Mrs. Lauren E Cleary, LPC, ATR-C, ATR-BC, AThR

Preferred Name: Lauren

About Me

As an integrative therapist, I draw on a broad range of therapeutic modalities including interpersonal neurobiology, somatic and attachment, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, trauma-informed, and existential theories. I am also trained in Somatic and Attached Focused EMDR (SAFE EMDR). Utilizing my diverse “tool bag” of trainings and techniques, my intention is to meet your unique needs and goals. I strive to collaborate with you to increase awareness on stressors and strengths while viewing challenges and concerns as opportunities for discovering meaning. At the same time, we will look to see how your situation may be reflected in the general human condition to discover possible ways for adopting new perspectives and enhancing healthy 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, positive coping skills, and self-acceptance. The internalized, verbally inaccessible experience can be bridged with an external place for expression and growth by the interventions unique to my training. Through a combination of strong clinical knowledge, use of evidence-based practices, applicable neuroscience principles, creativity, and a splash of humor, I aim to help individuals understand, communicate, and integrate their experiences and ideas. With an unwavering commitment to social justice advocacy and anti-racism, I am LGBTQiA+, kink, and poly friendly and strive 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.

Education & Experience

I earned a Master’s degree in Art Therapy from The George Washington University in 2005. I completed training in Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR through the Personal Transformation Institute in March of 2022, and am working towards certification as an EMDR Therapist. Major coursework has included human growth and development, social and cultural diversity, ethics, and art psychotherapy and trauma. I have additional post graduate training in somatic & mindfulness-based trauma treatment, grief and bereavement, crisis intervention, and assessment and diagnosis. I regularly engage in professional development and required continuing education.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

I am a Full Member of EMDRIA, a Professional member of the Creative Arts Therapies in Australia, New Zealand, & Asia-Pacific (ANZACATA), a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists (OBLPCT), a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with the Oregon Health Licensing Office (HLO), a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) with the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), and a Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider. I abide by the OBLPCT’s Code of Ethics, the Oregon HLO’s Laws and Rules, and the ATCB’s Codes of Ethics, as well as the American Counseling Association’s (ACA), the American Art Therapy Association’s (AATA), and ANZACATA's Codes of Ethics. I regularly participate in supervision and consultation groups and although I do not share identifying information about clients, I do consult with colleagues to ensure I’m providing clients with the highest-level of ethical service.

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Expats
  • First Responders
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Underserved


  • English


  • Sliding Scale

Oregon Health Plan