Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach: I believe people are buoyant and drawn towards wholeness. Our ability to experience conflict and pain and continue to move forward stems from our innate desire to grow and heal. It is also our core sense of self, as shaped by our environments, experiences, relationships, and identities, that fuels and informs this movement. Therapy can be a tool for liberatory change in our relationship with ourselves and with others. As such, it is my aim as a therapist to build a safe and collaborative space with you, as you clarify goals and build skills to facilitate change. Together, we will strengthen your agency, curiosity, and compassion for yourself and your relationships.
I approach my work from a trauma-informed, systemic, and collaborative perspective, integrating Emotionally Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, skill-based modalities, psychoeducation, and somatic exercises. My theoretical foundation is rooted in queer and feminist theory, and principles of anti-racism. As a therapist I am committed to identifying issues of power and equity, and believe mental health to be intergenerational, culturally shaped, and political. I am body positive, and am deeply passionate about providing affirming, nuanced services to LGBQIA and transgender and gender nonconforming folks.
In my work with partners and relationships, I embrace the challenge of diving into deep-seated patterns and conflicts, while also exploring the realities of day-to-day compromise and boundary setting. I especially love to support partners as they navigate a significant life change, be it a loss, a change in identity, or newfound recovery. I am non-monogamy, polyamory, and kink affirming, and honor all embodiments of family.
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: I hold a Master’s of Art in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy from Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and counseling, with a specialization in sex therapy. My training and clinical experience centers around partner and family relationships, LGBTQIA identity, gender identity, grief and loss, anxiety and depression, sexuality and intimacy, and addiction and recovery. I have experience working in a variety of community and residential settings, and a background in intimate partner violence, homelessness, and employment services. My undergraduate degrees are in Gender Studies and Art History and Visual Culture Studies from Whitman College.
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 Sawyer Salameh, LPC.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org * 503.281.1166
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