Catherine Lazen

Catherine Lazen (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


"I specialize in human development over the lifespan, offering support for healing, growth, learning and healthy relationships."

Client Status

accepting clients



2442 Northeast 24th Avenue

Portland, 97212

At a Glance


Rate: $150-$175

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2016

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Group
  • Child
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

I work with people of all ages but I have specialized training with children and families. I believe that people have all the strength, wisdom and creativity they need for healing, growth and learning and like seeds in fertile soil, it can activate with a nurturing space and proper care.

My Approach to Helping

My strength-based approach is informed by multiple theoretical frameworks, brain-based research, evidence-based therapies, the expressive arts, a spirit of humility and a sense of humor. I will be a patient, collaborative partner on your journey and I look forward to getting to know you!

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Examples of my commitment to social justice: In 2000, I founded an visual arts organization that, for 19 years, provided people with disabilities arts education, vocational training and professional arts mentoring. In 2005, I co-founded an arts driven urban renewal movement that transformed an economically depressed former hat factory district into a economically and culturally empowering arts destination where people of color live and thrive. From 2008-2009, I created a scholarship program for orphan girls with trauma histories. From 2018-2021, I worked in the public school system to further equity-driven initiatives designed to address poverty and racism and to close a racial academic achievement gap. Some personal interests: I love literature, anthropology and the visual arts, which is why I particularly love Expressive Arts Therapies and Sandplay therapy, which has roots in ancient indigenous practice of sand painting from around the world.

Techniques I Use


  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    This evidence-based practice is among the most effective tools in overcoming emotional challenges that impact people of all ages.

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) External link

    This approach includes transformative skills training to empower people of all ages to regulate their feelings and control their behaviors in ways that promote wellness and success in every aspect of their lives.

  • Art Therapy External link

    I provide a wide range of expressive arts therapy options (including Sandplay therapy) for people of all ages who are dealing with loss, grief, PTSD, trauma, chronic illness, relational (couples/family) conflict and more.

  • Eclectic External link

    The word "eclectic" refers to a multi-faceted approach that includes a wide range of evidence-based modalities. I have training in couples/family counseling, solution/short term therapy, play therapy, CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy and the Expressive Arts Therapies.

Issues I Treat


  • Autism External link

    I have specialized training to support children and families in the home and school setting to support children on the autism spectrum (including Aspergers). I provide counseling and social/emotional skills training to help children and adults with relationship/social challenges. l also advocate for academic supports (IEP, 504) in school settings.

  • PTSD External link

    I have training to support people who have experienced trauma and who experience symptoms of PTSD or other trauma-related challenges.

  • Anxiety External link

    I have a wide range of evidence-based approaches to help people of all ages manage or overcome symptoms of anxeity.

  • Family Conflict External link

    I have specialized training to support families in conflict.

Contact Catherine

Optional note (300 character limit). Please do not include sensitive medical information.