Anessa Lewis, LPC Intern

Individual and Relationship Counselor
Philosophy and Approach:
I bring humor, authenticity, caring, cultural humility, and curiosity into the therapy room. As such, these qualities form the basis of my therapeutic approach. I would describe myself as having a psychodynamic orientation, which basically means that I value and find richness in the power of the subconscious. I trust that the process of therapy helps us uncover unconscious stories that we believe to be true. Some of these narratives serve us, while others obstruct our very way forward. I also use an integral approach. I believe that multiple paths lead to increased life satisfaction. An integrated approach allows for flexibility, creativity, and attunement to the moment. It is not prescriptive. I help clients get in touch with their unconscious selves through talk, expressive arts, mindfulness practices, and somatic work.

I believe we all possess the ability to heal ourselves and to make our lives work better. At times, we can experience difficulty seeing ourselves in the best light. Blocks—or even mountains—might appear in our way and we cannot figure out how these impediments got there, or how to move around them. Sometimes we need a guide to help us navigate this path. In therapy, we will explore what is working in your life and what you would like to change.

I value focusing on your strengths and utilizing them to forge new ground. At the same time, I believe that we also need to make room for the emotions and feelings that are not so easy. Rather than push them away, I will invite you to bring them into the room, allowing them the space and time they need to move through you. Finally, I see therapy as a joint partnership. Together we will create the right cadence, spaciousness, and safety that best suit your needs.

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 prohibits us from charging for missed appointments, but we are unable to hold appointment space after two missed/late-cancelled appointments.

Bio: I specialize in issues surrounding anxiety, sexuality, parenting, life transitions including grief work, addictions, and trauma. I have experience working with adolescents, couples, and individuals. I hold a master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco (graduated August 2017). Major course work included human development, family dynamics, child and adolescent therapy, couples therapy, sexuality, multicultural counseling, and transpersonal counseling. In addition, I worked in sexuality education for 12 years and have an additional seven years working for an environmental nonprofit.

I value the importance of acknowledging and working within social and cultural contexts. I feel like we need to use multiple lenses when we look at ourselves and when we work with others. I try to cultivate openness to and curiosity about the times when I make mistakes or assumptions and I have a commitment to owning these misses. During graduate school we delved into the concept of cultural humility. What resonates with me most about this concept or ideology is that it requires one to be open to how another person experiences their identity – not how one thinks or believes another identifies.

I identify as a: cis female, feminist, activist, mother, and environmentalist. I use a sex positive lens and am open to the myriad of expressions of sexuality. I have experience working with clients who identify as poly, kink, queer, asexual, intersex, gay, lesbian, heterosexual and as one colleague put it “all.”

I am also very familiar with addictions and the various approaches to support recovery: 12 step groups, Refuge Recovery (Buddhist informed), and SMART Recovery (based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy).

Licensure: As an Intern registered with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I abide by its Code of Ethics.  As an intern, I am under the clinical supervision of Daniel Donahue, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (OR #6067). Please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions about this.

Contact: * 503.281.1166

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