Megan Mancini, Student Intern

Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach:
My approach to therapy starts with meeting you where you are and welcoming all the different parts of you. I want to help you generate your own felt-sense of wellbeing, safety and personal agency. I use relational, experiential and attachment tools to facilitate personal growth and healing. The word healing comes from the word whole. I want to help you develop healthy relationships with the parts of your inner system that feel like they don’t belong and bring them back to wholeness. I view what dominant culture might label as pathology as natural and adaptive strategies for coping with overwhelming situations. Through this non-pathologizing and non-judgemental lens, I am here to hold space for you and be with whatever shows up.   

I use Internal Family Systems, Hakomi, Somatic, and Gestalt approaches to encourage self-awareness, self-actualization and promote depth in relationships with Self and others. I view therapy as a collaborative experience that is built together upon the integrity of our therapeutic relationship. My approach to counseling has been shaped by a social justice paradigm that acknowledges how power, privilege and systemic oppression influence and shape people and the world we live in. All are welcome here. I approach therapy through a trauma-informed, anti-racism, anti-oppression, culturally competent lens. I am Queer and Trans affirming, sex positive and kink friendly. 

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: $45 for individuals and $65 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 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 graduate student intern enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Portland State University. I am currently completing a Level 1 Internal Family Systems Training, and have completed training in the Hakomi Method, trauma informed care, and multicultural competence. I am a 2022-2023 recipient of the National Board Certified Counselor Minority Fellowship Program, and the 2022-2023 Internal Family Systems Leadership Fellows Program. My professional background includes working with BIPOC kids/teens in public schools and teaching yoga. In my free time, I make ceramics, have worked in restaurants, farms, and have been playing ultimate frisbee for twenty years.  

I am a Korean born, transracially-adopted, cisgender woman of color. The core of my professional work and counselor identity comes from unlearning patterns of systemic oppression. Through my counseling work at the Community Counseling Clinic at Portland State University and as a BIPOC group facilitator for students at Portland Public Schools, I have been able to work with a diverse array of clients with varying life experiences. Through my work as a yoga teacher, I spent ten years developing skills to support people’s experiences of being in their bodies. My aim is to support clients who have experienced complex and developmental trauma, systemic oppression, people recovering from addictions, family of origin concerns, interpersonal and identity concerns.   

Licensure: During my internship at Owl’s Nest North, I am under the clinical supervision of Pamela Ganem, LPC and Kristi Erlich, LMFT. I abide by the code of ethics set forth by the American Association for Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Oregon Licensing Board (OAR chapter 833, Division 100). As a licensee intern counselor working through the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I abide by its Code of Ethics. 

Contact: * 503.281.1166

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