Philosophy and Approach: As a counselor, I see my role as that of a mirror that helps clients get in touch with their own innate wisdom. I use a compassionate, person-centered approach, to normalize and validate the human experience which can lead to a stronger sense of self. I strongly believe in people and their ability to overcome adversity, while also acknowledging the many systemic barriers that people face.
Using a trauma-informed care and an anti-oppressive practice framework, I work with clients to unpack the narratives that they have been taught about who they are and their role in the world so that they can reclaim their own story. I use a narrative approach to explore and help clients unlearn harmful messages they may have internalized growing up in a racist, homophobic, sexist, ableist, and transphobic society. I view the therapeutic relationship as a partnership where we will both learn from each other and as a therapist it is my responsibility to examine how my own biases, beliefs, and privilege show up in that space.
I use many theoretical orientations to meet the unique goals of each clients, however I primarily use mindfulness practices such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to examine client’s relationship with their thoughts and learn grounding techniques to cope with anxiety, depression, and racing thoughts. My goal is to help clients increase self-compassion and be able to identify and call on their many strengths to overcome challenges. I also work with clients to gain a better understanding of how their beliefs about themselves and the world affects their relationships with others. I believe in the importance of building connection and having a community, so I work with clients to learn skills needed to resolve conflict, build trust, communicate effectively, and create healthy boundaries that allows us to connect more fully with others.
I acknowledge what an honor and privilege it is for me to be a witness in my client’s lives as they share their truths with me and look forward to learning together.
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, private plan subscribers with out-of-network benefits, and cash/out-of-pocket payers. ONN’s regular fee is $200 per 53-minute session.
With a cash-pay/time-of-service discount, fees are:
$100 for individuals
$120 for couples
ONN only accepts cash as payment (no checks or cards).
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 working with people who feel like outsiders in society due to being part of a marginalized identity group, moving or being placed in a drastically new culture, and people who grew up in high-control groups or cults. My interest in working with these groups comes from my first-hand experience of growing up in a high-control group and transitioning to the mainstream. When people are forced to adapt or assimilate to the dominant culture, they learn to reject parts of themselves which leads to identity confusion, difficulty connecting with others, and difficulty trusting one- self. I aim to help clients reintegrate all parts of themselves and see their uniqueness as a strength rather then something that needs to be fixed.
I received my Master’s in Social Work degree from Portland State University with a specialization in leadership. My goal is to practice social justice work at a macro and individual level. I have over 8 years of experience working in mental health with people living in poverty that include intersections of people of color, LGBTQIA community, and adults with differing mental and physical health abilities. I have worked as a therapist on an Assertive Community Treatment team as well as a supervisor at a crisis treatment center. In both roles, I served adults living with serious persistent mental illness, often with complex trauma and co-occurring substance use disorders, and partnered with them to create holistic plans to help them meet their needs, while advocating for their rights within a broken mental health system. I have attended many workshops and trainings including a 3-day intensive Reframing Racism workshop put on by the Center for Equity and Inclusion. I am also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor I through the MHACBO board of Oregon.
Licensure: I am currently licensed in the state of Oregon as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). As a licensee of the Oregon Board of Clinical Social Workers, I am bound by its Code of Ethics. Please feel free to visit the OBLSW’s website (http://www.oregon.gov/blsw) for additional information regarding any licensee or registered counseling intern or let me know if you’d like a hard copy of these professional standards.
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