Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach: I believe that every person is capable of growth and healing. The therapeutic process is much like fine tuning a radio. Our work is to lessen the static until core needs and emotions are clear enough to hear. As a therapist, I am a visitor in the overall journey of your healing. As such, I can provide a non-judgmental, compassionate, and caring environment for you to come into deeper relationship with yourself. Ultimately, I believe we are all equipped to be our own best healers. Therapy is a place to uncover this deep inner potential, as well as to grieve, to question, to explore, and ultimately to grow.
My approach is rooted in Internal Family Systems, Hakomi, and Emotion-Focused Therapy. I use mindfulness and somatic-based techniques to access the experience of the body and nervous system. My approach to counseling has been shaped by a social justice lens with the incorporation of liberation-based healing practices. I strive for a practice that is actively anti-racist and anti-colonial, pro disability justice, fat positive, sex positive, as well as queer and trans friendly and informed.
As a queer and trans identified therapist, I am particularly drawn to working within the LGBTQIA community. Part of my process as a practitioner is recalibrating therapeutic modalities to suit the needs of queer and gender non-conforming individuals. This is particularly the case with body-centered approaches. Ultimately, I believe the therapeutic process to be most effective when both the client and counselor are authentic, honest, and equally committed to the process. It is an honor for me to be a part of your healing journey.
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 graduate student intern enrolled in the Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling Therapy program at Portland State University. My graduate education has been focused on individual and relationship counseling through a lens of social justice and equity. My studies include work with attachment, trauma, anxiety, sexuality and gender related issues, intimacy and sex, as well as grief and loss. Prior to attending graduate school, I was a direct support worker for individuals with physical disabilities. I also spent time teaching music at a day program for adults with developmental disabilities. I am passionate about the intersection of art practice and healing.
Licensure: I am a graduate student intern enrolled in Portland State University’s 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).
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