Individual and Relationship Therapist
Please note: Lizz is out of the office on a teaching sabbatical until mid-May, 2019. Please submit your intake form in early May to secure a spot in Lizz’s schedule.
Philosophy and Approach: In my work as a therapist I use a Client-Centered approach that trusts in people’s innate ability to heal and overcome tremendous circumstances. My role as therapist is to hold space for this process of healing and self-discovery. I see therapy as collaborative and trust we both have tools, skills, creativity and experience to bring to this process together.
I seek to honor not only client individual experiences, but also the broader systems and environment that impact my clients and each of our daily lives. Each of us exist within a broader historical, cultural, socio-political, economic environment, and I see the health of our communities as intrinsically connected to personal health. There are many cultural, political, environmental, and economic forces that impact individual well-being. Honoring this connection between individual and collective in therapy helps us explore the impact of, and tools for overcoming, broader systems of oppression; meanwhile honoring the client’s unique lived experience in a contextualized framework. It also allows us to link personal transformation with systemic change.
I understand that each client comes to therapy with specific goals for their work and this is our central focus together. In my work with clients we can explore a wide range of modalities and creative tools to aid these goals. I hold a particular interest in narrative approaches, mindfulness, use of art and creative visualization, psychodynamic approaches, and practical tools for nervous system regulation and trauma resilience. I am currently focusing a large part of my practice on providing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) services.
I look forward to every new client I have the honor of working with, and to the creative process of forwarding personal change and strengthening collective resilience together.
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 regular fee is $200 per 53-minute session.
With a cash-pay/time-of-service discount are:
$100 for individuals
$120 for couples
ONN only accepts cash as payment (no checks or cards).
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, but we are unable to hold appointment space after two missed/late cancelled appointments.
Bio: I completed my Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ in 2009. For the last 9 years I have worked at the intersection of social movement work and mental health. I have facilitated and participated in a wide variety of community-based projects, including: a trauma support program in a women’s county jail, a Circle of Care therapist network for activists doing international human rights work, a food stamp program for area farmers markets, cross-border solidarity campaigns, worker unionization campaigns, and creative collaborative direct actions focused on racial justice. I am deeply inspired by Just Therapy approaches that link therapy to social movement work.
In 2012 I completed training with Intensive Trauma Therapy Inc. in Morgantown, WV, an intensive outpatient program that combines art therapy, narrative therapy and mindfulness for treating dissociation, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. This experience confirmed my passion for working in trauma treatment, and I went on to complete trainings in other modalities like Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE), and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
After working for two years in an outpatient therapy program with Lutheran Community Services, I completed my exam as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Oregon in the summer of 2017. During the last eight years I have worked with a wide variety of clients with a diversity of life situations and experiences. I have worked primarily with clients deeply impacted by our broader socio-political and economic systems, such as clients experiencing poverty, clients navigating the immigration system, and clients navigating the prison system. As a queer and non-binary person myself, it has also been an honor to work with many LGBTQQi+ folks. I have had the privilege of accompanying clients working through many different issues including trauma, anxiety, depression, identity and relationship issues.
Licensure: As a licensee of the Oregon Board of Social Workers, I abide by its Code of Ethics. While, I am no longer required to be under clinical supervision, I seek out regular consultation with professional peers. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions about this.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org * 503.281.1166
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