Simone Gotter-Nagle

Simone Gotter-Nagle (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Hi, I'm Simone and I'm here to be your sounding board, your encourager, and your collaborator as you take this incredible next step forward.

Client Status




1111 E Burnside Street Suite 100

Suite 301

Portland, OR 97214

At a Glance


Rate: $85-$145

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2008

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Group

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • OHP CareOregon/HealthShare

My Ideal Client

Trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, loneliness, oppression, or broken relationships are experiences that leave a lasting impact on how you think about yourself, other people, and your place in the world. These aren't events we can forget about or just simply move on from. They are events to understand, reconcile, and grow from. That process requires an intentional and thoughtful investment in yourself and the experience of therapy.

My Approach to Helping

I value a collaborative and supportive approach to working with individuals, adolescents, and families who are struggling with mental health issues, substance abuse/dependence, and abuse and trauma. I take a bio-psycho-social approach to addressing what you see as your top priorities, which means we look at the problems you are facing as complex, multi-faceted issues in need of creative and holistic approaches in resolving. When we work together, we create a plan that would include weekly or bi-weekly therapy meetings focusing on how to reach emotional well-being and include goals in areas like physical health and exercise, advocacy for support or resources at school or work, and goals around building friendships or increasing social activity. I work with you as your partner and hope to empower you through this process of growth and development to reach a place where you feel stable and supported in your life now, as well as hopeful and peaceful about your future.

My Values as a Therapist

I completed my MSW at USC in 2008 and was excited to move back home to Portland, where I began my career working with adults, children, and families who have faced mental health substance abuse struggles, stemming from life experiences of trauma, abuse, and lack of support. I have worked in many roles as a social worker, including in the corrections system and in mental health day treatment and interpersonal violence programs. I have been trained in trauma-informed care, collaborative problem solving, restorative justice, neurobiology of trauma, cognitive behavioral therapy, and relapse prevention. It’s important to me to acknowledge how power dynamics and systemic oppression has impacted others and openly discuss how our relationship can be a restorative experience as you work towards your goals. I offer also mental health consulting and teach as an adjunct instructor in the PSU School of Social Work.

Techniques I Use


  • Relational  External link

    I have been trained in relational therapy and value the idea that satisfying relationships are essential for our emotional well-being. I take social factors of race, class, gender, and culture as well as the power dynamics that develop as a result of these factors, and examine how they have influenced your relationships and how our therapeutic relationship is a parallel process for growth.

  • Humanistic  External link

    I value the humanistic psychology approach because I believe it is essential to look at the individual as a whole and focus on self-efficacy and actualization. The problems people experience are a natural response to how difficult it is to live in our world and we can work together towards personal growth. Humanism encourages me to look for new ways to grow, connect, become healthier and happier.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    Throughout my education and in follow-up trainings, the foundation of CBT has been an important part of how I approach specific strategies for changing and restructuring thought and behavioral patterns that contribute to distress and unhappiness. Together, we utilize this approach to evaluate the interconnected relationship of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to make positive changes.

Issues I Treat


  • Drug Dependence / Abuse / Addiction External link

    I began my career working with adults dealing with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues and this experience showed me that our emotional health and well-being are complexly linked with abuse or dependence on alcohol, drugs, or behavioral compulsions like internet use, gambling, gaming, or sex. In overcoming addition, we work to understand where it came from and where you go next.

  • Domestic Abuse External link

    Over the past three years, I have been trained in and have worked with individuals who have or are experiencing interpersonal violence, coercive control, and emotional abuse by an intimate partner. I have worked with individuals at all stages in of the relationship, including living in or ending the relationship, and will meet you wherever you are at as you consider how to move forward.

  • PTSD External link

    I have been trained in trauma-informed care and in many ways of viewing trauma, including the neurobiology of trauma, relational and intergenerational impact of trauma, and of the mental health and behavioral struggles caused by traumatic experiences. I have worked with children and adults in multiple settings and have unique view on how trauma shapes our development at different stages of life.

  • Anxiety External link

    Throughout my career, I have worked with people of all ages experiencing anxiety, typically stemming from abuse, trauma, and lack of meaning and social supports in life. I have been trained in working with people struggling with social isolation, intense worry and fears, generalized anxiety, and struggles of motivation and achievement using cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapies.

  • Depression External link

    For over 10 years, I have worked with people of all ages facing many issues on the continuum of depression and have been trained in solution focused, relational, and cognitive-behavioral styles of treatment. My approach to depression is to understand the biological, psychological, and social sources that have caused you to experience depression, then develop a holistic plan to address each source.

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