Help the Self

Gayle Gaynor RNC, BSN has been a Register Nurse for 46 years with a specialty certification in Obstetrics.  She received her RN degree from Hudson Valley Community College in 1972 and completed her BSN in 2006 after her children were grown.  During the course of her career she has received her Inpatient OB certification as well as Certified Childbirth Educator,  Lactation Counselor and Neonatal Resuscitation Instructor. 

For the past several years she has been instrumental in initiating a local program working with mothers to be who are, or have been drug dependent, in order to provide these moms with local access to obstetric services and focus on having healthy moms and babies. This program is working with the state wide Cradle Me program for drug dependent mothers.

Over the years she has been a leader in both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts as well as a volunteer in the local schools. Helping children has always been a driving force for her and with that in mind, she made a career shift in 2015 adding Othmer Neurofeedback Clinician.  She has been working with her friend Irene Greene Murphy offering neurofeedback sessions in conjunction with the cognitive behavioral therapy that Irene does.  She has seen amazing results for children with ADD, anxiety and depression.

Gayle sees both adults and children as clients but especially enjoys working with the children.  Appointments available Tuesday thru Thursdays at our Somesville, ME office. 


gayle gaynor, RNC, BSN

nicky white, mba, ryt

A Holistic approach to SELF health

irene greene murphy, LCSW, LADC

Nicky White is Practice Administrator for Help the Self.  

She earned her Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine. She then went on to earn a MBA in Entrepreneurship. She then did some personal development and studied to become a Yoga instructor. She earned her 200hr RYT from Wholeheart Yoga in Cape Elizabeth; along with taking additional trainings in Yin & Meditation with Sagel Kelly Urlacher, as well at Prenatal Yoga Training.

Nicky has recently become an Affiliate Member of Rooted Lyfe. Rooted Lyfe is a women run and created company that sells CBD products. Their mission is to "Simplify the CBD experience". They "know there is an overwhelming amount of information coming out every day about CBD. They pride themselves on being able to provide scientifically and medically accurate information about CBD with the help of their Advisory Doctor." Nicky welcomes any questions/concerns about CBD products. There are many options out there and not all are safe. She believes in Rooted Lyfe products because she uses them herself to help with her ADD and anxiety. If you'd like to try their products you can use code "nicole10" to save 10% you entire order, every time you order. 

Nicky found great healing powers from practicing and teaching yoga. She currently loves sharing the practice of yoga with her 2 year old daughter, Isabelle. She looks forward to bringing yoga into the Help the Self community. She likes to say "if you can breath and stretch, you can do yoga". 

Irene has been specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a clinician, consultant and instructor for over 35 years. Irene has been a clinical supervisor for training in the areas of Addictions, Family & Children Services in Maine, Florida and New Jersey. Irene is also a Certified Neuro- and Bio- feedback provider since 2009. As of 2015, Irene is the Clinical Director of Help the Self.

Irene has taught courses in Addictions and Stress Management at Florida Atlantic University and Nova University. In addition, she has presented various clinical workshops at NASW (National Association of Social Workers- Maine Division) Annual Conference in Maine.

Irene has held numerous retreats for women to get together and discuss their experiences and difficulties in peaceful and relaxing settings. Irene was the Clinical Program Director for Mount Desert Island Hospital's Behavioral Health Center.

Irene returned to private practice in 2005 and currently helps clients across the age spectrum. Irene's therapy is focused on helping people deal with their current difficulties and struggles instead of focusing on what happened in the past. Her specialties include addictions, abuse/trauma, family services and mental health counseling issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD and other learning difficulties.

Irene's education is comprehensive. After completing her undergraduate education at Monmouth University in New Jersey, Irene went on to receive her Master's degree in Social Work from Barry University in Miami, Florida. Irene has had a private practice for over 12 years and has been a school social worker as well. 

Delusion, A Drug of Choice, is a book that Irene wrote incorporating her 40+ years of experience in the mental health field along with her personal experiences. ‚ÄčThis book describes the silent struggles we deal with in our lives and offers solutions. It will provide you with insights that when finally obtained will allow you to shift your thoughts and hopefully then experience an outrageous sense of well being and peace. When your reach this place within you, anger, resentment, and disappointment will no longer control or interfere with living truthfully. This book will take you on a journey from delusion to truth.