Elyse Johansen, Student Intern

Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach:
 I take a relational, collaborative approach to counseling wherein autonomy, trust, and safety are paramount. I strive to co-create a therapeutic relationship in which you feel safe enough to express yourself authentically as we explore your inner world and the deeper layers of your experience. 

As a social justice-oriented counselor, I aim to be anti-colonial and affirming of diverse identities while being transparent about power dynamics, seeking feedback, and unlearning my own internalized oppression.

I’ve been trained to utilize a variety of theoretical and practical approaches to counseling. My style is trauma-informed and heavily influenced by emotionally focused therapy, attachment theory, relational psychodynamic theories, and existential-humanism. I also incorporate somatic awareness into my work to help clients build their capacity to regulate their nervous system.

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 does not allow us to charge for missed appointments and we would not want to, but we are unable to hold a regular appointment space after two missed/late cancelled appointments. You can, however, schedule into cancellation spots on your clinician’s schedule.

Bio: I am a third-year graduate student intern in the Professional Mental Health Counseling program at Lewis & Clark College. My coursework and training so far have focused on trauma, addiction, family and relationships, social justice, theoretical orientation, and practical counseling skills.

Outside of school and counseling, I spend my time cuddling with my dogs, reading and listening to audiobooks, developing my beginner culinary and baking skills, spending time outside by bike or on foot, and getting artsy/crafty with drawing/painting and knitting.

Licensure: I am graduate student intern enrolled in theMaster’s of Arts in Professional Mental Health Counseling program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling with a specialization in addictions. At ONN, I am under the clinical supervision of Heather Sutch, LCSW. I abide by the code of ethics set forth by the American Association for Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Oregon Licensing Board (OAR chapter 833, Division 100).

Contact: elyse@owlsnestnorth.com * 503.281.1166

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