Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach: As socially inclined beings, humans require two primary conditions In order to grow and heal: safety and acceptance. We need to feel safe enough to take the risk of stepping out into the unknown even though it may entail some challenges, and we need acceptance to know that we can reveal our full and complete complex selves, full of both light and darkness, and have that held gently and honored deeply, so that we can fully step into ourselves. I view my role as a counselor to be that of a facilitator whose primary task is to create this container of safety and acceptance where profound transformation can take place. I view each of my clients as social and political beings whose health is profoundly impacted by the systems in which they live and interact with, including various forms of privilege and oppression, which become internalized, and may result in such symptoms as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trouble regulating emotions, racing thoughts, or maintaining healthy relationships.
I work to bring deep healing to my community using trauma-informed, somatically-oriented approaches. Somatic refers to the lived experience of the body, the vehicle through which we both take in the world around us and exert ourselves upon the world. The body includes the mind, whose thoughts are informed by both our inner and outer landscapes, and it includes our emotions, which inform the way we interact with ourselves and others. In this manner, my approach is both holistic and specific to the unique needs of each individual.
Having worked with youth of various ages, abilities and backgrounds for over a decade, my philosophy is strongly rooted in attachment, family systems, and human development. While I view myself as a somatically oriented counselor, I combine this approach with other theoretical orientations and modalities including psychodynamic approaches, narrative approaches, and creative imagery. You can expect that our sessions will be gentle, playful, collaborative, and deeply meaningful.
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: Like many others, my vocational calling as a healer is strongly informed by my personal experiences of trauma and oppression, the ways I have experienced oppression as being traumatic on both a micro and macro level, and my own journey of healing and transformation. As a transmasculine, non-binary, mixed race, white presenting individual, my life and my identity have been shaped and refined by various overlapping systems of privilege and oppression. After having survived my own traumatic childhood, I felt deeply compelled to contribute to a more just and hospitable world by creating a palpable change in the lives of others, and for this reason, began working with youth, with the hope that by raising a generation of humans more socially and emotionally literate, I could help to slow down, shed light on, and heal these vicious cycles of pain. As I progressed in my profession, and began working with the adult caregivers of youth, I realized the importance and rewards of working with all sectors of the population impacted by trauma and oppression, no matter their social standing. Adults have their own wounded inner child who impacts their ability to form and maintain healthy relationships, make healthy choices, and create positive lasting change in their lives.
These experiences and more guided me towards a master’s degree in depth psychology and somatic studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, where I studied the healing power of the body and imagination. I am currently a doctoral candidate in the same program, where I continue to deepen my understanding of the intersection of trauma, attachment, oppression, the body, and our psyche’s innate power to heal and regenerate. I have worked in a diverse number of settings including public schools, where I attended to the social and emotional needs of students and staff alike; group homes; and intensive in-home therapy for youth, young adults, and parents. I utilize concepts from multiple somatic healing modalities, including Somatic Experiencing, Body Mind Centering, and Gestalt therapy, in addition to more narrative-based approaches.
Licensure: I am not currently eligible to pursue licensure in the State of Oregon, but am under the clinical supervision of Heather Sutch, LCSW.
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