I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as a Certified Health Coach through the American Council for Exercise (ACE). I specialize in helping men and women break out of old patterns, including those involving diet and exercise, in order to feel more confident, energetic and happy. I emphasize the food-mood connection and am passionate about the strong proven relationship between nutrition and mental health. I am an expert at helping people overcome emotional and psychological barriers to physical health and weight goals, as well assessing techniques for evaluated a client's unique nutritional needs, and counseling them throughout the process of nutritional change. I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected, and work with you to develop and implement long-term sustainable changes.
Beyond addressing the physical-emotional health connection, I have extensive experience addressing and treating depression, anxiety, mood disorders, substance abuse, life/work stress, parenting issues, relationship issues, and domestive violence. I have expertise in assisting men and women address domestic abuse safely and effectively. I work with numerous men and women who are involved in patterns of manipulative and abuse behaviors by partners or other family members who have or are suspected to have Borderline Personality Disorder or other personality disorders, to set healthy and safe boundaries.
My back round working with diverse populations in hospitals, schools, community settings and private practice, has given me the skills and experience necessary to effectively treat individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, self-esteem issues, grief and loss, life transition, emotional wellness, and personal growth, while addressing the relationship between what they eat, the way they think, feel and interact with the world . I practice from a cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and strengths-based model. I believe that the client therapist relationship is a partnership which involves ongoing collaboration to ensure mutual understanding and effectiveness.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
NC LCSW C006236
Claire has been a great fit for therapy! She has helped me process a number of life events in my time working with her and I have seen significant personal growth.
Written on Dec 05, 2022 after therapy with Claire for 2 years and 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Claire listens intently and is so great to talk to. She is understanding and really tries to get to the root of any problem, I´m really enjoying having her as my therapist.
Written on Jun 15, 2022 after therapy with Claire for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
She has a great balance of listening and offering advice/strategies for self-awareness
Written on Mar 21, 2022 after therapy with Claire for 2 weeks
Claire is extraordinarily insightful, easy to talk to, patient, and solution oriented. Every single time I meet with Claire is beneficial and uplifting. She has helped me navigate complex relationships and feelings MUCH better than I could have on my own. She's the best therapist I've ever worked with.
Written on Feb 28, 2022 after therapy with Claire for 5 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and coping with life changes
Written on Feb 15, 2022 after therapy with Claire for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
I really enjoy talking to Claire because she listens and allows me to talk, even if it's rambling on. Sometimes I simply need someone to listen because it allows me to voice my thoughts and then organize them afterwards. Also, I like the notes and resources she sends me throughout the week because sometimes the feelings that push me to go to therapy isn't present during the actual session, but throughout the week. And those notes help remind me that I have someone there if I need.
Written on Feb 13, 2022 after therapy with Claire for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, coping with life changes, career difficulties, and eating disorders