Gail Nicholson, Therapist in Oregon — Zencare
Gail Jean Nicholson
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Gail Jean Nicholson


Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Oregon Waitlist Online

If you'd like to schedule a phone consultation, I offer consults on Friday afternoons after 2 pm. Let me know through the contact page if you're interested in setting one up. Thanks!

Updated October 23, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Blend of psychotherapy and career counseling
  • Divorce & separation
  • Relationship issues
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Identity development

Professional statement

Gail Nicholson is a Licensed Professional Counselor in downtown Portland, Oregon, offering a blend of psychotherapy and career counseling, including help with small business start-up and social entrepreneurism. Many of her clients seek meaning and fulfillment in life and work life, as well as a job that pays the bills, but are overwhelmed, feel stuck or discouraged with the process. Her clients may also be struggling with anxiety, depression, self-doubt, isolation, issues with relationships and family and/or experiencing stress at work. For clients considering divorce, Gail offers collaborative divorce coaching and vocational expertise.

Gail Nicholson's training and approach is integrative, drawing on psychodynamic therapy for a better understanding of self that helps unravel the patterns and concerns that bring a person to therapy. Always client centered, she works with cognitive behavioral approaches to help empower folks to make the changes they desire. Gail coaches many to subdue and transform their negative self talk as a key to taking action. A background in Existential Humanistic therapy enables Gail to deeply trust and support her clients and their growing belief in themselves.

If a client is interested in career counseling, curious about career testing or the blend of psychotherapy and career counseling, Gail begins by helping her client identify their goals and timelines for reaching them. Together they prioritize where to spend energy as the work enfolds. Is it time to update that resume, focus on reducing job stress or understand why career transition is so triggering? Ms. Nicholson coaches people to understand career and life transition as a series of steps and stages. She sees it is relieving for clients to realize that their degree of clarity about a better job fits with where they are in the process.

Message to clients

Many of my clients are familiar with psychotherapy, career counseling and divorce coaching, some are new to these practices. I encourage all to ask any questions they may have, as a way to begin creating safety and trust to open up and talk about what's really going on.

The change you want for yourself; within yourself, your relationships and work life is possible. It might not happen overnight, but healing yourself and your life is a natural process and not as complicated as it might seem at the moment. We are wired to self-correct. To notice when things are not right and desire positive change. Taking the time to reflect on what's happening, put it into words and share with someone who supports you, allows you to step back and consider the issue from multiple perspectives. It is a beginning to creating a more mindful approach to life that gives you the chance to envision, shape, and grow the difference you seek.

My practice is open to people from all walks of life, affirming of LGBTQ+ individuals, people of color, clients from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. My office is wheel chair assessable, although during the pandemic many of my sessions occur on zoom or over the phone. Your preference. I look forward to meeting you.


Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Blend of psychotherapy and career counseling - Help defining a career path with meaning and purpose that pays the bills. Work with job stress, professional development and small business start-up. Address mental health concerns that add challenge to achieving goals in these areas.

Divorce & separation - Questioning or feeling unsatisfied in your relationship; contemplation and navigation of separation; addressing issues of power, voice, and communication challenges

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • PacificSource

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $130 (60min)
  • Initial session: $130 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • PayPal
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • As needed


Online Sessions (Oregon)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 1 pm to 6 pm
  • Tue 11 am to 7 pm
  • Wed 11 am to 7 pm
  • Thu 11 am to 7 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 38 years

Self employed, Psychotherapist & Career Counselor, 1983 - Present
Portland Community College, Teacher/Counselor/Academic Advisor, 2002 - 2005
Clackamas Community College, Teacher/Counselor, 2002 - 2003
Helpmates, Personnel Manager, 1983 - 1987
Portland Women's Crisis Line, Crisis Intervention Counselor, 1976 - 1979

Antioch University , MA in Counseling Psychology, 1984
Lewis & Clark College, BA in Business Administration, 1976


Oregon: C-1930