Laura Martin

Laura Martin (she / her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Acceptance is often a precursor to change. Deep listening is inherently healing. Therapy is a gift that ultimately benefits everyone.

Client Status

accepting clients



401 NE 19th Ave

Suite 200

Portland, 97232

At a Glance


Rate: $130-$175

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 1996

Languages: English

Faith: Buddhism


  • Individual
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Approach to Helping

Mindfulness is a way to balance strategies of acceptance and change. My approach includes both. It is important to some degree to learn about the history and context of your life, but we will often return to the wisdom and power of the present moment. This might mean learning some skills that help increase moment-to-moment awareness of body sensations, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. I might encourage some mindfulness practice outside of sessions if you are interested in learning about that, but this is not required. I bring a style that is warm, active, and encouraging.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I've been a social worker since 1993, and received my Master's in Social Work in 1996. I have worked in community mental health for most of my career, gathering a depth of experience. I am trained in many mindfulness modalities, and as a practicing Zen Buddhist, maintain my own mindfulness / meditation practice. Additionally, I specialize in working with people who have problems with money (financial therapy), and feel comfortable having difficult conversations about that, either individually, or with a partner / spouse.

Techniques I Use


  • Mindfulness-based External link

    I am Certified by the UMass Medical School's Center for Mindfulness (the birthplace of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). This represents many years of training, as well as supervised practice. I am also trained to teach MBCT, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. I maintain a rigorous meditation and mindfulness practice of my own, and love to share these life-saving skills.

  • Humanistic  External link

    'The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.' ~ Humanistic Therapy pioneer, Carl Rogers I share this belief that creating the conditions of healing allow this natural process to take place. Counseling can provide these conditions to allow the emotional healing system to function.

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) External link

    I helped to start a DBT program in Columbia County, and worked for several years on this DBT team. I am very familiar with the skills, taught skills training, used diary cards, and continue to use and teach these skills individually. Some clients may benefit more from an DBT team and program rather than a DBT-informed therapist.

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