...and I provide therapy for stressed & anxious professionals primarily in Oakland and SF Bay Area.  I

only provide therapy services for California residents.  

Through absolute belief in your capacity to live a life you are proud of, I provide a space

where you can be yourself & experience who you want to be.  Together, you will get to

a place where you feel calm, empowered and peaceful and can respond to life with confidence.

 

Who am I?

As a psychiatric social worker, I’ve served the most acute mentally ill to very successful people who have felt lost, confused and even angry about the state of their lives.

Being human is really hard at times, but I feel that living a bit better in every situation is always possible. This takes some patience and effort though.

 

I am an adopted, biracial, sexual abuse survivor who found my birth parents, learned to forgive myself, as well as many of the stories I believed about myself. And, yes indeed, I am still growing from myriad twists and turns in my very own dynamic, evolving life!

I experienced anxiety most of my life because of my unresolved trauma. For most of my life I didn’t even know I was anxious because the discomfort had just become completely normal. It took a therapist, a trained person outside my normal circle, to inform me about my own angst.

Once I finally understood that I lived ‘on edge’ all day long, I set out on a new journey. I really got to know myself better than ever. I made myself a priority in my own life by fully embracing my humanity, which meant actually acknowledging and accepting that I was born to experience a range of emotions and feelings! This was a big deal. I also accepted and made many unfamiliar and healthy beliefs/behaviors – familiar in my life. I then really identified my values and what really mattered to me, realized my life vision and committed to living a life of impact. Today I live a life I am proud of and can far more easily scratch the itch of anxiety when it rears its head.

As a therapist, and often cheerleader, I bring my educational and life knowledge over the past 25 years as a teacher and therapist along with my own journey of personal growth that includes living and studying abroad for 11 years. I lived in Turkey, Australia, South Africa and the Republic of Congo. I actually lived with no running water and electricity for 3 years in Congo, and that was extremely anxiety provoking! It was quite a contrasting experience that has served me well ever since though.

Who will you be when you feel confident and proud of your life? My job, using both cognitive & as well as various types of mindfulness techniques, is to get you there as soon as possible.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science: ​​​​Florida State University

  • Master of International Public Health: ​ University of Sydney

  • Master of Social Work: ​​​​University of Southern California

I’m Nancy McFarland, LCSW & MIPH