Nan Murray, LCSW

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Specializes in working with adults and couples

Availability: Monday- Wednesday, Daytime Hours


My personal philosophy of counseling begins and ends with grace.  Curiosity, trust, compassion, respect, and non-judgment are the cornerstones of my counseling approach. I entered this field because I believe counseling is a pathway to authenticity, growth and transformation.  

I believe that healing takes into consideration the whole person – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. It is an opportunity for the client to explore his or her own thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. By building a healthy therapeutic relationship, the therapist can guide the client in discovering more about themselves, their patterns of behavior, and their core beliefs. It also provides a setting that encourages the client in establishing new, healthy patterns of behavior.

As a counselor, I strive to empower the client to connect to themselves – their current as well as past experiences and emotions – in order to determine the direction they want to take in resolving their struggles. I do not believe that anyone is “broken, crazy, bad, wrong or weak”, everyone has the capacity to heal with proper “tools” and support.  I have learned that people are remarkable and inspiring. 

I feel that therapy is not a “one size fits all”.  As I get to know a person, I will tailor my counseling approach to their individual needs. I use techniques drawn from a number of evidence-based treatment orientations, including: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), narrative therapy, family systems therapy/IFS through a trauma-informed lens.  I also frequently utilize humor as a means of connecting with my clients.

Overall, my philosophy as a therapist is to treat each person as a unique individual, worthy of unconditional acceptance, regardless of his or her personal circumstances or struggles. It is my desire to come alongside, challenge, and encourage my clients to find healing emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.


I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Weber State University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah and have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since 2008.  

I  have over 17 years of experience providing counseling to adults and families in healthcare settings (home health, hospice, oncology),  employee assistance programs and private practice as well as an adjunct professor in the Department of Social Work and Gerontology at Weber State University.  

 I enjoy mentoring  other mental health providers. I started Connections Counseling in 2017,  in part, due to my own challenges, in hopes that I could help others move beyond their own emotional pain and find joy in the journey.


 I have extensive experience with chronic and terminal illness,  grief and loss as well as relationship (couples/marriage) therapy.  

More recently I have  been working in the field of developmental trauma and the impact it has on adults and their relationships.   

Other areas of interest include the impact of and healing from narcissistic abuse, women’s issues which includes:  body image, stress, motherhood, childbirth, infertility, work/life balance, emotional abuse, self-esteem and perfectionism and life transitions.