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Counseling Services

The Counseling office at De La Salle North Catholic is committed to assisting all students and their families in meeting the demands of high school and in dealing with problems that may arise in school, at home, or in the community. Counselors work with students individually, in the classroom, and in small groups to improve academic performance, explore their abilities and interests, increase motivation, formulate realistic goals and maintain satisfactory personal and social lives.  Counselors also educate students on psychosocial issues such as college and career readiness, mindfulness, cybersafety, suicide prevention, dating violence, healthy relationships, substance abuse prevention, and child sexual abuse prevention. We also help connect 9th and 10th graders to volunteer and paid summer enrichment opportunities in order to allow students to explore their interests and build leadership potential.  

Brenda Cruz Jaimes, Counselor, 9th/11th grades, ext. 114

Pam Wood, Counselor, 10th/12th grades,, x103


School Climate
The Counseling Department works to build a positive and safe environment for all DLSNC students.  We coordinate a Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention Day for sophomores, as well as annually host Taproot Theater, a professional theatrical company that performs a drama addressing cyber safety concerns.  

Resources for Families
The Counseling Department is available to help parents and guardians find resources that can support our students and their families.  Feel free to call us to help identify low-cost medical and mental health/counseling resources. We collaborate with Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation to provide free glasses and hearing aids to qualifying students.  

Please see the following links for more counseling resources for parents and students:


School-Based Health Clinics

Health & Social Service Referral Source (211)

Resources Galore (last updated 2011)

OHP Low-cost or Sliding Fee Mental Health Service Organizations


Alcohol, Marijuana and Other Drugs

Community Partnerships
De La Salle believes that our community is stronger when we pursue our mission “Together and by Association”.  We recognize the importance of community partnerships, and welcome opportunities to collaborate with other schools, social service agencies, businesses and advocacy groups.  

In addition to our Corporate Work Study business partners, we also partner with:

Portland State University’s Masters in Social Work program to provide MSW internship opportunities in our counseling department.  Counseling interns are provided with clinical supervision, and culturally rich learning opportunities.  DLSNC students receive additional counseling support and enrichment opportunities.

The CENTER , a coalition-led hub for child  and youth creativity, education, and engagement  in North Portland. As a coalition partnership with Catlin Gabel, Urban League, Black United Front, Kyros, and I Urban Teens, we are able to provide corporate work study placement in the area of community youth leadership, as well as a range of youth events and learning opportunities offered by our community partners.   

Girls Inc.  provides mentorship, group learning opportunities, and a “sisterhood of support” to DLSNC girls as they set goals, overcome obstacles and strengthen their academic performance.  


Substance Abuse Survey link: