WALT NIELSON Jr., MS, MFTi - Program Director
Walt has been working in the field of psychology and substance abuse since 1996. He received his BA from the University of Cal State-Fullerton in 1998, then his MS in Psychology from Holy Family University in Philadelphia in 2003. Walt has the benefit of a clinical as well as experiential perspective of treatment.
Clinically, his orientation is Person-Centered, Jungian, and Cognitive-Behavioral. Spirituality in recovery is viewed as a priceless component. Men and Women under his care in treatment are encouraged to explore and develop self definitions and conceptualizations of this spirituality. The 12 Step Model of Recovery, Sponsorship and a feeling of belonging in the 12 Step fellowship are viewed as essential to long term sustained recovery.
Walt's career in the field of psychology has lead to in depth knowledge and experience with the Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice, and Substance Abuse Populations. Mood disorders, schizophrenia and substance abuse are areas in which he has collected an expansive amount of information and knowledge.
Personally, Walt is a proud veteran of the United States Army. He served with former Secretary of The Army, Louis Caldera. Louis introduced him to his sister, who later became the Mother of the first Four of his Five beautiful Children. Walt lives and resides in Newport Beach, but will forever be a Philadelphia Guy and Eagles Fan.Read More