Nancy Saggio, M.A., Anxiety Coach/Consultant
Nancy is a personal coach and has helped anxiety sufferers in areas related to:
- Social Anxiety Issues
- Generalized Anxiety Issues
- Panic issues
- Age/transition Issues
- Communication/Relationship/Social Skills Issues
- Depression/Mood Issues
- Grief/Loss Issues
- Multicultural Marriage and Family Issues
- Parenting Issues
- Personal Motivation/Goal Setting
- Stress Management Issues
- Issues related to faith and Christian beliefs
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.
First of all, I would like to thank you so much for making The Anxiety Centre available to everyone and for offering such a valuable set of resources.
I have been working with Nancy Saggio for anxiety and stress, which has been an absolute gift in my life. Nancy has given me all the tools necessary to move forward in every area of my life.
Living in a non English speaking country has had it's cultural challenges over the years. I truly believe Nancy was placed on this earth to guide humans to become and master their emotions with ease, to be able to change how they store information to make the most from their lives and others. Through her incredible professional, authentic approach serves all well who have been fortunate enough to experience Nancy. I am lucky to say, I am one of those people, I feel truly blessed.
Anxiety centre, thank you for everything. I am determined more than ever to take my successful personal journey and pass it onto others :). In fact, I am in training as we speak, I have been so inspired by my results from Nancy that I just had to pass it on. I encourage anyone with anxiety/stress to seek the resources from a specialist such as Nancy, to become in balance with your mind and body, to where you will reach a point when you will realize that actually, once you understand anxiety, it can become your friend, one that is useful rather than fearful, to improve your quality of life, thus becoming the person that each of us deserve to be.
I have such thanks and gratitude from this experience that I have dedicated the rest of my life to helping others. I have found my passion!
KNOWLEDGE IS WEALTH :)
With incredible thanks and blessing to all the anxiety team but especially to Nancy whom has touched my heart forever.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated June 2015.