Individual and Relationship Counselor
Philosophy and Approach: I believe through safe, consistent, and affirming connection and access to adequate resources we can become our best selves. Therefore, I work collaboratively with clients to develop compassionate relationships that centers their goals, highlights and builds on their strengths, and breaks patterns that don’t serve them. I offer a grounding, empathetic presence to co-build a therapeutic relationship that allows for consistent support that’s required for doing the hard work of healing that we all deserve. I also value transparency, feedback, non-judgement, humor, and an anti-oppression approach to my work with clients, while maintaining an awareness of impacts of power, oppression, identity, and culture on how we move through the world.
My aim is to understand my clients holistically and see who they are relationally, spiritually, culturally, psychologically, and biologically and will often start with an assessment that covers these areas. I approach treatment systemically, integrating attachment theory, experiential, emotion focused, and internal family systems therapy models. I also pull interventions from body centered somatic practices, mindfulness, art therapy, sex therapy, and motivational interviewing. Ultimately, my work is informed by trauma informed care, harm reduction, and social justice frameworks.
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 finished undergrad with a Bachelor of Arts in Ceramics and Sculpture in 2009 at Southern Oregon University. I found that my art practice was fueled by thinking about and being in relationship to people and communities. I came to graduate school in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Lewis and Clark Graduate School after working in various settings throughout Chicago. I engaged with youth and artists of different forms. I advocated for the needs of transgender people experiencing houselessness and I worked alongside mental health professionals working in housing, substance-use treatment, and healthcare. I also spent some time in customer service, which also became relevant training.
I have experience as a therapist in community mental health settings, utilizing mainly talk therapy techniques. I also employ mindfulness & somatic techniques, play therapy, art therapy, and sex therapy practices. These experiences include working with adolescents and adults as well as individuals, couples, families, and non-monogamous relationship configurations. Much of my experience is with the LGBTQIA+ community, and I am strongly affirming of gender identity as well as sexuality-affirming. I believe in continuously learning and integrating anti-racist practices, transformative justice, disability justice, and “health at every size” philosophy. My work is distinguished by my passion about identity, sexuality and relational work as well as grief, trauma and Self work in many forms (worth, esteem, compassion, growth, loving, healing, etc.).
Licensure: As an Intern registered with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I abide by its Code of Ethics. As an intern, I am under the clinical supervision of Heather Sutch, LCSW. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions about this.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org * 503.281.1166
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