Individual and Relationship Counselor
Philosophy and Approach: Therapy is a powerful instrument we can channel towards change. The approach I implement in therapeutic work is called assimilative integration. My core orientation comes from existential therapy including the work of Irving Yalom and Victor Frankl. As such, meaning-making is central to our work together. We will investigate how you create meaning in your life and make sense of the stories of your life, both the painful and the joyous, in order to bring you to a newer, more empowered sense of self.
I also utilize a critical theories lens that examines how each of our unique constellations of identities and culture manifest in our mental health. I believe this is an important addition for those of us that come from intersecting minority backgrounds or are subject to oppression and discrimination.
Other components I may include come from Emotion-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, various mindfulness practices as well as interventions based in holistic behavioral activation. Many of the topics I have experience working with include emotional awareness and regulation, depression, anxiety, identity issues and spiritual- religious issues.
I believe that our therapeutic alliance is a great tool with which we can collaborate together to: 1) help you lead yourself into a more satisfyingly authentic life, 2) reach personal goals, 3) understand and develop your identity and 4) explore and address any issues you wish to attend to.
Most of all, I believe in your self-efficacy and power to change. I honor your commitment to personal growth and I look forward to working with you!
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
$100 for couples/families.
Cancellations: Please notify me as early as possible if you are not able to make a scheduled appointment. If you are unable to do so with 24 hours notice, you will be expected to pay for the missed session. Our OHP contract prohibits us from billing OHP clients for missed appointments, but we are unable to hold appointment space after two missed/late cancelled appointments.
Bio: I have a Masters Degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling. My coursework included trauma-informed practices, mindfulness, treatment planning, and human growth and development with an emphasis on social justice. Additionally, I am a bilingual Spanish/English counselor and if you wish for us to do therapy in Spanish, I happily welcome that.
I have extensive experience in grassroots community organizing and public advocacy, especially around issues that affect communities of color and queer communities such as immigration, civil rights, food security and gentrification.
My professional interests include bilingual counseling issues, developing multicultural competencies, developing ethics and legislation to benefit vulnerable communities, collaborating with other minority therapists and advocating for community mental health.
I am a member of the American Counseling Association, the Oregon Counseling Association, The Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development as well as Counselors for Social Justice.
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 supervision and my supervisors are Kristi G. Erlich, LMFT and Bren Boseman, LPC. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions about this.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org * 503.281.1166
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