Kristi G. Erlich, LMFT

Clinical Director | Relationship and Individual Therapist
Philosophy and Approach: It is my belief that people are the greatest experts on themselves and (even so) can sometimes become distracted from the truth of their inherent goodness and capability. This occurs when we are exposed to acute and/or prolonged traumatic experiences that result in the formation of beliefs that cause us pain and dissatisfaction in life, and can become the new “truth” of who we are.

Through the therapeutic relationship, together, we work to uncover and transform these beliefs and make way for a more satisfying existence and back to the original truths of our real nature and core selves. I feel a profound sense of honor to be trusted with the life stories and inner world of my clients, and to be a partner in this process.

Sliding Scale Fee Structure: In the current climate of dwindling  social service resources, I believe that it’s the duty of the community members to fill in the gaps. I offer roughly half of my client hours at a reduced rate for those who are in need. Please contact me in advance of your first session to determine eligibility and availability of sliding scale services.

I offer a discount to cash-paying clients:
$150 for a 50-minute session

My regular billed rate is:
$225 for a 53-minute session

I am happy to confirm your benefits and eligibility, and bill insurance for you, both in and out of network. Your copays and coverage depend on your specific policy. With a couple of uncommon exceptions, it is the law that your insurance cover mental health. Please click the intake link at the top of any page on our website to initiate services and learn more about your insurance coverage.

While this list can change at any time, I currently contract with OHP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Moda, TriWest, MHN/HealthNet, PacificSource, and a number of EAPs. I can bill any non-HMO style insurance as an out-of-network provider as well.

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, I respectfully ask that you pay for any no-shows and sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice. OHP subscribers are extended an exemption from these fees due to contractual obligations, but I will not hold space in my calendar past two missed appointments that don’t offer notice.

Bio: I earned my master’s degree from Portland State University in Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling. This does not mean I am not trained to work with individuals. It simply means that my I am trained to counsel individuals and relationships from a systems perspective. That is, I see every client existing in the larger context of
his/her/their family, community, tribe, biome. My degree also requires that I gain experience working with couples and/or families in order to graduate with this
specialization. This is not required for other specializations.

I have a great interest in working with people who have emerged from high-demand group experiences, such as cults, extreme religious, political and spiritual communities. People who have emerged or escaped from cults or other high-demand groups often experience profound feelings of alienation and shame, difficulty trusting others and challenges regulating their emotional states. I have first-hand knowledge of the process and real understanding of what it takes to untangle oneself from the experience.

In addition, during my year long internship at the YWCA Counseling Center in Portland, I gained experience working with a variety of people and issues that include trauma, anxiety, sexual dysfunction in relationships, sexual abuse, rape, etc. I work extensively with queer and transgender relationships and other LGBTQQI clients in groups, relationships and individually. Prior to being a counselor, I worked with underprivileged youth in educational/social service settings for over 10 years. My undergraduate degree focused on biology and the interrelationships between living things and their environments, and how changes between and/or among them impact balance. I see this as widely applicable to my work as a therapist as well. I have developed a keen eye for patterns and interrelatedness.

Finally, I am a graduate of post-master’s study in mindful-experiential therapy approaches through the M.E.T.A. and Hakomi Institute of Oregon. My study is a synthesis of Hakomi (a systematic study of experience that provides a detailed model of how to intervene on physical, emotional, and mental levels) and Re-Creation of Self, developed by Jon Eisman (www.hakomiinstitute.com). Please let me know if you’d like to know more about my training.

Licensure: I am currently licensed in the state of Oregon as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). As a licensee of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I am bound by its Code of Ethics.

Contact: Please email me at kristi@owlsnestnorth.com (preferred). You may also contact me by phone at 503.281.1166, but please allow up to five business days for me to return your call.

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