Rachel Hirsch, LPC Intern

Individual and Relationship Counselor
Philosophy and Approach:
As a psychodynamic therapist, I encourage the exploration of the interpersonal. The dynamics that shape us can impact the way we see ourselves and interact with the world. With relationships as a focus of our work, I take not only your relationships (past and present) but also our relationship within therapy into account. I aim to create a safe bond in which you feel accepted and can identify your strengths some of which perhaps you aren’t aware of, while also being challenged to grow. I bring genuine warmth, empathy, curiosity, and humor to our collaborative therapeutic process.

While I believe that you are most expert in yourself and your experience of the world, I aim to help you explore the ways in which you’ve consciously and unconsciously internalized your experiences, relationships, and emotions, and the ways you’ve adapted to these things. We will work together to understand the beliefs you hold about yourself, and we will examine and process them. Increasing your insight into yourself, within the context of your world, will move you toward healing and growth.

I bring my intersecting identities, which include both privilege and marginalization, into our sessions. Together, we’ll look at the ways our society has affected you both concretely and through covert socialization and internalized messaging. I am guided by psychodynamic theories and am informed by multiculturalism and queer theory. Together, we’ll create a space to explore your intersecting identities, culture, and experiences. I am LGBTQIA-affirming, anti-racism, and have a philosophy of cultural humility.

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

Bio:  I hold a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Portland State University with focus on individual as well as relationship and family therapy. My Bachelor of Arts in Political Science is from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at University of Oregon. I have years of social justice work experience within the non-profit sector. While my work in local and global social justice and humanitarian development was deeply meaningful for me, I found myself wanting to work more directly with others, which led me to mental health counseling—work that is intrinsically connection-based.

My work is relational. I believe that the client-therapist relationship is central to the therapeutic process. As your therapist, I will provide a setting in which you can feel free to fully express yourself and explore.

Licensure: I am registered as a licensed professional counselor intern in the state of Oregon. As an intern licensee of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I am bound by its code of ethics. I am under the clinical supervision of Jessamyn Wesley, LPC and Kristi Erlich, LMFT.

As a licensee intern counselor working through the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I abide by its Code of Ethics. Please feel free to visit the OBLPCT’s website (http://www.oregon.gov/oblpct) for additional information regarding any licensee or registered counseling intern or let me know if you’d like a hard copy of these professional standards.

Contact: rachel@owlsnestnorth.com * 503.281.1166

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