Shelly Nicol

Shelly NicolDoctoral Psychology Intern

Shelly Nicol is a doctoral intern from Pacific University and spent the last four years living in Portland, OR.  She was born and raised in Honolulu, HI and first left home to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies.  She has worked in a variety of settings including a residential substance use treatment program, a domestic violence shelter, the public school system, non-profit community mental health centers, Job Corps, and university counseling centers.  Her first practicum experience was working with transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth at TransActive Gender Center in Portland, OR. Working with the LGBTQ community remains her greatest passion, with an emphasis on transgender identity empowerment and health.  Additionally, Shelly is passionate about social justice work with underserved communities, feminist psychology, and multicultural dialogue.  She has experience in working with issues pertaining to anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, life transitions, identity development, and relationships.  Her therapeutic style is holistic, client-centered, feminist, and relational, with a heavy emphasis on the therapeutic relationship being the most important tool for positive growth and change.  For leisure, she enjoys being outdoors, live music, yoga, and bouldering.