approach to address issues of depression, anxiety, and stress. He enjoys working with individuals and couples regarding marital issues and relational concerns. Additionally, he provides therapy to children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems and works with families in distress. Dan also provides behavioral management skills and parenting strategies. Adults and children with Attention Deficit Disorder are another area of interest and expertise.  

Michael Surendonk, MSSW

Mike Surendonk, MSSW, has a 35-year history of mental health experience. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in Social Work at the UW-Eau Claire in 1978 and Master of Science in Social Work degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. He is a licensed Clinical Social Worker.  

Mike provides relational, family, and individual therapy, as well as post-divorce parental counseling. He has special interest in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy in the treatment of emotional distress secondary to anxiety, depression, chronic pain, eating disorders, and sleep disorders. Mike also enjoys working with relationship concerns utilizing various approaches, such as Integrated Couples Therapy and Motivational Enhancement Therapy.

Mike has also contributed to The Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune as a published columnist. Click the buttons below to download his published work. (Documents are in PDF format.)
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