Quinn Francis, Student Intern

Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach: I became a counselor because of the deeply healing relationships and transformation I’ve experienced in my own therapy. My respect for each client’s autonomy and intuition is also based on personal experience – I believe we all have an inherent ability to find balance and ease, and sometimes need a trusted guide to walk alongside us. Beyond our personal struggles, none of us are immune to the harmful impacts of oppression, capitalism, and climate change that we face today. We all benefit from having a dedicated space to turn toward ourselves and make new meaning of our experiences.  

My approach as a counselor is warm and collaborative, focused on creating an authentic relationship where we can learn more about ourselves and practice ways we’d like to show up in the world. I aim for my work to be anti-racist and anti-colonial, affirming of diverse gender and sexual identities as well as relationship practices, sex positive, fat positive, and aligned with disability justice principles. As a justice-oriented therapist, I try to minimize unbalanced power dynamics by being transparent, seeking feedback from clients, and unlearning my own internalized oppression. 

I utilize therapeutic approaches from person-centered and relational psychodynamic theories, nervous system regulation from somatic (body-based) therapy, and offer skills for emotion regulation and distress tolerance. I also bring attention to external power dynamics that may affect each client (familial, cultural, societal) as a way of identifying where we can have the most impact in our work 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 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:  As a queer and non-binary trans person, many of my counseling interests focus on clients with whom I share identities. My own experiences accessing care have shown me just how valuable it is to work with a counselor who has lived experience and deep integration within community. Other parts of my identity include being a white, middle-class US citizen who is currently able bodied. I have personal and professional experience related to polyamory, kink, family estrangement, and complex trauma, and have particular sensitivity and interest in working with clients who seek support with any of these topics.

My clinical training has focused on serving clients with LGBTQ+ identities, disability and/or chronic illness, and those who have experienced trauma. Prior to becoming a counselor, I worked as a researcher with Veterans experiencing suicidal ideation, as a skills coach for adult students, and as a laborer on organic farms around the country. In my personal time, I enjoy cooking and baking, photography, and riding my bike. I bring my authentic self to the counseling environment and enjoy laughing and sometimes even crying alongside my clients, as I believe our struggles and our liberation are deeply interconnected. 

Licensure: I am a graduate student intern enrolled in the Professional Mental Health Counseling program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, working under the clinical supervision of Heather Sutch, LCSW. I abide by the code of ethics set forth by the American Counseling Association and the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (OAR chapter 833, Division 100).

Contact: quinn@owlsnestnorth.com * 503.281.1166

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