Individual and Relationship Counselor
Philosophy and Approach: As a social justice driven, queer and non-binary therapist, I understand that systemic oppression adds complexity and hardship to our lives, and I welcome these topics during sessions. As a therapist with a white racial identity, I recognize that I have the unearned privilege of feeling comfortable in many spaces; however, my comfort is not the priority. Therapy is a sacred space for you to feel comfortable, to be heard, and to heal. You have the right to a counselor who is not defensive and who does not demand that you educate them. I will continuously strive to honor and maintain this sacred space with cultural humility and on-going education through supervision, research, formal trainings, and honest self-reflection of my own biases.
I specialize in treating trauma and addictions. My work is rooted in nonviolent communication with an approach that is somatic and attachment based. When appropriate (and with consent) I incorporate Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing (SE), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in sessions. I am especially passionate about helping folks who are questioning (or curious) about their gender identity, as well as adult children of parents who struggled with addiction, and individuals who have been affected by narcissistic abuse.
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 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 prohibits us from charging for missed appointments, but we are unable to hold appointment space after two missed/late-cancelled appointments.
Bio: I began my career in mental health, obtaining a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University and went on to work in community mental health settings. I have a background in activism and have gotten to work with some amazing community leaders over the last decade, so direct action and mutual aid are very important to me and something I have incorporated into my career as mental health professional. I hold a master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark Graduate College of Education & Counseling, a school well known for its focus on social justice. In addition to counseling curricula, I also completed coursework in addictions and ecopsychology. I am also trained in EMDR through the Personal Transformation Institute which emphasized somatic experiencing, attachment, and non-violent communication.
I have experience as a counselor in both community counseling and group private practice settings, which has included experience working with adults, couples, and non-monogamous relationships. Much of my experience is working with folks in the LGBTQIA+ community, many of whom were seeking guidance in their process of gender-affirmation.
Licensure: I am registered as a licensed professional counselor intern in the state of Oregon. As an intern licensee of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I am bound by its code of ethics. I am under the clinical supervision of Sawyer Salameh, LPC.
Contact: email@example.com * 503.281.1166
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