Michelle Anderson, Student Intern

Individual and Relationship Counselor
Philosophy and Approach:
I see great value in working toward self-compassion, growth, and presence, not perfection. I offer a nurturing, nonjudgmental, and empowering space to open up and to heal. This includes utilizing mind-body connection practices to harness safety, process feelings and events, and ease the impact stress and trauma has on the body.

I blend a variety of experiential approaches, such as emotion-focused therapy and inner child, reparenting, and attachment work. Additionally, I may bring in mindfulness, art therapy, and occasional humor, all under the umbrella of trauma-informed care and social justice values. Above all, I aim for connection and understanding, as a strong relationship is the foundation for growth.

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 prohibits us from charging for missed appointments, but we are unable to hold appointment space after two missed/late-cancelled appointments.

Bio: I began my career in the arts, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Informed by this previous path and by queer community, I aim to fuse creativity and compassion, and unique, individualized therapy with broader anti-oppression goals. I am currently completing my masters degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark Graduate College of Education & Counseling, a program I chose for its social justice focus. I have completed coursework in individual, family, and couples counseling, lifespan development, trauma and crisis counseling, diversity and social justice, and expressive arts therapy. My research has been focused primarily on trauma and somatic (body-centered) therapy.

I have experience as a counseling intern in both community counseling and group private practice settings, utilizing a variety of theories and techniques from talk therapy to art and play therapy. This has included experience working with individuals of all ages, as well as with couples and relationships, including non-monogamous relationships. Much of my experience is within LGBTQIA+ community, and I am strongly gender identity affirming. I enjoy working with concerns around sexuality, identity, relationships, and sex and intimacy of all kinds. Other clinical passions include grief, trauma, and self-worth.

Licensure: I am a graduate student intern enrolled in Lewis & Clark College’s Professional Mental Health Counseling program. During my internship at Owl’s Nest North, I am under the clinical supervision of Heather Sutch, LCSW. I adhere to the code of ethics set by the American Counseling Association and Oregon Licensing Board (OAR chapter 833, division 100).

Contact: michelle@owlsnestnorth.com * 503.281.1166

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