Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach: My approach to therapy centers around the belief that we are social beings, and the people that surround us powerfully shape our stories. These stories build upon each other to form our complex and beautiful identities. When our social environment fails to provide the affirmation, validation, and support we deserve, our sense of Self struggles to flourish. I am here to sit with you wherever you are and find what works best for you through curiosity, non-judgment, and collaboration.
There are so many parts of ourselves—those parts may blend seamlessly, others may repel, or take time to warm up to one another. I invite all of those parts into the counseling room. Each part of you is valid and deserves attention. Let’s explore the complexity of your experience by ushering in those parts of you that may feel neglected, stuck, or uncharted. I believe healing happens when we can greet all parts of ourselves with genuine curiosity and compassion. My approach to therapy integrates wisdom from narrative, somatic, and internalized family systems modalities, with a strong emphasis on applying a trauma-informed, sex-positive, and social justice lens to all my work.
My priority is cultivating a safe, transparent, non-hierarchical therapeutic relationship so you feel truly comfortable exploring your needs, wants, and curiosities. And perhaps in the process, we can recreate your story to honor all parts of yourself.
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 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: Perhaps like you, I am deeply embedded in the process of rediscovering and clarifying my sense of Self. As a Brown, biracial, queer, polyamorous cis-woman living with chronic pain and illness, I commonly find myself in environments where my reality is questioned, doubted, or shamed. I spent years quieting my voice and identity to make others comfortable. As a result, I am well acquainted with the pain and exhaustion of doing so. I am still unlearning that habit, finding relief in community, and constantly learning and growing from those around me.
I am currently a graduate student intern enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Portland State University. I completed my undergraduate degree at New York University in journalism and anthropology. I have completed the Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) training through the Northwest Instititute on Intimacy in June 2022, and am currently working to become an AASECT-certified Sex Therapist. I have a professional background in outdoor education, during which I worked with underserved youth in wilderness settings, who reinforced the myriad ways that societal structures impact disenfranchised communities here in the United States. Together, we discussed how we navigate majority spaces, celebrating stories of bravery and brainstorming tools to promote inclusion in our own communities. It is this work that motivated me to pursue a career in counseling.
What brings me joy: dogs, dancing, and my dear friends. I would have liked to join the circus in another life, and you may find me playing on aerial silks. Yes, I’m another one of those true crime aficionados…but I’ll never stay out of the woods!
Licensure: During my internship at Owls’ Nest North, I am under the clinical supervision of Heather Sutch, LCSW. I abide by the code of ethics set forth by the American Association for Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Oregon Licensing Board (OAR chapter 833, Division 100). As a licensee intern counselor working through the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I abide by its Code of Ethics.
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