Main Street Clinical Associates, PA

Main Street Clinical Associates, PA


George Nichols, PhD
George Nichols, PhD
(919) 286-3453 ext.119

Dr. Nichols earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned an MA in Counseling Psychology at Boston College and earned his BA in Psychology and Communication at Tulane University.

I provide individual, couples, and group counseling to young adults (18+) and adults. The majority of my work experiences before joining Main Street Clinical Associates were in the college counseling setting (2003-2018). I have also worked in the community mental health and hospital settings. In these work experiences, I practiced as a generalist and, as such, I have experience working with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, relationship concerns, identity development, career distress, self-esteem, substance use/abuse, family of origin concerns, trauma, grief, and life transitions.

In addition, I have been providing clinical supervision since 2009.

My approach to counseling

While I have been trained in different styles of counseling, I prefer to work from a gestalt perspective. What this means to me and how I practice can be summarized as follows.

  • I regard my clients (you) as whole human beings, not a set of symptoms or an illness
  • I value multiple perspectives as valid and true
  • I care about the past but believe that life happens in the present. It is in the present where we can make change possible and tangible
  • I believe our feelings are our compass. They emerge for a reason and can serve as a guide to understanding what our needs are. Knowing what we need and making choices to support our needs are a critical part of achieving well-being
  • When we try to avoid or "get rid of" a feeling, we can get stuck
  • When we understand that well-being requires us to experience all the feelings our bodies are wired to experience, it means that the process of change requires a willingness to encounter what we find uncomfortable
  • Growth occurs when we make contact with what makes us uncomfortable. Paradoxically- I believe that when we do this, we can develop a deeper relationship with our self and live more meaningful & fuller lives
  • My goal as your therapist is to support you to engage with what is preventing you from embodying your fullest potential