Leigh Banfill, MSW

Individual Therapist
Philosophy and Approach:
My goal as a therapist is to facilitate a judgement-free space where you can explore your inner world, your current circumstances, and your past experiences and help you to identify the threads that weave together to create your life and your story. I am here to support you in cultivating a life that is livable and balanced in ways that are specific to you. My training in social work causes me to be interested in what’s going on for people internally, and equally interested in the external social conditions that impact your ability to thrive. Sometimes therapy involves inspecting, questioning, taking apart, and adjusting beliefs, personal narratives, thought patterns, and actions. Other times, it’s more helpful to recognize and name and sometimes grieve the injustices we have been saddled with, to tend to the power and sacred knowledge of survival and resistance within our bodyminds, our communities, and our cultures, and decide how we wish to respond and carry ourselves forward, while continuously affirming our innate right to wellness, wholeness, and sovereignty.

If one of your goals in therapy is to process and heal past trauma, especially complex and relational trauma, I gravitate to “parts work” such as Internal Family Systems (IFS), as well as grief work and ritual. If you are seeking to reduce the experience of distress in your daily life or get better at coping with present-day stressors, I turn to emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), as well as somatic and mindfulness practices. If you are exploring your identity, whether that’s gender identity, queer identity, cultural identity, neurodivergence, stepping into a new role in your life, or adjusting to a change in status, health, or ability, I enjoy using a narrative approach. These are just examples of the tools and modalities that I use and what is most important to me is that we practice these in a way that feels safe and beneficial for you. I seek regular feedback on your experience of therapy and our relationship and I encourage you to be candid about what is working for you and what is not.

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 couples/families.

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 white, queer, non-binary and neurodivergent human. I use they/them pronouns. I have lived in the Western so-called United States my whole life, primarily in New Mexico and Oregon. I feel reverent about plants, land forms, and the interaction between clouds and sunlight. I think a lot about how hard it is to be here, and how amazing it is that we are here.

I subscribe to philosophies and principles of the neurodiversity paradigm, de-pathologization, health at every size, body neutrality, disability justice, harm reduction, person-centered care, and self-determination. I am interested in eroding white supremacy and cis-hetero-patriarchy in my daily interactions. I’m an abolitionist and my liberation is bound up with yours.

Licensure: As a CSWA, (clinical social work associate) registered with the Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers, I abide by its guidelines and the code of ethics set forth by the NASW, or National Association of Social Workers: https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics/Code-of-Ethics-English. I am under the clinical supervision of Heather Sutch, LCSW.

Contact: leigh@owlsnestnorth.com * 503.281.1166

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