Nancy Kuhn, M.A., LMFT
Nancy Kuhn has practiced Individual, Couple and Family Therapy for almost 25 years. Nancy helps people develop more satisfying and engaged relationships. She guides people to confront and overcome long-standing patterns of conflict and emotional isolation. Growing up in a family with alcoholism, bipolar disorder and divorce along with the loss of a sister at a young age, Nancy has found a way to use her life experience along with her extensive training to support and lead her clients in and through their struggles.
Nancy trained at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where she received her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, 1994. She also completed a two year Post-Masters Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1996. Nancy has worked in all levels of mental health care – inpatient, outpatient, residential and drug/alcohol treatment AND with all ages of people. Nancy recently completed an Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), the Level 2 training in Gottman Couples Therapy Method along with “Bringing Baby Home” facilitator training.
In addition to her work, Nancy enjoys gardening/nature, reading, watching sports and traveling. She practices yoga regularly as a way to manage life stress and stay mentally and physically strong. Nancy and her husband have three beautiful children and are dedicated to keeping their family life healthy, balanced and fun.
Ken Kuhn, M.S., LMFT
Ken Kuhn began practicing Marriage and Family Therapy since 1996. He practiced at Jane Adams Community Mental Health Center for 2 years initially and then moved into private practice with Counseling Associates of Door County for 3 years. When he met his lovely wife Nancy, he relocated to the Chicago land area (quickly) to pursue their relationship and continued his work in private practice full-time at Centennial Counseling Center in St. Charles.
After counseling full-time for 11 years, he decided to pursue his entrepreneurial spirit. To date he has developed and launched four start-up companies, all of which were in operation for 3 years or more, the longest of which he operated for over 12 years.
Helping people in the counseling arena and working with them to overcome life’s challenges is still a passion for him. To date he continues to serve his clients and has always maintained a connection with the field. Ken has held a License in Marriage in Family Therapy (LMFT) for over 20 years and has conducted over 20,000 hours of therapy in his career. He also assists Nancy in the administration, marketing and operations for St. Charles Counseling. Ken has completed Level 1 of the Gottman Couple’s therapy approach and the externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples Ken’s approach to counseling is practical, goal oriented, with a style that both women and men can connect with.
In his free time, Ken is with his family and loves hanging out with his wife and three children as well as doing Crossfit and fishing.
Loy was the first Executive Director of Tri-City Family Services in Geneva from 1976 to 1981. He was an employee assistance counselor for Lucent Technologies in Naperville and a school social worker in six school districts in the Fox Valley area.
Loy has volunteered as Parish Associate Pastor at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church for more than 20 years. A man who believes in living life to its fullest, Loy has a pilot’s license and for six years. Loy and his beloved wife, Linda, lived aboard their sailboat traveling from Chicago to the Florida Keys, the Bahamas and the U.S. East Coast. A devoted family man, Loy has a son, Carl, who practices law on the island of St. Thomas and a grandson, Sutton, a preschooler.
Loy is an active member of the Geneva Rotary Club and Geneva Learners.
Loy’s wisdom and sensitivity ensure that those who seek his guidance will have their feelings validated and respected while they are also given tools to resolve problems and learn to heal.
Systemic therapy seeks to identify stagnant patterns of behavior in groups of people such as a couple or family and address those patterns directly. For example, a common dynamic in couples is when one spouse is over functioning and the other is under functioning- this can be a result of illness, depression, anxiety, differing levels of education, etc. However, what brings them into counseling might be intimacy issues, an affair, trouble with an adolescent, addictive behaviors, etc. Systemic therapy is used to help identify this pattern, re-balance the functioning level between the spouses, and improve the family’s overall functioning and satisfaction in life.
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps patients to understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. Treatment consists of tracking your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors either through journaling or self-reporting, examining how they connect, and working together to find healthier and more productive ways to think, feel and act. Nancy uses CBT as a tool to assist the overall therapy process.
Emotionally focused therapy’s (EFT) basic message is that much of the distress couples experience is the result of disruption in the attachment bond with our most intimate partner. That distress gets expressed in a myriad of ways, such as angry pursuit, silent stoney withdrawal, and repetitive, apparently intractable patterns that can wear down even the most committed couples. As couples are able to slow down and get under these reactive patterns and talk about the underlying hurt and alienation, they give their partner a way back in, leading to new patterns of engagement and strong, stable bonds. The research on using EFT in couples therapy shows that 70% of couples have lasting improvement in their relationship up to two years post treatment.
The Gottman Method is a type of couples therapy developed by John and Julie Gottman, www.gottman.com. This is the other researched and most effective form of couples therapy apart from EFT. It is an excellent resource for pragmatic and behavioral exercises couples can do to improve their relationship.