Claudia Ribas

(LCSW, MA)
Therapist Claudia Ribas Photo

About Me

Born in Brazil, I have lived in the United States for the past 30 years. Experiences of immigration, exile, and displacement bring on emotional and social challenges that can be overwhelming. My professional and personal knowledge of multinational identity makes me especially sensitive to issues of cultural selfhood and adjustment. People with roots in more than one society are exposed to chronic stressors at home, at work, in relationships, and in the activities of daily life. A good-enough fit between self and environment is something we continually build and rebuild, in a hard process that can be beautiful and fascinating, but also costly for our self-esteem, our peace of mind, and our clarity of purpose. Much of my career is about reaching people in their struggles with these issues, resonating with their frustration, pain, and ambivalence as we create new foundations for a life of meaning and achievement in the society we have chosen. I also work with couples and individuals as they address relationships and general life struggles including GLBT identity, parenting and adjustment.
In psychotherapy, I offer my clients a supportive form of engagement that fosters growth and insight. Together we’ll create a space where you can feel safe, valued, and understood, as we work toward healing, strength, and acceptance. I have an extensive background in treating depression, anxiety, and their roots in traumatic experiences and unmet needs. My mode of therapy is eclectic but centered in the psychodynamic approach. I see people as unique and complex individuals with their own histories, desires, strengths, and needs. The science of psychology shows that psychotherapy is, ultimately, a deeply human art of creating genuine personal connections that help people live their best lives. My confidence in this work comes from having had the privilege of seeing so many women and men come to grips with their most difficult problems, emerging wiser, happier, and more complete. I look forward to working together.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Psychodynamic Therapy

Years of Experience: 18

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Portuguese


Licensing

LCSW #075516-01 (Expires: 2024-07-31)


Reviews

Written by A.D. on Nov 19, 2021 after therapy with Claudia for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Claudia helped me work through so many issues: ones I knew I had, and ones she helped me discover. It has been a pleasure working with her. She takes the time to understand my needs and provides expert advice that engage with the theoretical and practical aspects of my mental and emotional health.

Written by B.E. on Oct 14, 2021 after therapy with Claudia for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Claudia is an amazing therapist. I'm very lucky to be paired with someone who cares deeply about helping me, and is so kind and patient. Claudia's let me take things my own pace while helping me discover, learn and build the tools I need for better mental health.

Written by M.I. on Oct 09, 2021 after therapy with Claudia for 5 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Claudia Ribas is a great therapist. Compassionate and no-nonsense. She helped me through a difficult time after my dad passed away.

Written by A.N. on Oct 01, 2021 after therapy with Claudia for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Claudia is the best counsellor I have had. She makes me feel comfortable sharing and helps me explore my feelings in a grounded and safe way. I feel like she understands what I’m going and have been through and provides exceptional support. At the end of each session, Claudia would ask how I was feeling and always left the session on a good note letting me know that I could always reach out.

Written by G.I. on Sep 28, 2021 after therapy with Claudia for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, coping with life changes, and coaching

Claudia Ribas is one of the best councillors I have ever worked with. As she says her job "is to explain me to me" and she does an excellent job at that! She has a wonderful way of simplifying really complex situations and providing practical ideas on how to deal with them. She also has a warm sense of humour and is very generous in sharing her own experiences when relevant - which makes working with her fun and real. I always feel like I'm learning which is great!

Written by Y.A. on Sep 20, 2021 after therapy with Claudia for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Claudia has saved me, she helped me navigate through difficult time in my life where there was a lot of ambiguity and change happening.
She is an exceptional listener and talking to her is really easy!
She helped me figure out more things about myself and understand myself better which helps me stay grounded on days when I feel overwhelmed.
I am truly lucky I was able to work with her ♥️

Written by S.A. on Sep 16, 2021 after therapy with Claudia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Claudia is wonderful so far!

Written by S.T. on Jul 28, 2021 after therapy with Claudia for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Claudia is amazing! I've never felt like someone was looking out for my happiness and mental health in the way Claudia has. During our sessions, she always prompted me to think about how I felt about an experience while providing objective feedback and observations. At the end of our sessions, Claudia always asked if I was feeling okay/ good and let me know that I could always reach out if I wasn't feeling the best.

Written by C.H. on Jul 20, 2021 after therapy with Claudia for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

It’s been great working with Claudia! She has a calming presence and I feel like she easily understands the issues that I’m going through and is able to help provide support. I started counselling due to anxiety associated with a big life change and I’ve really noticed that she has helped me feel much better over time

Written by J.O. on Jun 21, 2021 after therapy with Claudia for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Claudia is incredible. She managed to clarify issues for me that I wasn’t able to articulate on my own and work with me in a method tailored to my strong suits to address my weak areas

Written by I.Z. on Jun 15, 2021 after therapy with Claudia for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

Claudia is unlike any counsellor I have had before. She makes me feel comfortable sharing and helps me explore my feelings in a safe space. Even after our first appointment I felt more hopeful about the future and I always look forward to our sessions.

Written by A.N. on May 28, 2021 after therapy with Claudia for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Claudia is an excellent therapist! I knew that she was a good fit for me upon reading her detailed and very accurate bio. From Day 1, we talked about my needs and her style and it was very clear that we were a good match. Claudia is a good listener, but she always knows what and how to say things. She tells it as it is when needed and at the same time is a shoulder to lean on. Thank you Claudia!

Written by D.A. on May 20, 2021 after therapy with Claudia for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

I really like working with Claudia. She listens and she brings up helpful points. I really feel that she is totally present in our sessions. We’ve only had two sessions but she has been so professional and great so far.

Written by C.A. on May 12, 2021 after therapy with Claudia for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Claudia masterfully balances listening and questioning. She harbors a sense of safety while encouraging introspection. Thank you Claudia.

Written by S.I. on Apr 16, 2021 after therapy with Claudia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

I am so fortunate to be paired with Claudia for my session. Aside from her professional expertise and friendly personality, being Brazilian, her cultural background and knowledge is invaluable to me as my own partner is Brazilian and I’m not!

Written by S.O. on Apr 15, 2021 after therapy with Claudia for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

My therapist, Claudia is patient and listens to me. She guides me through the process and I am extremely grateful for it ☺