Nichole Gavel


About Me

Hello and welcome. No matter what brought you here today, there is hope. Whether you are facing challenges with relationships, parenting, emotions, stress, health, grief, addictions, major life changes or anything else, reaching out for help is often the hardest obstacle to overcome. I want to commend you for taking that first step. Whether you consider your struggles minor or overwhelming and serious, working collaboratively with a therapist can be a remarkable catalyst towards change.

You have a choice when selecting a therapist, and it will be important to choose someone who you feel is a good fit for you. I’d like to introduce myself so that you know a little about me. My name is Nichole Gavel. I’ve been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California since 2002. I’ve worked with people from all different walks of life, experiencing a wide range of challenges. I specialize in trauma, relationships, parenting, adoption, education and career counseling, depression, anxiety, compassion fatigue, finding your purpose, and grief and loss. I was born into the Christian faith and my spiritual life has always been important to me. I am happy to meet you wherever you are in your faith journey whether or not your faith is strong or you are in the process of deconstructing your beliefs. If prayer and other faith or spiritual rituals are an important part of your healing and transformation journey, we can incorporate those into our sessions. My intention is to come along side you in your journey and support you in the way that is most meaningful and significant to you.

I believe in the human capacity for change. While life can present incredible difficulties, we also have incredible opportunities to adapt and find joy and meaning in our lives no matter our circumstances. My approach blends a variety of therapeutic methods including person-centered, narrative, mindfulness based cognitive therapy, and solution-focused. I adjust my style depending on your needs and preferences. I know sharing your thoughts and feelings can be difficult. I want you to feel seen and heard. My goal is to create a non-judgmental, safe space for you to work at your own pace on the issues that are important to you.

In therapy, our initial interactions are focused on assessment, getting to know each other, and giving you the opportunity to see if I’m a good fit for you. We start wherever you are and work together to envision the changes you would like to see. I’ll help you bring awareness to your situation. Together we can explore possibilities and solutions. We’ll create a plan, including incremental steps, that will help you achieve your therapeutic goals.

I encourage you to get to know me and ask questions. I look forward to working together.


  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Parenting issues
  • Coping with life changes
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coaching , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #21013 (Expires: 2021-11-01)


Written by C.O. on Aug 27, 2020 after counseling with Nichole for 11 months

A wonderful person to practice listening with.

Written by K.A. on Oct 25, 2019 after counseling with Nichole for 1 month

Nicole is incredibly perceptive and intuitive about the best ways to support me. She has grasped the details of my situation and offered excellent advice. Without rushing in to make decisive recommendations she has offered reflective perspective that reveals her clear understanding of my concerns.

Written by J.I. on Oct 09, 2019 after counseling with Nichole for 2 weeks

I am blessed to get connected to Nichole. She will help you get through the things you need to get through and offer you her profound insight and care.