Heather Sutch, LCSW

Clinical Co-Director | Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach:
I believe that people have the capacity to  find the way of living that serves them the best and aim to assist  them in connecting to this. I believe that therapy is a collaborative  experience between client and therapist, in which we both bring useful  tools and experiences. The therapeutic relationship between us provides the safe, creative space to bring about exploration and change.

I believe in working holistically and believe that the mind-body  connection is key in addressing emotional struggles. Through techniques,  such as mindfulness, we can learn to be present with the mind, body and  spirit and find a more integrated existence.

I am cognizant of the context that clients come into therapy from and  believe this should be very present in our work. Your unique cultural  background and factors such as power dynamics and oppression, that are  a part of the society in which we live are a key part of the picture that  we work with in therapy.

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 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. This policy isn’t meant to be punitive, but to meet the needs of all parties involved.

Bio: My original training was in Mental Health Nursing and I  received my Bachelor’s degree with this focus from King’s College in  London, U.K. I worked as a nurse in an inpatient unit with adolescents  for 2 years before immigrating to the United States.

After arriving in the United States, my career transitioned to one in  social work. I have since worked in a variety of community mental  health settings and at the National University of Natural Medicine  student counseling center (where I continue to work part time). I  earned my Master’s degree in Social Work from Portland State University  in 2013 and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Throughout the fourteen years that I have worked in the mental health  field, I have worked with a wide variety of clients with a diversity of  life situations and experiences. I have worked primarily with  marginalized populations, such as clients experiencing poverty and  LGBTQQi+ folks. I have had the privilege of walking alongside clients  working through many different issues including trauma, anxiety,  depression, identity and relationship issues.

I have received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance  and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful  Self Compassion and utilize all these modalities in my therapeutic work.

Licensure: As a licensee of the Oregon Board of Social Workers, I abide  by its Code of Ethics. While, I am no longer required to be under clinical supervision, I seek out regular consultation with professional peers. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions about this.

Contact: heather@owlsnestnorth.com * 503.281.1166

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