Nancy C. Pullen, Ph.D., M.S.N.
- Years in Practice: 14 as therapist, 30 years in mental health field
- Accepts Insurance: Yes*
- Accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Alliance, WEA, UW-Madison's SHIP, Unity, & Quartz
- Theoretiacal Orientation: insight & relationship & IFS & cognitive
- Modalities: Individual, groups, couples
- Ethnicity: I welcome all
- Gender: All (& GLB)
- Religious orientation: I welcome all
- Age: College age & adults
- Anxiety & Depression/Grief
- Eating Disorders
- Relationship issues
- Self Esteem & body image
- Body-mind dis-ease
- Resolution of trauma
I believe that by fully encountering our inner struggles and challenges in a supportive relationship we can begin to find inner peace, renewed energy and enthusiasm for life and begin to use our full potential in life. I provide effective brief and/or long-term psychotherapy by utilizing deep listening to explore significant relationships and events in one's life so that new ways of being with others and one's self can begin to improve.
Psychotherapy provides for a renewed perspective in one's life that helps decrease anxiety and depression and promotes hope, increased energy and strengthen relationships. A primary focus in my approach to psychotherapy involves learning how to recognize and access one's authentic self. When indicated I use guided imagery, mindfulness approaches, Internal Family Systems (IFS) and/or art approaches in psychotherapy that provides a helpful way of understanding one's self and your problems; this can help make changes in one's stuck patterns. Aspects of stress reduction and body-mind connection exercises, such as deep breathing, mindfulness meditation or hatha yoga, and visualization approaches are also used, when indicated.
I use a variety of approaches and specialize in eating disorders and emotional eating issues, anxiety and depression, but also work with resolving past traumas.
Group therapy provides an opportunity to learn more about one's self with the support of others. Most groups are time-limited and include discussions, relaxation activities and some creative activities. Therapy groups offered include: Emotional Eating Therapy Group. This group is a semi-structured group with 10 to 12 sessions that will begin each early February and late September. Please call for information or to be put on the waiting list. Please see the Groups page for more information.Professional Background and Education
I have an extensive experience in the mental health field, with over 25 years in a variety of roles that provides an foundation for understanding mental health issues and providing effective psychotherapy. I graduated in 1980 from the University of California, San Francisco with a Master of Science degree (MS) in psychiatric nursing. Following graduation I taught psychiatric nursing for over 15 years as an assistant professor at Dominica College in the SF Bay area and on occasion as a nurse on inpatient psychiatric units.
In 2001 I graduated from the Wright Institute in Berkeley California with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in long-term psychotherapy. My interest in difficulties with the authentic and false self led to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the human condition and the development of the self.
Later, I completed a two year training program with Dick Schwartz, Ph.D. in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach to psychotherapy in 1999. IFS therapy helps to resolve parts of the personality that are in conflict or stuck in past traumatic roles. A few years later I was an assistant trainer in teaching the IFS model to other psychotherapists. This approach also provides ways to work with the spiritual dimensions of healing, when relevant. On occasion I use basic Thought Field Therapy (TFT) approaches that help with difficulties with anxieties, depression, and simple traumas. In 2007 I completed a Kripalu hatha yoga teacher training and now use some principles of yoga such as: breathing and asanas that quiet the mind or tension in the body with some clients.Classes, Seminars, Workshops and Retreats.
I teach a variety of self-help classes and offer workshops or retreats on stress management and nurturing oneself as a health provider. I will provide retreats or workshops for other groups or agencies by request. Past topics and areas of interest include: stress reduction, meditation, coping with chronic illness/ conditions, procrastination, body-image concerns, eating disorders and ways to heal body-mind problems. I have developed several seminars and all day retreats on stress reduction and one entitled "Catching up with Your Self: Renewal & Relaxation" (using methods of meditation, yoga, journaling, and creative activities).
Most medical insurances and several HMOs are accepted. Self-pay agreements can also be negotiated.
Please feel free to call to inquire about your concerns or psychotherapy. You are welcome to call me to make an appointment at 608.255.9119 ext. 2. Or you may contact me via email at [email protected]
Please do not communicate via email to cancel or make an appointment, since I am not on line for large parts of each day.