Relationship and Individual Counselor
Philosophy and Approach: I come from a systemic view in my work with individuals, couples or families. My goal is to walk alongside my clients on their paths, exploring events and opportunities on the way that might aid them in their respective journeys. I focus on being strengths-based by working with clients to highlight their internal power and accomplishments to connect to their own voice and control.
My approach is based on experiential therapy, with a focus on attachment. I believe the way we relate to the world as adults is rooted in our early life experiences. Experiential therapy allows clients to revisit difficulties in their life with a different perspective. I am also trained in EMDR, which is a therapeutic practice borne of the idea that everyone has experienced trauma in life that interferes with connection to the world around them. EMDR allows the client to reprocess those traumas and reestablish that connection more authentically.
I also work through a lens of social justice in my practice. I am committed to creating space in my personal and professional life to work with communities experiencing discrimination and oppression. Additionally, examining struggles systemically lifts the veil of blame clients often feel related to their traumatic experiences, thereby minimizing guilt and shame. I believe we need to support and comfort our clients, our community and ourselves to create sustained change in our environments.
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: $70 for individuals and $80 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 received my Master’s degree from Lewis and Clark College in Marriage, Couples and Family Therapy. This perspective does not mean I only work with couples or families, but when working with all clients, I consider everything and everyone in their lives that impacts their issues. My education fostered an understanding of how people work together to construct the situation they are in. We all react and interact to/with everything around us, which connects to the struggles we currently face. This view allows blame and shame to be minimized allowing the authentic self to take control.
In my practice, I have worked with people struggling with trauma, addiction, PTSD, anxiety, depression, disassociation disorder, sexual abuse, sex work, sexual dysfunction, LGBTQQIA issues and family conflict. I have worked with individuals, families, and couples, both adults and youth. I have worked in a Drug and Alcohol facility where I focused on addiction, coming from the perspective that personal trauma impacts the use of unhelpful strategies to cope with life’s hardships. I have worked with SARC (Sexual Assault Resource Center), helping both women and men deal with sexual trauma.
In 2016 I completed training in EMDR. I use EMDR throughout my practice to help people reprocess past events. My training helps me to understand trauma and past events in a way that connects the mind and the body.
I also focused in Sex Therapy through my practice at Lewis and Clark College. My clinical work was under the supervision of a Sex Therapist. I come from a sex positive, body positive perspective, with an understanding that our culture places pressure and expectations on individuals in their sexual interactions. This pressure creates conflict in sexual interactions or intimacy. Working to understand these pressures helps one connect to their true needs.
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. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions about this.
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