ABOUT NANCY CULHANE
In my role as a therapist, I offer space and time for you to examine your challenges and resolve conflict, so that you can use your energy in a productive, life affirming way. My goal is to assist you to understand your struggle, release obstructive patterns and create beneficial ways of moving forward for greater connection and well-being.
As an advocate for healthy relationships both inside and outside of the home, I weave together my professional background and personal life experience to assist you in finding perspective, balance and recovery, when opportunities for growth present themselves.
During our counseling time together, I will gently guide you to dig down into the well of your own self-knowledge, while reminding you that often it is exactly our daily questions and problems that act as thresholds or doors to renewal of mind, body and spirit.
My work often focuses on guiding people through transitions. Whether it be a focus toward health and mindfulness, developing a clearer professional/career forecast, or resolving whether to stay, leave or change a relationship, my aim is to help you cultivate a toolset to ease the discomfort often encountered in the unknown. Although not mutually exclusive, I believe in equal parts courage and acceptance. Most often, counseling sessions help create steadiness and peace, healthy boundaries, a greater sense of purpose, and a strong relationship to yourself and your loved ones.
I have worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1982. As a psychotherapist and community educator, I believe that individual and relationship issues are often best understood in the broader human context, including the combined influences of family, cultural, and societal factors.
I am firmly committed to using a collaborative approach in our local community, as well as with international humanitarian projects. To that end, I have developed a variety of project based programs, youth service components, and environmental education curricula for schools, non-profit groups and international service organizations. My current volunteer projects include labors of love with Homeward Bound of Marin, Unbroken Chain Foundation, Bay Area Women's and Children's Center and ExtraFood.org.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology. My counseling approach has been profoundly influenced by the work of Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott, Pia Mellody, Jan Bergstrom and Linda Graham. I am a graduate of the Master Therapist program taught by Terry Real at the Relational Life Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Several years ago, an utterly surprising health challenge caused me to reconsider everything I had planned for myself. From that experience and each day since, I have learned that rocks in the path of our life’s journey can throw us into places we had not yet imagined. I have a renewed sense of the powers of change, joy and resilience, which can be our best teachers from moment to moment.