Philosophy and Approach: I strongly believe that every individual has their own unique life journey and the capacity for growth and healing. As we explore the complexities of your experience I will work with you to create a space that allows you to feel safe, supported, and validated. I strive to provide trauma-informed care and offer guided grounding practices that facilitate awareness of the present moment.
I believe that the relationship we have with our thoughts and distressing experiences is significant in shaping our identities and core beliefs. I feel that we can create meaning and new possibilities out of the underlying narrative of our lives. I value that difficult experiences and challenges deserve thoughtful and compassionate attention.
I aim to provide insightful support to help navigate the various influences of power and privilege that might be limiting your ability to feel empowered in the world around you. I first and foremost work from a social justice orientation, and I am primarily concerned with the client’s sense of safety and validation regarding issues of race, gender, sexuality, and other salient identity factors.
As someone who proudly identifies as trans, non-binary and queer, I strive to provide support and gender-affirming care to all individuals seeking my services. While I have a passion for serving the gender expansive community, I welcome clients from all backgrounds and experiences. My goal is to provide all clients with a sense of safety and validation during our work together.
I pull from a variety of theoretical orientations based on the clients’ unique challenges and needs. That being said, my values best align with mindfulness approaches (such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and Narrative Therapy. I work from a trauma-informed lens and strongly believe in the power of compassion when it comes to healing.
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 specialize in working with issues relating to gender and sexuality and have experience in serving the transgender and non-binary community. My passion for sexual minority concerns began during my work as a project coordinator for studies relating to psychological wellbeing among individuals living with HIV/AIDS at the Anxiety and Health Research Lab at The University of Houston (UH). My experience in this position allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the mental health concerns (primarily anxiety, depression, and substance use) related to sexual health and sexuality among a highly stigmatized population. Driven by my interest in sexuality issues and social justice, I went on to further my understanding of gender as a project coordinator at the Transgender Health Lab at UH. Throughout my work at the lab, I developed an extensive awareness of the unique challenges faced by transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals. Subsequently my volunteer work with Gender Infinity, a Texas non-profit organization that serves transgender and gender expansive youth as well as their families, providers, and advocates, allowed me to foster my interest in the promotion of affirmative care for TGNC youth.
I received my Master’s degree from Lewis and Clark College in Professional Mental Health Counseling in May 2019. During my graduate training at the Lewis and Clark Community Counseling Center, I managed a caseload of clients that included adults, youth, couples, and families in the SW Portland community. Additionally, I completed an internship at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. I have also co-facilitated adult therapy groups relating to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and trauma recovery. In addition to my personal and professional interest in improving life for TGNC individuals, I have 5 years of experience in working directly with the queer and gender expansive communities that allow me to provide gender affirmative care to my clients.
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 Kristi Erlich, LMFT.
As a licensee intern counselor working through the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I abide by its Code of Ethics. Please feel free to visit the OBLPCT’s website (http://www.oregon.gov/oblpct) for additional information regarding any licensee or
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