Relationship and Individual Counselor
Philosophy and Approach: My primary focus as a practitioner is to create and hold a safer space for my clients to explore those issues and challenges that most affect their quality of life and their relationship to themselves and others. I practice an existential-integrative approach that utilizes gestalt theory and interventions to help clients raise critical awareness of themselves, make meaning of being in the world, and experiment with new ways of being. I’m highly relational, emotionally-focused, and continually strive towards greater cultural competency with the hope that I can provide my clients an opportunity to be more fully seen in a world in which they are often missed.
I work collaboratively with my clients to identify goals for change and growth, evaluate and honor past struggle, explore their identities, and acquire the skills necessary to effectively meet the ongoing uncertainties and complexities of life. The resultant increased wellness and satisfaction of my clients is evidenced by their lived experience of freedom out of restriction, new desire and capacity for authenticity, and sustained willingness to explore new and affirming experiences. I anticipate that my clients will be able to give voice to parts of themselves that might otherwise remain silent, more clearly express their needs, and skillfully reach to get those needs met 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 degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark College and I’m trained to work with individuals across the lifespan (children, adolescents and adults). I provide individual, group, relationship (EFT), family therapy, and I am trained in EMDR to assist those struggling with past trauma. Additionally, I have experience helping my clients with depression and anxiety, grief and loss, relationship and intimacy, neuro-diversity, existential concerns, chronic pain, and substance abuse. As an existential therapist, I am comfortable with and support clients to lean into distress and explore concerns related to freedom, death and impermanence, isolation, and meaninglessness. I see spirituality and particularly the meaning making capacity of individuals as a natural resource and intrinsic to locating oneself in the world and achieving optimal health and wellbeing.
My graduate program focus was counseling LGBT individuals and I am a founding member of the Oregon chapter of the Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (OALGBTIC). I have been working primarily with transgender, non-binary, queer and questioning individuals and their families since 2016. While my clinical specialty is providing gender affirming psychotherapy, I work with individuals with a broad range of cultural and social identities. My work with minoritized individuals has helped me understand more broadly the ways social inequities impact individuals and communities across the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability to name a few and I am devoted to helping all of my clients, regardless of their identities to increase their sense of agency in the face of systems of oppression.
I have been engaged in community organizing and social activism within the queer community for much of my adult life and view my clinical work as a natural extension of my community advocacy. When I’m not doing service work for several local service and activism organizations I practice alternative spirituality, study philosophy, and have notably geeky interests including a passion for Sci-fi, fantasy and RPGs.
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 currently under the clinical supervision of Margaret Eichler, PhD, LPC (Oregon License #C2058). Please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions about this.
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