Deborah Nichols LPC, NCC

Deborah Nichols LPC, NCC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor


I help women stop the unrelenting cycle of guilt, shame, and controlling behavior that can come with motherhood.

Client Status

accepting clients



Portland , 97229

At a Glance


Rate: $150-$200

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2015

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

Are you an anxious mama navigating the motherhood journey? When my clients first come in, they feel like they are not good enough. They feel guilty about not loving every moment of motherhood and are white knuckle grasping to try to control every aspect of their lives because the anxiety is taking over. You deserve to feel at peace and confident as a mother. You deserve to go about your day knowing you’re good enough. All the time. No matter what.

My Approach to Helping

My approach to counseling is collaborative as I see myself as a support along your personal journey. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, mindfulness, and EMDR in my work. Most importantly, YOU are the expert in this process. Sessions with me are filled with warmth and safe challenge.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I feel like my practice is the culmination of over a decade of professional experience combined with my own human experience. I work from a Mindfulness-based approach combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and EMDR to assist in immediate anxiety reduction and create long term habits to promote overall wellbeing.

Techniques I Use


  • EMDR External link

    In working with clients that have experienced trauma that is impacting their lives, I will utilize EMDR as an intervention to allow reprocessing. I have completed Part I & II EMDRIA EMDR trainings.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    By helping clients develop a mindfulness practice, I assist in creating sustainable and lasting change grounded in awareness.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    I work from a cognitive behavioral model to challenge unhelpful patterns and create new ways of coping with the challenges you are facing.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) External link

    Trained in part one and part two ACT training to work with our thoughts, how we respond to the situations and elements of our lives that we may not be able to change.

Issues I Treat


  • Historical Trauma External link

    I have completed Parts I & II EMDRIA EMDR training and utilize this intervention in my practice to assist clients in reprocessing trauma memories to be able to move forward in their lives while honoring their experiences.

  • Parenting External link

    Mom-ing is hard. That’s the truth. It’s the anxious spiraling thoughts, the heart pounding deep pit in your stomach and the constant need to control all the things that are constantly taking from you. Working with a therapist can really help you to identify the areas that are creating your anxiety, and give you tools and strategies to manage it effectively.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety doesn't have to be what drives you to get sh*t done. You will learn what really matters to you and put your energy into the places where it counts. We’ll find the areas that bring healthy motivation for you and identify the patterns and fuel that are not serving you.

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