My approach is collaborative, humanist and relational, present to the here and now. I am interested in what allows you to be fully embodied.
If you are someone who feels like you’re a stranger in your body and are hungering, longing for a deeper sense of home with yourself, your spirit, your body, we may be a good fit. These are the general areas I enjoy working with most, but please contact me if you have any questions:
-Identity exploration, individuation, and self work
-Spiritual deconstruction, exploration, faith loss, spiritual abuse
-Depression, stress & anxiety
-Vocation, growth & career exploration
-Relational healing, developmental or childhood trauma
-Codependency, relational conflict or relational issues
-Grief & loss, death anxiety, existential questions
-Somatic work, embodiment, body image, eating disorder recovery maintenance (**see below)
[I see age 18+]
**I am an anti-diet therapist and support the HAES model (Health at Every Size). This means I will not suggest recovery solutions that are restrictive, weight centric or weight biased. If you are in the stages of eating disorder recovery where you require your therapist to collaborate with dietary & medical support, are stepping down from an outpatient program or require more intensive support for behavior reduction, we are likely not a good fit. Please contact me if you need assistance with referrals.
I am a mental health counselor certified by the Washington Department of Health and Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. I have a Masters in Counseling from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon and have extensive experience in higher and lower levels of care. My undergrad degree was in Philosophy, I am someone people generally describe as deep, introspective, intuitive, and playful.
My therapeutic stance is relational based, humanist and collaborative. I do not believe I am the expert, but a co-traveler, collaborator and companion to your journey. I trust that you already contain within you all of the resources you need to heal, sometimes it's just nice to have someone mirror that to you who can take an objective stance.
I draw on approaches from attachment therapy, IFS (internal family systems), somatic based interventions, trauma informed care, existential work, mindfulness practices and nature based interventions. My interest in regenerative farming, permaculture, conservation, eco-spirituality and land stewardship has also created such rich connections in the self-healing rhythms I find inherent in all beings. It serves a deep inspiration for what can happen through the rhythm of cultivation, communal trust & belonging, letting go, and celebrating the work we put in.
My own work
Irvin Yalom once said we therapists cannot ask clients to go where we ourselves have refused to go. If you are working with me, you can rest assured knowing this is a modus operandi I take very seriously. I am committed to my own ongoing self care, self awareness and mental health. I see a therapist myself and probably will for the entirety of my vocation.
I am committed to the ongoing work of acknowledging my own implicit bias and privilege so that my space is an inclusive, welcoming and safe space to anyone who enters. I welcome feedback in our relationship as I know I always have room to grow. Therapeutic relationships work best when they are partnerships, not power structures.
It is important for you to know that my space is welcome to you regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, body size, ability, age, gender, or sexual orientation. As a white female in a thin body I continue to examine the privileges associated and how they impact my work. I remain humbled by the beauty and diversity of bodies I get to work with everyday.
GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE
You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical and mental health care will cost. Clients who do not have insurance or are choosing to not use insurance will receive an estimate of psychotherapy services. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services.
To learn more, go to www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call 800-985-3059.
Washington License (LMHC): LH61169453
Oregon License (LPC): C4767
Emily RH Benedict
Licensed Mental Health Counselor