Claire loves guiding people through their pain and suffering to the peaceful life they desire. When facing significant life transitions, such as grief and relationship conflicts, we often experience emotional distress. Life doesn’t usually stop to give us the breathing space to recover from one problem before presenting us with another. That’s where therapy can help; it can provide us the necessary pause from life’s fast pace to catch our breath and work through these problems like a sandbar does when we are treading water.
Building on client’s strengths, Claire employs Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to change negative thoughts and behaviors to free a client from barriers they feel are holding them back in life. She also incorporates Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to improve areas of mindfulness, interpersonal skills, and regulation of emotions and distress.
Claire’s areas of expertise include anxiety, eating disorders, self-injury, bipolar disorder, depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI) personality disorders, personal development, and grief. Claire also has experience in the field of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and was a member of the Northern Illinois CISM team for a number of years.
Claire earned her Master’s degree in Community Counseling at Argosy University in Schaumburg, Illinois. She has worked in a variety of settings that include an outpatient psychiatric unit specializing in self-injury, community mental health agencies and private practices with a wide range of clients. In her spare time, Claire loves reading, going to the movies, hiking, and spending time with her rescue dogs and cats.