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Dr. Margaret Nichols
IPG Counseling - the Institute for Personal Growth - was founded in 1983 by Margaret Nichols, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and Diplomate in sex therapy. Dr. Nichols has been a well-respected leader in providing mental health and counseling services in New Jersey throughout her career. In addition to founding IPG, in 1976 Dr. Nichols founded and was the first Executive Director of the Women's Center of Monmouth County, the first federally-funded multi-purpose women's center in the U.S. and one of the first battered women's shelters in the country. She also founded, in 1985, the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, New Jersey's premier HIV social service agency.
Dr. Nichols is an internationally published author and speaker in the area of sexual minorities. She has been an invited participant in symposiums at the Kinsey Institute, resulting in books published by Oxford University Press. Among her other work is chapters in the groundbreaking book Lesbian Psychologies, and a chapter on sexual minorities in the leading textbook in the sex therapy field, Principles and Practices of Sex Therapy, edited by Sandra Leiblum. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex, the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, the World Professional Association of Transgender Health, and local chapters of several professional groups. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and completed her post-doctoral sex therapy certification at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
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