Emily Partigan, Student Intern

Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach:
I believe that every person can grow and move forward in their personal journey in ways they desire when given the proper time, space, and support. I aim to provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment where clients can feel comfortable developing a collaborative relationship so we may work together in exploring their therapeutic goals. I believe that the client is the expert on their story and through that belief, I provide the client support and guidance that help unravel the layers of their experiences. Life has its difficulties and I am here to be clients’ biggest cheerleader as they explore, grow, and heal in their journey. 

The main foundation of my therapeutic approach comes from CBT as I assist clients in identifying the root of their thoughts and behaviors before working on challenging and changing those patterns. I also pull from mindfulness, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and psychodynamic therapy and use a trauma-informed and social justice/anti-racist lens. Through my eclectic therapeutic approach, I understand how important an individual’s different identities are and want to incorporate all parts of a client into our discussions. Through our collaboration, I hope to assist clients in the challenges life brings them and help them discover their strengths and overall potential. 

I appreciate the trust and vulnerability clients bring to counseling and in return enjoy being my authentic self during sessions. I identify as a queer, fat, BIPOC woman and feel it can be beneficial to be transparent about these aspects of myself with clients based on my desire to work with individuals in those communities. I will be respectful, empathic, and compassionate during sessions while bringing honesty, humor, and, when appropriate, a more casual tone.  

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 in the process of earning a Master’s of Art in Professional Mental Health & Counseling from Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education & Counseling. My graduate education has focused mainly on individual counseling through a social justice/anti-racist and equity lens. Alongside my degree, I am also in the process of earning the Eating Disorder Certificate from Lewis & Clark to further my ability in treating those who are impacted by eating disorders, body image, and disordered eating. My training and education has included work with trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationships, body image, disordered eating, gender identity, intimacy, and sexuality.  

Licensure: I am a graduate student intern enrolled in Lewis & Clark College’s Professional Mental Health & Counseling 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).

Contact: emily@owlsnestnorth.com * 503.281.1166

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