Lauren Cleary, ATR, LPC

Individual and Family Therapist
Philosophy and Approach:
I believe that by providing clients with the time, space, tools, and a trained, guiding witness to their process, individuals will heal and reach their potential. As an integrative therapist, I utilize my diverse tool bag of training so that I am able to meet each individual’s unique needs. I strive to collaborate with clients to increase awareness on stressors and strengths while viewing challenges and concerns as opportunities for intentional decision making and discovering meaning. At the same time, we will look to see how individual situations are reflected in the general human condition to discover possible ways for adopting new perspectives and enhancing coping. I offer an empathetic and non-judgmental environment and relationship where one can feel safe in revealing feelings, thoughts, experiences and/or actions related to one’s life. By gently guiding the therapeutic process, always in collaboration with the client, I help individuals transform, heal, and develop increased insight, self-esteem and positive coping skills.

The internalized, verbally inaccessible experience can be bridged with an external place for expression and growth by the interventions unique to my training. My background has taught me the fundamental power of combining creative and traditional therapeutic interventions for individuals dealing with various challenges, and how an integrative approach can help individuals and families understand, communicate, and integrate their experiences and ideas. With an unwavering commitment to social justice advocacy and to multicultural sensitivity and competence, I aim to provide best practices for each individual who grants me the honor of working with them to live their best life and develop greater self-compassion, self-acceptance, and self-love.

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, private plan subscribers with out-of-network benefits, and cash/out-of-pocket payers. ONN’s regular fee is $200 per 53-minute session.

With a cash-pay/time-of-service discount, fees are:

$100 for individuals
$120 for couples

ONN only accepts cash as payment (no checks or cards).

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, but we are unable to hold appointment space after two missed/late cancelled appointments.

Bio: My background has taught me the fundamental power of combining creative and traditional therapeutic interventions for individuals dealing with various challenges, and how techniques unique to my training can help individuals understand, communicate, and integrate their experiences and ideas. Having always been deeply affected by injustices, I continuously seek out experiences and trainings to further develop and continue my commitment to social justice and anti-oppression.

As a Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor (pending processing), I have the empathy, knowledge, skills and passion necessary to provide innovative, engaging, dynamic, and culturally aware and responsive approaches to support clients in obtaining their goals. With a Masters degree from George Washington University and additional training in crisis intervention and trauma informed care, I am qualified to utilize both art and talk therapy. “Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy life-affirming pleasures of making art” ( One doesn’t need to be “artistic” to experience the benefits of art therapy, and it is always the client’s choice whether we utilize art making within our time together.

I have experience and training working with those affected by identity issues, depression, anxiety, psychosis, post traumatic stress disorder, life transitions, histories of abuse, loss and grief, and life-threatening chronic illnesses. I utilize a strength-based, holistic approach and have additional training and experience working with individuals from LGBTQQi+ and BDSM communities. In addition, I have experience collaborating with people of all ages in a range of settings that include an inpatient psychiatric stabilization unit, a K-8 charter school for Talented and Gifted (TAG) students, hospice, a school for individuals living with psychological and behavioral disorders, a private practice for those on the Autism Spectrum, a hospital for those living with chronic life-threatening illnesses, and a therapeutic camp for grieving individuals. I have guest lectured on various topics, including multicultural competence and ethics, in graduate courses throughout the United States, Hong Kong, and New Zealand, and have presented at professional conferences in the United States and internationally.

Licensure: As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, pending 12/17/2018)) with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists (OBLPCT) (, and a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) with the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) (, I abide by both the OBLPCT’s and the ATCB’s Codes of Ethics.

Contact: * 503.281.1166

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