Jess Irish, Student Intern

Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach:
I believe that every person deserves to feel heard, seen, and treated with unconditional positive regard in a supportive environment. Fostering a warm and dynamic relationship that encourages awareness, introspection, and compassion is vital in my approach as a therapist. I work collaboratively with clients or couples to explore their life goals and aspirations, and together we create workable and sustainable steps on that path. I strive to see people in their entirety, to honor their thoughts, systems, and feelings, and avoid pathologizing emotional struggles. In a society where oppression is an everyday experience for many, I honor your journey and will work as a guide in helping you heal, evolve, transform, and thrive.

As a queer, trans person, I know how hard and isolating it can be for the LGBTQIAA+ community and how challenging these experiences can feel. I want to be a part of your journey as you create and work toward pursuits that bring you closer to where and who you want to be. My objective is to give you space to discover, grow, and flourish in whatever phase of life you are in.

I take an eclectic approach toward therapy by bringing an innovative, compassionate, encouraging, and often geeky style. I strive to embody a strong social justice orientation that focuses on anti-racist, sex-positive, fat-positive, pro-disability justice, trans affirmative, and LGBTQIAA+ informed work. I work as a facilitator of change via narrative, constructivism theories to create a strong, mutual, supportive, and empowering relationship with my client. Constructivist ideas often explore meaning people assign to experiences and encourage clients to participate in the change process.

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 non-binary, queer graduate student intern focusing on individual and relationship counseling through a lens of social justice, multiculturalism, gender-affirmative care, and equity. As a person who uses they/them pronouns and wishes to understand others more wholly, I have expanded my knowledge base and skills by completing a Transgender Affirmative Care certification path that focuses on the individual, family, and systems surrounding LGBTQIAA+ individuals. I am also a geek; thus, I am currently training in an ACA-endorsed program around Geek Therapeutics to bring more relatable content into the therapy room for others who might be geeky or neurodiverse.

My training has centered around working with individuals, partners, family relationships, and group dynamics. My Bachelor’s degree is in Psychology and human sexuality, which I utilized to do community building, workshop creation, and education within the polyamory and kink communities for over a decade before attending graduate school. I work with folks seeking therapy around anxiety and depression, gender identity and presentation, polyamory and kink lifestyles, sexuality, intimacy, intersectionality, and life transitions. I spend my time away from work focused on my duties as a leader of Antioch’s SPECTRUM (LGBTQIAA+) group, fighting for equality and acceptance for all body types and sizes, neurodiverse awareness and empowerment, and practicing anti-racism while acknowledging my privilege as a white individual. I enjoy exploring different forms of anime, virtual reality, comic books, video games, and board games when I need to disconnect.

Licensure: I am a graduate student intern enrolled in Antioch University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. During my internship at ONN, 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: * 503.281.1166

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