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. In addition to working in a counseling office, I've also worked in a hospital, a crisis stabilization unit, a juvenile hall, a drug and alcohol treatment center and foster care and adoption agencies. I specialize in trauma, relationships, parenting, adoption, education and career counseling, depression, anxiety, compassion fatigue, finding your purpose, and grief and loss.

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

I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coaching, ADHD

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


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


Written by J.A. on May 18, 2020 after counseling with Nichole for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and career difficulties

She is an amazing listener. I really appreciate that she checks in on me during the week, this lets me know that she really cares. Nichole really helped me get through a tough time in my life and I am so grateful for her.

Written by T.Y. on Apr 17, 2020 after counseling with Nichole for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Nicole is attentive, and genuinely cares for her patient’s wellbeing. She provides valuable feedback and analysis when necessary.

Written by A.L. on Apr 15, 2020 after counseling with Nichole for 6 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and coaching

Nichole is very responsive and empathetic. She asks many thoughtful questions that help me to reflect on the things I am feeling or going through. Her written responses are proportional to the length of text I send, and I really feel like she invests time in considering each aspect of what I write to her about. Video sessions are also helpful; Nichole is very present and always makes time to discuss what is most important to me.

Written by Z.O. on Dec 11, 2019 after counseling with Nichole for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

She empathetic and helpful. I always feel better after our sessions and value her insights.

Written by M.I. on Oct 08, 2019 after counseling with Nichole for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Nichole is extremely helpful, I had doubts about BetterHelp but she’s so helpful working with me after I explain things to her. She was patient and willing to wait for me to open up to her