Ryen Welker McGrath, Student Intern

Individual Counselor
Philosophy and Approach: 
I believe that every individual has the capacity to heal and grow. Every person is doing the best they can with the life experience, skills, and tools they have at a given life stage, and is the expert on their own experience. When an individual seeks counseling, it can help increase their insight and add skills and tools that are helpful for how they wish to live. I hope to act as an understanding guide in the process of living a fulfilling life, whatever that looks like for a given person. Therapy can help people process the past, live in the present, and have hope for the future.

I believe that working with humans means working with trauma, and I strive to use a trauma-informed lens for the work we do together. My work is informed by principles of social justice and multicultural counseling, which means that I seek to understand people in the context of their identities and life experiences, and the systems that influence each of us in different ways. I use narrative therapy, relational-cultural therapy, strengths-based therapy, and tools from ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) and DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) when I work with individuals. I use somatic and mindfulness approaches to help clients access the power of their bodies and minds to promote wellness. These approaches include a neuroscientific understanding of body systems and the brain, being curious about how an individual’s experience of their own body can shift over time to assist with healing and growth.

One of my goals as a trans therapist is to help other trans-identified, gender expansive, and questioning people develop their identities and have space to grow. I see bodies of all sizes and abilities as worthy, and I use the principles of HAES (health at every size) in my work. I am sex-positive and queer friendly, and I support asexual and demisexual clients of all identities. I work with individuals of all racial identities, and I am committed to racial justice for clients born in the US and clients who are immigrants. I affirm the identities of clients who are polyamorous, non-monogamous, and kink-identified.

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

Bio: I am in the process of earning a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the College of Education at Portland State University. My training centers on individual and group counseling, gender identity, life transitions and adjustment, neurobiology, trauma, and clinical issues such as anxiety and depression. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 2008.

I was born and raised here in Portland. I identify as a white, bisexual, trans man who is temporarily able-bodied and straight-sized. My pronouns are he/him. My experience of holding both privileged and marginalized identities informs my counseling practice.

In addition to my counseling practice at Owls’ Nest North, I work in emergency and inpatient mental health care, serving adults and youth experiencing mental health crises, psychosis, personality disorders, and struggles with alcohol, substances, and behaviors. I am privileged to hold space for other transmasculine and nonbinary people as a volunteer facilitator for a peer support group.

Licensure: I am a graduate student intern enrolled in Portland State University’s Counselor Education program. During my internship at Owls’ Nest North, I am under the clinical supervision of Heather Sutch, LCSW. I am bound to the codes of ethics set by the American Counseling Association and the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.

Contact: ryen@owlsnestnorth.com * 503.281.1166

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