Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach: My approach focuses on wellness, self-actualization, and rebuilding resources in times of adversity. I hold a person-centered, humanistic perspective, that all human beings are naturally oriented towards growth, and that when hindrances to growth are removed humans will naturally thrive. At the same time, there are many points in development when human beings are psychologically injured, or learn poor coping strategies. Such negative experiences can create internalized negative beliefs about the self and others that lead to becoming stuck in unhealthy or painful patterns. These beliefs can be both conscious and unconscious. Using mindfulness and body-awareness, I aim to help slow down this process to examine and uncover beliefs that create these limiting patterns. Using experiential methods, new preferred ways of being can be developed, tested, and ultimately incorporated into a richer, more fulfilling way of being.
I have a background in art and advocacy, including volunteer work and 8 years in the public health sector. My art and advocacy backgrounds both influence my approach to counseling in that I believe that passion and creation have a major effect on the individual and their quality of life. I strive to use my knowledge of systemic institutionalized oppression and marginalization and their impacts on the individual to inform my mental health practice.
Sliding Scale Fee Structure: Owls’ Nest North is committed to making services accessible to everyone regardless of ability to pay. We seek to catch those who fall through the cracks of care in our current system. My sliding scale is determined by the current fee schedule of Owls’ Nest North. If you are un- or under-insured and therefore forced to pay out-of-pocket, please let me know prior to our first session, so we can determine your eligibility for a sliding scale fee. If you are experiencing difficulty navigating the new healthcare system, we are also happy to support and advocate for you in becoming insured.
At this time, I am only available to see OHP subscribers and cash/out-of-pocket payers. My fees with a cash-pay discount are: $80 for individuals and $100 for couples/families.
Cancellations: Occasionally life intervenes and prevents us from following through with our commitments. I trust our mutual respect of one another’s time. As such, it is our policy to collect my full session fee for no-shows and sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
If you are an OHP client, our contract does not allow us to charge for missed appointments, but we are unable to hold appointment space after two missed/late cancelled appointments.
Bio: In 2014 I was unsatisfied with my career. Having recently transitioned positions from a small branch of a health care non-profit helping to provide services directly to patients in clinic, to a large pediatric hospital managing referrals and incoming calls, I found my daily work lackluster. Though I held compassion and care for the parents of our patients who called in needing help, I missed connecting face-to-face with patients every day and helping to empower and advocate for them. Through introspection and a bit of luck I found the field of counseling, which satisfied both my need to connect to individuals on a deeper level every day, and to help them grow empowered and shape the course of their lives.
I received my Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Portland State University in June of 2018. In addition to my masters coursework, I have completed several trainings through the M.E.T.A. training center, which is also where I completed my culminating internship experience for my Masters program. M.E.T.A.’s focus of the use of mindfulness, body-awareness and experiential techniques echo my belief that the most impactful experiences are not learned on paper, but in the body. My immersion in these powerful modalities have influenced and shaped the way I approach my work with clients, and the change process.
I also feel passionate about the people I serve. Both during my time in the mental health field, and my previous career in public health, I have worked with many marginalized and underserved populations including the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrant and Spanish-speaking populations, trans youth and their families, and non-monogamous/polyamorous individuals and couples. As an intersectional feminist I acknowledge the role systemic, institutionalized oppression plays in the lives and wellbeing of marginalized communities. I actively seek out ways to learn more about the mechanisms of systemic oppression and align myself with groups and individuals who seek to counteract it. I aim to learn about each of my client’s experiences in the world with curiosity and respect.
Prior to my Masters level education, I pursued my artistic interests in music, theatre, and photography. Art and creation still hold a special place in my life, in and out of the counseling office, and I hope to incorporate curiosity, creativity and play into our sessions. As a native Portlander and Oregonian I treasure connecting with the natural wonders of our state, and enjoy spending time with friends and family.
Licensure: I am registered as a licensed professional counselor intern in the state of Oregon. As an intern licensee of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I am bound by its code of ethics. I am under the clinical supervision of Anne-Marie Benjamin, LPC.
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