There are many stressors for young adults heading off to college: How will I find my classes? Will I like my roommate? How do I prevent the Freshman 15?
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Nancy has lived in Plymouth NH and has worked in the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment for over 20 years. During this time she has been astounded by the changes in our society that both promote and discourage mood altering substances. Nancy’s work is sustained by her curiosity about life and the human condition, and by what motivates young people to change behaviors that are both destructive and somehow, rewarding. In addition to her training as a social worker and addiction specialist, she has completed a 200 hour teacher training program in yoga and has had additional training in using yoga for the treatment of trauma. Nancy joined the staff at the Counseling and Human Relations Center in 1992.
Nancy’s approach to counseling is empathetic and client centered. It is her belief that the relationship is primary to any progress in treatment, and that “one size doesn’t fit all” in regard to a therapeutic technique. She believes that in each client there is wisdom, a desire to be well and whole, and a natural tendency to move in a positive direction given the proper conditions. She utilizes Motivational Interviewing to help move her clients toward healthy behaviors. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is frequently practiced as clients learn new ways of thinking and acting to improve their feeling states and to avoid the use of substances. She incorporates her yoga practice through the use of relaxing or energizing breath work and meditation when clinically useful.
Nancy enjoys cooking, hiking, yoga, and all kinds of music, especially live performances. She has great respect for the spiritual growth she has seen in people she has known who are in Recovery from alcohol and other drugs.