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.