De La Salle North Catholic High School

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Counseling Services

Rory Patrick, Counselor, 10th/12th grades, ext. 114

Pam Wood, Counselor, 9th/11th grades,, x103

Vanessa Sanchez-Mexicano , MSW intern from PSU School of Social Work,


The Counseling Department at De La Salle North Catholic is committed to providing support for all students and their families as they work to meet the demands of high school and navigate challenges 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 cybersafety, suicide prevention, dating violence, healthy relationships, substance abuse prevention, child sexual abuse prevention, mindfulness, and college and career readiness. We also help connect 9th and 10th graders to summer enrichment opportunities in order to allow students to explore their interests and build leadership potential.

We 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.

School Climate
The Counseling Department collaborates with students, faculty, and administration 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. We also actively support school-wide endeavors such as our DLSNC Advisory Program and the student-led Agape Day, which strive to increase a sense of inclusive community for our students and increase our school community's understanding of equity and social justice issues.

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

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

Counseling/Outpatient Services

Youth Resource App to find Mental Health Services



Alcohol, Marijuana and Other Drugs