Counselor, Michael Nagel MA
Portland Counselor, Michael Nagel MA
About My Approach to Counseling
My clients and I are fellow travelers through this labyrinth called Life. While we journey together as companions, I offer my clients a holding space of unconditional acceptance wherein they can safely explore themselves and their concerns.
Authenticity underlies all that I do as a counselor. That expresses in encouraging my clients to be ever more comfortable with their uniqueness. That also expresses in my engaging my clients as not the role of counselor, but a real person.
I believe in my clients. I believe in their potential to overcome and to grow. From my own experience and that of my clients, I know our lives to be processes. They are guided by an intrinsic intelligence which seeks our greater realization.
If we meet ourselves and our concerns with a love truth, inevitably that intelligence leads us to greater fulfillment.
I have been in private practice in Portland as a counselor for more than ten years. In 2001, retired from a successful business career to pursue my this career which is my passion. I have always been interested in the inner workings of the mind and human potiential. I recall beginning to read Freud in the 8th grade.
My wife and I have been grateful residents of the Pacific Northwest for almost 25 years. Among the things which I enjoy are playing with my grandchildren, writing, reading, music, chess. And being still. Some of my most enjoyable moments are sitting in our garden, cat in lap, coffee in hand, and just being.
As a writer, my articles have been published in popular magazines, scholarly journals, and books. An ongoing writing project of mine is the Personal Authenticity Project blog.
For more than 4 decades, I have been a practitioner of different spiritual paths. This reflects the commitment I feel that it is a human duty to realize our human potential to the fullest degree possible. As a counselor, I enable my clients to realize their potential.
Education, Trainings, Professional Affiliations
Certifications and Trainings:
- Hypnosis Instructor, National Guild of Hypnotists
- Focusing Teacher, Inner Relationship Focusing
- Focusing Teacher, Focusing Institute
- Diamond Approach Training (2003-present)
- Radiant Mind Training (2011-present)