Individual and Relationship Counselor
Philosophy and Approach: My therapeutic approach is informed and organized by a belief that our bodies hold the secrets of our wounds as well as the intrinsic wisdom to heal them. Based on my training and understanding of current neuroscience research, I have seen how difficult experience is stored in the body in complex ways, and that by attending to and deeply listening to the experience of the body, we find our way to greater understanding of our wounding and the means by which to tend to it. By working to reunite the mind-body complex, we can experience profound transformation: of wounding into self-knowing, of constriction into aliveness, of pain into resource.
I practice trauma-informed, mindfulness-based somatic therapy which invites you to slow way down and bring curious attention to your inner world: emotions and the physical sensations beneath them, related thoughts and beliefs, images and associations, and connections to past experiences. Practicing non-judgmental attention to your moment-to-moment experience in this way allows us to collaboratively study how your particular system organizes experience and to become aware of the patterns in operation and their origins. Throughout this map-making process, the body will organically show us what it needs in order to process and repair places of pain and stuckness.
Within the somatic framework, I also – depending on your particular needs and interests – integrate aspects from many other therapeutic modalities such as internal family systems (parts work), expressive arts therapy, attachment theory, dialectical behavior therapy, psychodynamic approaches, narrative therapy, and depth psychology. The time I spent living and practicing at Zen monasteries also informs my work. I follow a systems perspective that recognizes the individual psyche as an expression of a complex matrix of individual, family, community, societal and global systems; as such I pay close attention to the potential impacts of discrimination and oppression. Relatedly, I strive to maintain a critical lens towards my own positionality and always welcome feedback on my impact. I work with individuals, partners, families, and groups, and honor all relationship and family structures.
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: $45 for individuals and $65 for relationship counseling.
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 am in the process of earning a Master’s of Art in Counseling Psychology from Sofia University, which specializes in transpersonal and integrative therapeutic orientations. I have also completed the two-year M.E.T.A./Hakomi Comprehensive Training program in somatic (body-based) psychotherapy skills. My training centers around working with individual, partner, and family relationships, as well as group dynamics, anxiety and depression, gender identity and sexuality, intimacy, attachment wounding, trauma, and life transitions.
Licensure: I am a graduate student intern enrolled in Sofia University’s Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology program. During my internship at Owl’s Nest North, I am under the clinical supervision of Heather Sutch, LCSW. I adhere to the code of ethics set by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and Oregon Licensing Board (OAR chapter 833, division 100).
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