Portland Counseling with an Integrated Therapy Approach

What Could Be More Important than Investing in Yourself?

We all have our inner work to do. Can you imagine what it would be like for you to wake up one morning and realize that you were no longer the major issue in your own life. Therapy can make that difference for you.

Often I advise prospective clients that working on yourself with a counselor or therapist can be the most important investment you will ever make.

What could be more important than untangling the thoughts and feelings that undermine your happiness and relationships and getting your “head on straight”?

Helping you to achieve that freedom, to get on with your life, and to continue your personal growth is the purpose of my Portland counseling private practice.

Areas with which I work in My Counseling & Therapy Practice:

Some of the personal issues and concerns with which I help my clients include:

  • Adjusting to change / life transitions
  • Anger management
  • Anxiousness and worry
  • Assertiveness
  • Becoming oneself
  • Crisis of faith
  • Difficult feelings: fear, guilt, shyness, shame, etc.
  • Difficulty expressing feelings
  • Emptiness
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emotional repression
  • Grounding scatteredness & spaciness
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Inner Critic / Self-criticism
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Intimacy
  • Life Purpose & Direction
  • Loneliness, alienation, needs, desires
  • Loss
  • Mid-life passages
  • Personal authenticity
  • Personal boundaries
  • Relationship issues, breakups, couples counseling
  • Search for oneself
  • Self-actualization
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexual orientation
  • Spiritual development & exploration
  • Spiritual emergency
  • Values clarification
  • Work challenges
  • Worry

Therapy Approaches which Influence My Work

In my work as a counselor / therapist, the primary approaches to therapy in which I have been trained include the following. Each item also provides a link to a more detailed discussion.

  • Somatic (body-oriented) – A body-oriented therapy doorway to the person that applies the principle of body-mind unity to recognize and work with how your body affects your mental and emotional states and issues.
  • Existential – A therapy perspective which calls you to encounter and reconcile with your life, your inherent limits, and your responsibility to actualize your potential.
  • Spiritual (transpersonal)– A counseling dimension which explores the questions and challenges you may experience as you integrate the spiritual (not religious) dimension of your existence.

Other counseling modalities in which I have been trained and which influence my work include neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), Focusing, meditation, mindfulness, A. H. Almaas inquiry, and hypnotherapy.

Where appropriate, my counseling work with clients often integrates these different ways of working. My work is client-centered, not theory-centered, and so it may differ from client to client as needed.

Explore My Counseling / Therapy Services with a Free Consultation

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Deciding to enter into therapy can be a life-changing decision. So I think it is important for you to have the opportunity to initially meet with me at my near-downtown Portland office at no cost to you.

Therefore I offer a 50-minute complimentary consultation wherein you can share your concerns and explore the “chemistry”.

If you would like to arrange a free consultation, just use the “Consultation” button to the right, and you can schedule your consultation online now.

Finally, given these difficult economic times, it’s helpful to know that my work is affordable, and I offer a sliding scale.


by Michael Nagel MA