Michelle Nicholas, LCSW, CHT, C-ASWCM, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland
Whether you're looking for short-term or long-term psychotherapy, I provide a safe and caring place for you. Our sessions are focused on what is important to you, as well as what is important for you. I give special consideration to your cultural background, and work with you in a way that is respectful and effective. I don't just listen without commenting, but interact with you and help you express thoughts and feelings if that is what you need. Therapy can be painful and frustrating, but it is almost always beneficial.
I have worked extensively with trauma survivors and employ a range of techniques to bring about change and healing. My areas of specialization include LGBTQ issues, anxiety/stress/depression, bipolar disorder, intimacy and communication in relationships, and extensive experience working with Veterans.
I use an acceptance based and client-centered approach to my work and consider my clients to be the experts of their own experiences. Evening & Saturday Office Hours Available.
Call or Email Michelle Nicholas for a free phone consultation now - (510) 343-7757


  • Years in Practice: 10 Years
  • School: Smith College School for Social Work
  • License No. and State: LCS28131 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $130 - $150
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Health Savings Account, Paypal

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • Anthem
  • Cigna
  • Medicare
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: National Guild of Hypnotherapist / Certification
  • Certificate Date: 2015
  • Certificate: NASW / Specialty Certification
  • Certificate Date: 2012

Michelle Nicholas's Groups

Bipolar / Depression Psychotherapy Group

Currently screening for new group members- Adulthood can be challenging: work, relationships, parents, money, friends, drinking, bosses, politics, finding something to be passionate about. How do we find freedom and joy in the midst of all this? This weekly therapy group will address these concerns and focus on helping you struggle less with the thoughts, emotions, sensations, and memories you don't want so as to help you better move towards what's important to you in life. We'll use some structured exercises-drawn from cognitive behavioral approach and other approaches-and have ample opportunities for open-ended exploration.

More about this group


  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Lesbian


  • Anxiety
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Peer Relationships
  • Racial Identity
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues

Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders


  • Bisexual
  • Gay

Client Focus

Ethnicity: African-American and Other Racial or Ethnic Background


  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Veterans

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Gottman Method
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group


  • Video Counseling
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2018
Michelle Nicholas, LCSW, CHT, C-ASWCM, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland

Michelle Nicholas

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CHT, C-ASWCM