Michael Nagel

Professional Counselor

I am professional alternative counselor in private practice since 2003. My work invites you to the fulfillment that comes from engaging your life situations as opportunities for developing the life skills and personal growth that leads you to become your deeper, authentic Self.


  • Individual Therapy
  • Individual Therapy

My Approach

I base my work on a deeper view that considers the very real and painful problems you face as necessary encounters with yourself and life - encounters often provoked by your deeper nature to further unfold your unique human potential. Within the safe container of our sessions, my unconditional acceptance of you and my trainings support you in your learning to trust and work with your experience thereby leading to your personal growth and fulfillment. Some of the skills you learn include how to quiet the inner critic, how to be with and “listen” to your experience in a way that transforms it, and how to become your authentic self. I also provide homework so that you may continue your inner work between sessions. My approach integrates my trainings in Focusing, Body-Oriented therapy, Existential and Spiritual approaches.

My Background

I am a trained alternative therapist in private practice since 2003, after having completed a successful 25-year career in the corporate world. I have a M.A. and a B.A. in Psychology. Additionally I have many years of training in different therapy modalities including: Focusing, emotionally focused therapy, body-oriented therapy, neuro-linguisting programming (NLP), hypnotherapy, and transpersonal therapy. My writing includes having authored two books, "How to Be Yourself" and "The Getting Grounded Manual", and my articles have appeared in a peer-reviewed psychology journal, popular magazines, and two other books. My specialties include personal growth, self-esteem, authenticity, and spirituality.

Issues I Treat

  • Personal Growth
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality


  • 503.226.2771
  • Website
  • 407 NE 12th Avenue, #208
    Portland, OR 97232

At a Glance

  • Experience: 17 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Buckman
  • Rate: $50-90/session

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