Nancy experienced the following symptoms related to stress and anxiety:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty thinking/concentrating
- Dry mouth
- Fear of initiating and maintaining conversations
- Fear of small, confined spaces (claustrophobia)
- Fear of what others think of me
- Heart palpitations
- Hot flashes
- Irritability, on edge
- Muscle tension, stiffness, pain
- Nausea, diarrhea
- Shortness of breath
- Social anxiety
- Startle response
Nancy knows what it’s like to be caught in the grip of anxiety. Especially in late adolescence and early adulthood, Nancy struggled with social anxiety, experiencing many of the associated symptoms such as fear of initiating and maintaining conversations, participating in small groups, and attending social gatherings. The resulting tension and self-consciousness led to years of unhelpful attempts to self-calm.
If dealing with anxiety disorder wasn’t enough, Nancy also knows the stress and panic that can develop because of a life-threatening illness. In 1996, Nancy was diagnosed with cancer. As she underwent rigorous radiation treatments, in addition to dealing with her fears and panic, Nancy had to come to terms with her mortality. She realized that even her very existence was in question. The anxiety and fears associated with a potentially life-threatening illness were severe. Fortunately, Nancy beat her cancer. In the process of her great struggle, Nancy also conquered her anxiety.
Today, Nancy is a healthy, caring person who truly understands the challenges life can bring. She knows that life brings waves and seasons of joy, hardship, and even tragedies. Because of her personal and professional experiences, Nancy has helped many people successfully navigate life events over her more than thirty years in the mental health field.
Nancy has a Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, a Master’s degree from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and all but her dissertation toward a Ph.D. at that same institution. Nancy is also a trained life coach, having been trained through the Institute for Life Coach Training and Therapist University.
In addition to her professional training, Nancy has gained valuable experience while working in a variety of mental health settings, including an inpatient Christian Therapy Program, private outpatient practice, and a Christian group practice in Phoenix, Arizona. She has counseled with countless clients, including adults, adolescents, couples, and families. She supervised emerging counselors who were working on completion of a Master’s degree, and counselors working on independent licensure.
In addition to these experiences, Nancy has taught in the areas of counseling, psychology, and sociology for over fifteen years at the college, university and seminary levels. She treasures the relationships with a diverse group of people built over that time, especially her time at American Indian College, a faith-based institution in Phoenix, Arizona. Enjoying cross-cultural relationships is one of her passions in life! Nancy has also been a consultant for a company that provides behavioral health services for the seriously mentally ill in Phoenix, Arizona.
Nancy’s positive therapeutic influence on others speaks of her ability to form a warm, respectful, collaborative alliance with clients. She is a focused listener and an effective educator, tools that are helpful both in a personal coaching session and in the classroom. Nancy sees her calling as one whom caringly and effectively equips and encourages others, to help them live happy, successful, and fulfilling lives.
Nancy lives near Phoenix, Arizona with her husband of twenty-nine years. They have two adult daughters and a growing family. Nancy and her husband attend Fresh Start Church.