Adjunct Faculty Profile

em k nelson

Em K. Nelsen

Adjunct Faculty

Education: LMFT, M.S., Seattle Pacific University (2019); B.S., Colorado State University (2014)

Em Nelsen enters Seattle Pacific University (SPU) as an adjunct professor of Marriage and Family Therapy. Before joining SPU as a faculty member, Em was a former Marriage and Family Therapy student and has experience with therapeutic populations in inpatient, outpatient, and private practice settings. Em currently works with clients in a group practice setting outside of SPU.  

As a clinician and an instructor, Em believes in the value and importance of lived experience, the centering of intersectionality and diversity, the use of anti-oppression and social justice lenses, and the impact of systems on storylines, both dominant and personal. These values are directly reflected in Em’s teaching style and curriculum. In her practice, Em works primarily with gender and sex-minority youth, teens, and families, to navigate identity development, various stages of gender transitions, coming out processes, and work towards meaningful future storylines.  

When not teaching or seeing clients, you can find Em cheering on the Denver Broncos with her wonderful wife, playing with her two dogs, spending time near the ocean, or exploring local breweries.

Em’s Practice –


Modern Therapy Seattle