Casey Steele, MSW

Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach:
Through the dynamic and powerful setting of therapy, I believe we have the ability to tap into deep intuitive, emotional, cognitive, and somatic truths which can greatly aid in the healing of trauma as well as the navigation of everyday challenges. I utilize an attachment theory-centered approach, whereby the therapeutic relationship between us is, in and of itself, an opportunity to focus in on and bring attention and transformation to patterns that may have been created or disrupted in the history of our complex lives. At the core of my work is the inherent truth in you and my curiosity in understanding you more fully and authentically, just as you are right now. I am committed to examining power dynamics, equity, privilege, and the ways our intersecting lives affect you. I am also continually learning through my personal and professional lives ways I can be a true ally to historically oppressed and/or underrepresented clients. As a queer and differently-abled human living in this world, this examination and advocacy work is inherently relevant and informing to my practice.

I also practice through the lens of interpersonal neurobiology, educating on concepts such as epigenetics and the brilliance and challenges of the brain’s plasticity. We may also explore mindfulness techniques with the aim of bringing more spaciousness and non-judgement to any circumstance. Additionally, via the modalities of the IFS approach (Internal Family Systems), we may introduce concepts which include identifying, honoring, and unburdening the “parts” of ourselves we bring to our current way of living in the world. A deep honoring of your unique path as client and trust building between us is central to the way I hold respect for this work.

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: Following the completion of my Masters in Social Work degree in Los Angeles in 2011, I embarked on a diverse journey through social work. I worked in an adult mental health inpatient hospital unit, learning a tremendous amount about systemic oppression and severe and persistent mental illness. My curiosity for other forms of work (and weather patterns) brought me to Portland, where I served as part of a 24/7 phone counseling and resource guidance specialist team, supporting a deeply diverse set of clients experiencing extraordinarily differing needs: from Employee Assistance Program requests for dog-sitters ranging to stabilizing clients actively attempting to end their lives via suicide. I was then gifted the opportunity in Houston, Texas, to begin and run a federally grant-funded program connecting survivors of gynecologic cancers to women who had just been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer. The experience in this role was tremendous and informed my understanding of the medical system regarding chronic illness, trauma, oppression, power, and privilege witnessing the two communities this program was bridging. I am still inspired by this experience. In the years that followed Houston, I became focused on advocacy for clients behind the scenes, working in hospitals advocating to insurance companies to ensure clients were given the services they deserved, and that inappropriate denials were pursued and overturned in the name of true financial justice for the client.

As a queer and differently-abled individual having faced and transcended many challenges and traumas in this life, I am able to hold space for folks coming from many different places, and am always interested in examining my own opportunities for awareness with any new clients. Some of the topics I’ve been honored to explore with clients include many LGBTQQIA+ experiences/traumas, the experience of chronic, acute, or undiagnosable medical health conditions (especially systematically oppressed or historically oppressed folks in this category), anxiety disorders, depression and the pieces that surround it, complex PTSD; working alongside folks experiencing any of the above while also living as persons of color; and folks living with persistent mental health conditions that affect many systems of their lives. I would be honored to embark on this journey with you and aim to bring awareness to the intersection of all of the systems present in your life and in this community.

Licensure: As a (pending) registered CSWA of the Oregon Board of Social Workers, I abide by its Code of Ethics. As an intern, I am supervised by Robin Friedman, LCSW and Ariana Clark, LCSW. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about this.

Contact: * 503.281.1166

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