River Fagan, LPC Associate

Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach:
I view therapy as an unfolding process, a collaborative journey, and a microcosm in which the client has the opportunity to discover, explore, and transform deep-seated emotional patterns. As therapist, my role shifts with the needs of each client and each moment, while retaining a core of compassionate presence and clear reflection. I draw from feminist, humanistic, and nature-based frameworks and tools, seeking to reconnect clients both with their own inner wisdom and with broader webs of support and vitality.

In other words, I believe that we as human beings are intrinsically creative, strong, and resilient. And that all of us have been harmed by oppressive systems, which create patterns of confusion and disconnection that make it harder for us to access both our own innate capacities and the support available from the world around us. As therapist, my role is to collaborate with you as you find your way back towards self-love, clarity, and connection.

I am strongly influenced by a focus on the experiential. I believe that, as our difficult and unhelpful patterns arise in response to wounding experiences, our healing too must come through experiences. New, affirming, and empowering experiences are crucial to our growth. My aim is to work with you to create and nurture such experiences, in the therapy room and beyond.

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 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 hold a Master’s Degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis and Clark College. There, I learned how to incorporate my feminist values and passion for social justice with a strong foundation of research-informed counseling tools, principles, and practices.

I have additional training through supplemented my education through trainings at M.E.T.A. (Mindful and Experiential Therapeutic Approaches) where I also completed a one-year internship. At M.E.T.A., I learned the power that mindful awareness can have in deepening our understandings of our patterns and experiences and in unlocking new perspectives and possibilities. More specifically, I learned about the Hakomi method, Recreation of the Self, and various experiential strategies for facilitating insight, compassion, and transformation.

I have also completed a Certificate in Ecopsychology through Lewis and Clark. Ecopsychology explores the ways that ongoing ecological crises impact individual and familial wellness and also the resilience and healing power found through attending to our relationships with the natural world.

I feel passionate about centering the experiences of marginalized folks and those of us who can’t or won’t fit into our socially proscribed boxes. I have particular experience working with non-binary, trans, and queer folks, with survivors of trauma (including sexual violence and intimate partner violence), and with multiracial folks. I am committed to a lifelong process of learning about, undoing, and transforming the intersecting systems of oppression and privilege that cause so much harm. I am inspired by visions of social justice that attend to both individual healing and to collective liberation, and to the many ways these are intertwined.

Licensure: I am registered as a licensed professional counselor associate 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 Steven Keeley, LPC.

Contact: river@owlsnestnorth.com * 503.281.1166

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