Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Adjunct Faculty and Emeritae

Nancy Dolan, MAPC, LCPC

Title/s: Adjunct Instructor

E-mail: ndolan@luc.edu


Nancy graduated from the Institute of Pastoral Studies in August, 2007 with a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling.  She completed her post-graduate work at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates.  Nancy has a private practice in Barrington, and has been an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University since 2014.  At IPS Nancy teaches Human Relations Skills, Group Counseling, and Fundamentals of Pastoral Counseling.  Nancy is a strengths-based, Positive Psychology clinician, and has completed advanced trainings in Hypnotherapy and EMDR.  Nancy is a Level 2 Reiki practitioner and a Prepare/Enrich pre-marital facilitator and counselor.  In addition to her psychotherapy and counseling practice, Nancy is also an experienced retreat leader and group facilitator.

Nancy is the Board Chair for Barrington Youth and Family Services, a not-for-profit mental health organization located in Barrington, and is the Board Secretary for Music Blocks, a not-for- profit music literacy organization in Barrington.


  • BA, University of Illinois
  • MAPC, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Professional License:  LCPC, State of Illinois

Comments from Students:
This is not my first class with Nancy and I love her style of teaching. She's accessible, kind and clearly wants to help us each find our own, authentic style. Her ongoing work as a counselor adds a necessary element to this class, and giving us her real experiences is one of the high points of her teaching.

Nancy is an excellent teacher. She brought in her wealth of experience to each class, helping us get a good picture of what it will be like in the real work world. She was encouraging, even of the students who were most challenged with applying the skills. I really appreciated the times when Nancy opened up the room for Q & A about how to work as a therapist and  I am excited to learn more.

Nancy brings to the classroom her experience and an approachable style that allows us to ask questions and really learn from her ~ she's flexible and models for us what counseling is all about!

Nancy is masterful at the skills taught and made the learning environment accessible, fun and growth-inducing. She is an authentic role model for me on how to communicate with power and neutrality, and with grace and ease. Her honesty and openness, and the way she taught the skills, deepened my understanding of myself.  She is an amazing teacher. I'm so glad I was fortunate enough to be in her class.

I appreciate Nancy's insights, and her honesty and enthusiasm. She is very easy to relate to and creates a safe environment, without which the class would not work.