Individual and Relationship Therapist and Clinical Supervisor
Philosophy and Approach: Asking for help with mental health can be challenging, and I honor the risk my clients take in joining me in a therapeutic relationship. Thank you for being here! Your experiences and emotions are valid and will play a central role in the work we do together.
I believe in the humanity of each individual and that a therapeutic relationship should be rooted in nonjudgment, social justice, and an exploration of your strengths and needs. Humans are complex! There are many ways to be and exist in the world and I aim to understand and support yours. My practice as a therapist focuses on seeing you holistically with your mind, body, experiences, and environment playing into who you are and what we can build together.
My approach as the therapist is to be person-driven while I help guide and support you as we explore the personal experiences, relationships, and wider systems that impact your life. I see incremental change and harm reduction as meaningful to growth and I work with individuals to disentangle themself from the idea of striving for perfection. Instead, we work to embrace ongoing tools and resources for improving and maintaining your mental health while acknowledging and considering the dynamics and impacts of systems of oppression on your unique experience.
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 originally from Portland and I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon in Family & Human Services. I knew that I loved working with people and wanted to spend time exploring different ways of doing so in a variety of places. Over the next decade, I worked with adults with intellectual disabilities, in case management with folks experiencing incarceration, and as a therapist for people facing substance use disorders. I lived in Washington, DC, Missoula, MT, and New Orleans, LA where I graduated from Tulane University with my Master of Social Work in 2018. In the fall of 2020 after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, I moved back to Portland and became licensed as a clinical social worker in Oregon. I am grateful to be back in the Pacific Northwest, where the rain smells better than anywhere else I’ve been.
My various experiences, both personally and professionally, have taught me the importance of human connection and creating nonjudgmental and supportive therapeutic relationships. I have training and experience in motivational interviewing, harm reduction, trauma-informed care, and mindfulness. I am committed to continued growth and believe that therapy oriented toward anti-oppression requires ongoing learning on my part.
Licensure: I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker registered with the Oregon Board of Social Workers. I abide by the guidelines and code of ethics set forth by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) which can be found at: https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics/Code-of-Ethics-English.
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