Portland Counseling with an Integrated Therapy Approach

What Could be More Important than Investing in Yourself?

We all have our inner work to do. As for myself, I remember waking up one morning in my late 20s and realizing that I was no longer the major issue in my own life. My own therapy had made that difference. No longer did my feelings and thoughts get in the way of my living as they had once before.

So I often advise prospective clients that working on themselves with a counselor or therapist can be the most important investment they will ever make.

What could be more important than untangling the thoughts and feelings that undermine your happiness 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:

  • Anger management
  • Anxiousness and worry
  • Assertiveness
  • Becoming oneself
  • Crisis of faith
  • Difficulty expressing feelings
  • Difficult feelings of shyness, shame, guilt, embarrassment
  • Emotional repression
  • Experience with gay, lesbian, and bisexual clients
  • Grounding scatteredness & spaciness
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Inner Critic
  • Intimacy

  • Life transitions
  • Loneliness, alienation, needs, desires
  • Loss
  • Mid-life passages
  • Personal authenticity
  • Personal boundaries
  • Relationship issues, couples counseling
  • Search for oneself
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Spiritual development of presence and nondual awareness
  • Spiritual exploration
  • Values clarification
  • Work challenges

Therapy Approaches Which Influence My Work

In my work as a counselor / therapist, the primary influences 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 therapy 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.

Feel Welcomed to Arrange a Complimentary Consultation

Portland counseling, Portland therapy

Deciding to enter into therapy can be a life-changing decision. So I think it is important for you to have the opportunity to meet me initially at no cost to you for a consultation wherein you can discuss your concerns and explore the “chemistry”.

Therefore I offer a 50-minute complimentary consultation to prospective clients.

If you would like to arrange a free consultation, just use the “Consultation” button to the right.

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