Megan Miranda, Student Intern

Student Intern Counselor
Philosophy and Approach: 
I believe that all people have the capacity to change their lives for the better. In my experience, this can be achieved through direct and open communication with my clients about their experiences in the world. I actively strive to acknowledge systematic oppression to aid clients in a holistic approach to their healing. Specifically, I take special care to be LGBTQIA+ affirming in all of the work that I do.

In addition, my philosophy to treatment includes client’s willingness and commitment to their own well-being. I feel that treatment often requires client accountability, which is a service I am able to provide. My background includes extensive work in the field of social work, with specific focus on substance use disorder treatment for those with criminal histories. My training includes cognitive behavioral therapy and rational emotive behavioral therapy. I use these methods in conjunction with a narrative approach to help clients rewrite their views of themselves and the world around them.

Furthermore, I believe in showing up for my clients through my use of equitable, thoughtful, and empowering communication with them throughout their treatment. I am actively working towards a space where all clients are heard, validated, and supported in their growth and treatment, regardless of race, gender identity, sexuality, class, and physical capability.

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 fee with a cash-pay discount is $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 prohibits us from charging for missed appointments, but we are unable to hold appointment space after two missed/late cancelled appointments.

Bio: I graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Upon graduating, I have used my degree for the last four years providing treatment for those with co-occurring substance use disorder and mental health challenges. During this time, I’ve worked with clients from many diverse backgrounds, especially those in marginalized communities and low-income families. My education and training utilizes a strengths-based perspective, focusing on each individual’s resilience and ability to take accountability and responsibility for their own recovery.

Currently, I am a graduate student at Portland State University working towards my Masters of Social Work. My concentration is in clinical social work with a long term goal of treating co-occurring disorders in an individual counseling setting.

Licensure: I am registered with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors as an active intern and am bound by its code of ethics. I am under the clinical supervision of Heather Sutch, LCSW.

Contact: * 503.281.1166

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