Philosophy and Approach:My primary approach to therapy is somatic, which integrates the body into the therapeutic process. This means that while we address emotions, thoughts, and behaviors we also consider how the body is holding experience as well. For example, when our hearts start racing, or when we feel a knot in our stomach, our body is telling us something important about our experience. In the therapy room, this can look like talking about what’s going on, slowing down to pay attention to bodily sensation, using breath to deepen into experiences or exploring a particular gesture or movement. As we get a deeper sense of what is going on for us, we can have more informed choices in our responses, rather then reacting habitually and automatically.
In addition to looking inward to bodily experience we will also consider the larger contexts – such as family and social dynamics – that exist outside of us but still have a real impact on our whole being. I see myself as a companion on your journey to grow, supporting your innate ability to self-heal. I tailor my approach to each person uniquely, informed by a collaborative dynamic where we shape the course of therapy 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 fee with a cash-pay discount is $80 for individuals.
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: My study of embodiment and psychology grew out of my fascination with movement, creative expression, and a curiosity about how both affect our wellbeing. I earned my Masters in Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Additional to a body-centered approach, my studies included attachment theory, mindfulness and psychodynamics. I have supplementary training in Contemporary Reichian therapy— an intensive 4-year program focusing on emotional regulation. Previous experience encompasses both private practice settings and work with underprivileged communities inside the jail system and post-incarceration. I completed my movement training from Syzygy Dance project, which focuses on bringing play, creativity and expression into underserved settings. I also have experience and a particular passion for studying and working with multi- cultural and immigration experiences.
Licensure: As an Intern registered with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I abide by its Code of Ethics. As an intern, I am under the clinical supervision of Kristi G. Erlich, LMFT and Bren Boseman, LPC. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions about this.
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