Individual and Relationship Counselor
Philosophy and Approach: I take a collaborative and humanistic approach to therapy meaning I will work with you to embark on a therapeutic journey that incorporates your whole self. I believe the answers to our troubles exist within us already and I am simply a collaborative guide to help uncover those answers so that you can connect with your truest self. My approach rests heavily on attachment theory; as human beings, we are wired for emotional connection but so often we aren’t given the tools we need to access the connection we crave. I will work with you to understand and process how the wounds of your past are impacting the present and help you to discover new ways of connecting that can begin to heal those wounds.
As a marriage, couple, and family therapist, I think about individuals, couples, and families as deeply interconnected with each other and with a larger social context. I believe that we are all products of our experiences and we may need to work through the ways that we learned about the world and about ourselves in order to find self-acceptance.
Rarely does our culture provide for us the framework to process and understand our emotions and ourselves; this stifled emotion can hinder our ability to find meaning in our lives and often manifests as depression, anxiety, and other painful issues. I will give you the space to access new ways of understanding your story and connecting to yourself by bringing awareness to your emotional experience. So much of our emotional experience speaks to us through our bodies and I may also work with you to tune into your body in order to further understand yourself.
I am deeply connected to the philosophies of existential-humanistic and narrative therapies and their threads are woven into my work as a therapist. Finding meaning within the stories of our lives can sit at the core of therapeutic work. I practice emotionally-focused therapy, narrative therapy, and experiential therapy. In order to best fit your personal story, I can also integrate techniques from somatic therapy, mindfulness, CBT, and other therapeutic modalities. I am a sex- and body-positive clinician and I operate from a place of unconditional positive regard for my clients. I am committed to helping you connect with your authentic self.
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 an M.A. Candidate in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy at Lewis & Clark College here in Portland and I received my B.A. in Communication from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. I also have a certificate degree in sexual health education and have worked as a rape and domestic violence crisis counselor and sexual health educator in San Francisco. Prior to my work in counseling and sexual health I spent six years managing professional client relationships in the tech industry.
Through my work with intimate partner violence and sexual health, I noticed that an individual’s issues never occur in isolation and the most healing experiences tend to occur within relationships that provide secure attachment. This sparked my passion for connection that eventually led me to pursue a career in this field.
I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds and experiences and who have varying sexualities, genders and abilities. I have studied a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, and sexual dysfunction. I have training in sex therapy, sexual trauma and other sexuality issues and I appreciate the complex relationships we have with our sexualities. My program at Lewis & Clark College is rooted in social justice theory and I bring with me an awareness of how my social identity joins me in the therapy room. I am body-positive and LGBTQIA-affirming.
Licensure: I am a graduate student intern enrolled in Lewis & Clark College’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. During my internship at Owl’s 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 Marriage and Family Therapy and Oregon Licensing Board (OAR chapter 833, division 100).
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