Lauren E Cleary, LPC, LCAT, ATR-BC

My name is Lauren and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon, a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) in Oregon, and a nationally Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC). 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) and twice or multi-exceptional (2e) students, a hospice and palliative care program, a public day school for students receiving special education services due to emotional and/or behavioral needs, a private practice for individuals 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 in graduate courses throughout the United States, Hong Kong, and New Zealand on various topics, including multicultural and diversity competence, ethics, and palliative care, and have presented at professional conferences in the United States and internationally. I bring extensive experience in issues faced by individuals including grief, trauma, identity issues, and emotional and behavioral challenges.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, practicing yoga, listening to music, reading, and adventures in nature.

Treatment Orientation

I believe that by providing you with the time, space, tools, and a trained, guiding witness to your process, you will heal and be able to live a more authentic life. As an integrative therapist, I draw on a broad range of therapeutic modalities including humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, family-systems, acceptance-and-commitment, trauma-informed, and existential theories. I utilize my diverse tool bag of training so that I am able to meet your unique needs. I strive to collaborate with you to increase awareness of 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, compassionate, 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-acceptance, 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 understand, communicate, and integrate their experiences and ideas. With an unwavering commitment to social justice advocacy and anti-racism, I aim to provide best practices for each individual who grants me the honor of working with them to develop greater self-compassion, self-acceptance, and self-love.

I work with children, adolescents, and adults who may be experiencing:

  • Grief and loss
  • Chronic illness
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Self-esteem challenges
  • Complex trauma / PTSD
  • Depression
  • Identity issues
  • Relationship issues / Divorce
  • Adjustment challenges to life changes
  • Addiction issues
  • Parenting challenges
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Talented & gifted (TAG) and 2e/multi-exceptional
  • White Privilege

Education

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh: Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2002

George Washington University, DC: Master of Arts in Art Therapy, 2005

OR LPC License Number: C5129

OR LCAT License Number: 10205584

ATR-BC #07-244

Pronouns: she/her/hers