Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach: Curiosity is the driving force of my life. I love to explore the deeper aspects of the human experience. I continue to study and to follow my passion for meeting the edges of the unknown, and to learn.
My calling is to support folks in creating health and transformation, building resilience, understanding chronic conditions, and reconnecting with earth and body.
I utilize many different tools that have come from my training in Body Psychotherapy modalities (like Somatic Experiencing®, Core Energetics and Hakomi), Interpersonal Neurobiology, and specialized trauma care. I use a holistic approach in the renegotiation of trauma and mental wellness. I think of the renegotiation of trauma as an important individual endeavor and as inseparable from the healing of larger structures within which we exist and create. Our individual health is not separate from the health of the land, our community, relationships, and the structures we live in. As we change the structures and policies that are making us sick, we also take good care of ourselves and our communities, knowing that our individual liberation and care are part of the whole.
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 student at Pacifica Graduate Institute working towards a PhD in clinical psychology. I am also a licensed Naturopath in the state of Oregon and a Somatic Experiencing practitioner who specializes in working with trauma, intergenerational trauma, racialized trauma and chronic illness. In my free time I enjoy learning, playing, dancing, listening to music and making or experiencing art.
I am a 47-year-old cis-gendered woman, whose preferred pronouns are she/her. I have been in a heterosexual relationship for 15 years and I have 2 children ages 14 and 10. I was raised in a lower economic class and am currently in the upper economic class. My family immigrated from Mexico, and I was born in the United States. I am a Mestiza woman and my ancestors include Native peoples from Southern and Northern Mexico, folks from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal), and folks from West and North Africa. My first language was Spanish, although after all of these years I am more comfortable speaking in English. I practice a mix of Buddhism, Earth Based practices and worship/devotion to Tonantzin/Virgen de Guadalupe. I practice cultural humility and work to understand experiences that are not my own, where my biases hide, and how I can contribute to greater freedom, joy and liberation for people in all types of bodies and with all types of experiences. I work towards being anti-racist, sex positive, and body positive. I affirm gender identity and expressions of all kinds, and support the rights of people who immigrate, knowing that no human is illegal.
Licensure: I am a graduate student intern enrolled in the Clinical Psychology program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, working under the clinical supervision of Maddy Gribbon, LCSW. I abide by the code of ethics set forth by the American Counseling Association and the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (OAR chapter 833, Division 100).
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