I’ve been a Marriage and Family Therapist now for more than 15 years. What I treasure most about what I do is the connection that evolves between me and my clients that opens the door to the possibility for true healing. This is so important in the work I do with individuals who suffer from Anxiety and Depression. Knowing that they are sharing with someone who has been where they are, and understands their particular challenges, seems to make a big difference.
My personal experience with Anxiety and Depression
A few years ago, through a series of surprising events, I discovered that I’ve been living my life with Anxiety. The discovery occurred when I was co-training at the University of Santa Monica (USM), where I was on faculty. My co-trainer would interrupt me by whispering in my ear about something I’d forgotten. I’d lose my place and get flustered and unfocused, and have a difficult time returning to where I’d left off. This was very anxiety-provoking. This circumstance re-occurred enough times that I felt really uncomfortable every time we did a training. It was then that I realized that Anxiety played a big part in my life and I knew I had to do something about it.
As far as depression is concerned, I had a serious car accident a number of years ago, and after months of being in a brace that covered my whole upper body, I recovered. I remember even though I was lucky to get out of the accident alive, having had thoughts that maybe I shouldn’t be here anymore. It was one of the darkest times in my life. I was able to turn it around, thank goodness, and the advantage of having these experiences is how they have helped me understand my clients so much better.
I bring this background, a degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, and the experience of being on faculty there, to my practice, and my work with you.
I am excited to get to know you.
Please call me at (949) 922-8548 or use my Contact page. I look forward to speaking with you.
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Nancie Kohlenberger is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and holds a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology and Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, California. She was also a faculty member at USM for 10 years. Her spiritual psychology background is non-denominational. Nancie has spoken for OC CHADD on ADHD and Relationships, and been featured on KUCI radio and has been a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) since 1999. Nancie holds private sessions in her office in Orange County, CA. In addition, she holds sessions by phone and by confidential videoconference.
“When we were in a low point in our lives, Nancie came highly reccomended. My husband and I started going on a weekly basis. She also met with our three children to help them cope. She made us feel that there was hope in our marriage. She was kind and compassionate and listened to both sides. With her professional help we were able to repair our marriage. This year we will be celebrating twenty eight years of marriage. ” H, Client
Words of wisdom
“People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun’s out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within.”
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.”
~ Lao Tzu
“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson