Margaret Nichols


Margaret Nichols


Not Accepting New Clients
Professions: Psychotherapist, Psychologist, Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 35SI00184700
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235 Ninth Street
Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

My Approach to Helping

I'm a psychologist and the Executive Director of the Institute for Personal Growth (IPG) in New Jersey and New York City. I practice therapy myself and supervise the other thirty-five IPG therapists in our private practice. We believe that people come to therapy with the power to heal themselves, that there is an inner guiding light that will take them to their goals. It's our job to help you unleash your own power and find the light within you. We keep ourselves trained in the most current evidence-based techniques while understanding that, in the end, it is the person-to-person connection that makes therapy and healing possible. We know that compassion, understanding, and wisdom are as important in therapy as skill. To learn more about our practice, please visit our website.

More Info About My Practice

IPG is a private group psychotherapy practice in central and northern New Jersey as well as in NYC. Our offices are in Highland Park, Jersey City, Freehold and Manhattan. We are trained in a broad range of eclectic approaches to individual counseling, relationship therapy, sex therapy, hypnotherapy, and EMDR (rapid treatment for trauma and anxiety). We help people with diverse backgrounds and issues and have special expertise with the L/G/B/T/kink/poly communities. We see children, adolescents and adults, work with insurance companies, and take credit cards. Our offices are easily accessible from central and north Jersey via the major highways and public transportation. We can accomodate preferences for a therapist based on gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We employ thirty-five therapists, with office hours six days and evenings per week. All our therapists are licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers or licensed professional counselors. In addition, four of our staff are AASECT-Certified Sex Therapists (one a Diplomate in sex therapy); nine are EMDR-trained; several are CADC's (Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors); many are Certified Imago Relationship Counselors; and one is a Certified Psychodramatist. Please see our website for further information.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

IPG was founded in 1983 for the purpose of serving the under-served and poorly served, specifically LGBT clients and sexual minorities. We have extensive training and experience working with these populations. Our practice works with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and kink communities as well as with transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their families. We also have the largest sex therapy practice in the region, with several AASECT-Certified Sex Therapists and twelve sex therapy Residents on staff. Please check our website to learn more about us and for helpful resources.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Mediation
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Other

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    People with sexual dysfunctions, LGBT, Sexual minorities

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Constellations
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Hakomi
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic
  • Reality Therapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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