By Roadtrip Nation

Nancy Irwin


My road in life has taken me all over.
Is a trained opera singer—received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in opera performance.
Says she knew she wasn’t good enough to make it big as an opera singer, but that she had other gifts on the stage—was encouraged to try stand-up comedy.
She ended up moving to New York City and spent the next nine years building her career as a stand-up comedian alongside the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Ray Romano.
Admits that she grew bored of being a comedian after a while—says that the self-absorbed narcissism of the profession started to weigh heavily on her.
In her free time, she started volunteering at a shelter for sexually abused teenagers and fell in love with the work.
At the age of 44, she made the decision to go back to school in order to make a more defined career change—says she “felt called to study psychology and trauma.”
While studying for her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, she was also trained and certified as a therapeutic hypnotist, which became a large feature in her dissertation.
She now runs her own private practice, works part-time at an addictions facility treating substance abuse, and is a best-selling author.
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Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Certified Hypnotherapist, & Life Coach

I am a Therapeutic Hypnotist and Bestselling Author of "You-Turn: Changing Direction in Midlife".

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Acting & Theatre
Helping People

Day to Day

I use my skills in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming), Time Line Therapy, and EFT (Emotion Free Therapy), combined with hypnosis and talk therapy to treat patients with a variety of issues including anxiety, smoking, career problems, survivors of abuse, and more. I also occasionally do public speaking events, volunteer, and write books in my spare time.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Follow your heart and create your own path like no other.


The Noise I Shed

From Friends:

"Wow, you are going back to school at your age? How old are you going to be when you finish? "

Challenges I Overcame

Gangs / Violence