Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach: You are the expert on your life, both your experience and the direction you want for your future. Your goals and perspective take priority in my view of counseling. My role is to partner with you to map out our work together.
My approach is relational and experiential. This means creating an environment of warmth, support, and non-judgement. As a counselor, seeing you clearly, believing you, believing in your strengths and resilience, fosters the conditions where you can process what has happened to you, explore the layers of your experience, find patterns, learn skills, and open up perspective. This work also involves integrating the thinking mind with emotions and the body.
Broader social aspects such as cultural background, as well as systems, environment, and oppression, shape experience. Our conversations will include your identities and social locations as well as the context of your life. I believe awareness of broader social dynamics is an aspect of rooting into our value and our power.
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 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 earned an MS in professional mental health counseling at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. My graduate coursework used a social justice framework to explore trauma counseling, motivational interviewing, somatic therapies, addiction treatment, development across the lifespan, and individual, family, and group counseling. I have also completed a research project that explores topics of childhood maltreatment, complex trauma, attachment and earned security, social support, resilience, and reparative relationships.
One of the main themes throughout the work I have done in my life is connection, helping people connect with themselves and forming healthy connection in relationship. Before training to become a counselor, I practiced massage therapy from a mind/body perspective. This work grounded me in many of the skills that I bring to counseling, somatic awareness, mindfulness, connecting with others, staying present with another, holding space for unfolding, building trust, offering warmth, acceptance and empathy. I originally trained in massage and practiced in Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Portland.
I grew up in New York State and as an undergraduate studied Sociology at the State University of New York, College at Brockport. Through working in residential care with adults who have development disabilities, travel, and additional studies, I became very interested in the interplay between individuals and their society – how each shapes the other.
Licensure: I have earned a Master’s of Science in Professional Mental Health Counseling degree at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling with a specialization in addictions. At ONN, I am under the clinical supervision of Heather Sutch, LCSW. I abide by the code of ethics set forth by the American Association for Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Oregon Licensing Board (OAR chapter 833, Division 100). As a Registered Associate working through the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I abide by its Code of Ethics.
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