Laura Patiño, Student Intern

Individual and Relationship Therapist
Philosophy and Approach:
I believe that everyone’s story is unique and I aim to create a space where you and your journey are celebrated. It’s important to me that you feel seen, heard, valued, and comfortable to explore the depths of yourself. I hope to honor your strengths and your intersecting identities in an environment that feels open and inclusive. We live in a culture where many people are impacted by systemic oppression and though we are not ultimately defined by these factors, I value staying mindful of the way systemic issues can affect our experiences and relationships. Together we can explore the elements that influence your internal and external world in the spirit of growth, awakening, healing, and transformation.

My therapeutic style is creative, nurturing, empathic, perhaps humorous (to some), and laid-back. I find value in processing the past, embracing the present, and creating the foundation for a future that aligns with your values and desires. When appropriate, I utilize approaches such as narrative therapy (NT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and trauma informed care. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to personally tailor these modalities to each client in a way that resonates and feels collaborative.

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: I am a graduate student intern enrolled in the Professional Mental Health Counseling program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music. My graduate training and research have been focused on individual and group counseling for trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD, sexuality, and gender-related issues. I have completed trainings in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), trauma-informed care, and multicultural competence. I have previously worked with communities impacted by trauma, eating disorders, and interpersonal violence.

Prior to my career in mental health, I began my work in the music and media industries where I was inspired by our human abilities to make meaning and connection through expressive arts, particularly within communities that face discrimination. My affinity for creative empowerment and celebrating those who march to the beat of their own drum remains a focal point of my work. My lived experiences relating to gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, spirituality, religion, ability, socioeconomic status, and culture have fueled my persistent passion for connection and collective adaptation.

Licensure: I am a graduate student intern enrolled in Lewis & Clark College’s Professional Mental Health Counseling program. During my internship at ONN, I am under the clinical supervision of Heather Sutch, LCSW. I adhere to the code of ethics set by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and Oregon Licensing Board (OAR chapter 833, division 100).

Contact: * 503.281.1166

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