Signe Nestingen Psy.D.

Signe Nestingen, Psy.D.

Core Professor
Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology
Director of Clinical Training

Brother Louis Hall, BLH 138    |    Campus Box: # 28
(612) 238-4571   |

Dr. Nestingen began teaching at Saint Mary's in 2007 and began teaching in the doctoral counseling psychology program in 2010. She serves as the director of Clinical Training, is a core faculty member, and is the mentorship coordinator. Dr. Nestingen teaches doctoral students each semester, with a rotating number of classes, and must stay current to teach these classes. She also attends community and academic training seminars and presents in both community and academic settings. She has a small clinical practice that she has maintained for more than 30 years, and she sees both individuals and couples in that practice. She has provided consultation for individuals and groups for issues related to the science of human behavior in college counseling centers, educational programs, health care centers, and for small group practices. Dr. Nestingen is active in the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) and serves on both the ethics and diversity committees.

Dr. Nestingen is an avid reader, is committed to life long learning, enjoys hiking, biking, Scrabble, and cooking. She is active in her community in a variety of ways and serves on the Anti-Racism Leadership Team in her faith community. 

  • Areas of Expertise

    Ethics and Diversity, Mental Health, Human Behavior, Abuse Therapy

  • Scholarly & Creative Interests

    Dr. Nestingen actively participates in ongoing qualitative research. Other teaching and clinical interests include professional development, aging, mentoring, spirituality, feminism, clinical consultation, and attachment and resilience throughout the lifespan.

  • Courses Taught Recently at Saint Mary's

    Advanced Developmental Psychology; Ethics and Professional Issues; Supervision and Consultation; Practicum; Clinical Issues in Aging; Counseling with Children and Families; Proseminar; and Advanced Psychopathology. Dr. Nestingen has also taught in the master’s program.

  • Professional Organizations

    - Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) 1992-present.
    - MPA Ethics Committee 1996-2000; 2014 - present
    - MPA Diversity Committee member 2015 - present
    - American Psychological Association (APA) 2000-2005; 2009 - present
    - Minnesota Women in Psychology

  • Education

    - University of St. Thomas, Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology
    - Adler Institute, Chicago, Ill, M.A. in Counseling Psychology
    - Augsburg College, B.A. Major, Sociology; Minor, Communications

    Doctoral Project: The Personal Affect of the Work of Therapy on Midlife, Mid-Career Female Therapists. Committee Members: Mary Hayes, Ph.D., L.P., Skip Nolan, Ph.D., L.P.

  • Experience

    Dr. Nestingen has been teaching at the graduate level since 2002. She was a Saint Mary’s University Faculty Fellow in 2014-2015.

    Dr. Nestingen is licensed both as a psychologist and as a marriage and family therapist and has maintained a private psychotherapy, consultation, and public speaking practice since the late 1980’s. Dr. Nestingen works with individuals and couples with a wide range of issues including depression, grief, loss, trauma, sexuality, anxiety, and development. Dr. Nestingen is a public speaker and serves as a consultant on issues related to mental health, resilience, and well-being across the lifespan. 


    One innovative model for formal mentorships in a Psy.D. curriculum: The mentoring program at Saint Mary’s University
    International Symposium on Lasallian Research | Minneapolis, MN

    Who you gonna call? Ethics in practice and board practices in investigating complaints
    MN Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers conference | Minneapolis, MN

    Yes, no, maybe: Ethical decision making in the gray zone
    Minnesota Psychological Association Annual Conference | Minneapolis, MN

    The effects of trauma work on clinicians: Vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, post-traumatic growth and protective factors
    Hamm Clinic | St. Paul, MN

    One innovative model for formal mentorships in a Psy.D. curriculum: The mentoring program at Saint Mary’s University.
    National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology Conference | Atlanta, GA

    Recent Articles:

    Growing Beyond Abuse: A Workbook for Survivors of Sexual Exploitation or Childhood Sexual Abuse
    Omni Recovery, Incorporated
    Nestingen, Signe L., Lewis, Laurel Ruth