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 began practicing Marriage and Family Therapy in 1996 and has extensive experience providing individual, marriage and family therapy to his clients. Ken’s approach to counseling is practical, goal oriented, and solution focused. He offers a style that both women, as well as men, can connect with. He also provides counseling for adolescent boys and is the father of three teenagers himself.
After completing graduate school he took a position as an outpatient therapist at a Community Mental Health Center, after which he went in private practice in with a group in Door County, Wisconsin. While attending an AAMFT conference in Chicago, he met his lovely wife Nancy who accepted his invitation to have lunch with him at a cafe on Michigan Ave. Shortly after, he relocated to the Chicago land area to pursue their relationship. He continued in private practice, providing counseling in St. Charles, Il. In addition to his counseling career, in the past 15 years Ken has also developed and launched four separate start-up companies.
Impacting people’s lives thru counseling and working along side them as they strive to overcome life’s challenges has remained a calling for him. At present, Ken continues to serve his clients at St. Charles Counseling and has been a Licensed Marriage in Family Therapist (LMFT) for over 20 years. To date he has completed over 20,000 counseling hours in his career. He also assists Nancy in the administration, marketing and operation of St. Charles Counseling and is proud to be her partner. Ken has completed Level 1 & Level II of the Gottman Couple’s therapy approach and an externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.
In his free time Ken is with his family and loves hanging out with his wife and three children. He spent time cross country skiing, snowshoeing and sailing during his days in Door County. He currently enjoys coaching his kids sports, doing Cross-fit throughout the week, trap shooting and fishing whenever the opportunity presents.
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.