Claire's Professional Journey
I graduated with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University. During my graduate training, I had the pleasure of training under Dr. Courtney Olinger and we worked together in community mental health for 3 years while supporting those experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, neurodiversity, Autism, and youth in the LGBTQ. community from my experience within community mental health. We're excited to get the opportunity to work together again... I've supported youth, teens, young adults, college aged individuals, and parents and I love what I do!
I completed my undergraduate education at Santa Clara University and studied Psychology and Women's and Center Studies. During my time there, I supported research projects in both departments, led education and advocacy efforts through the student wellness center, and became involved in the on campus multicultural center. All these experiences lead me to pursue a career in mental health and align with my passion for providing person centered care.
While getting my Masters degree at SDSU, I provided behavioral support to children in their homes and began working alongside individuals at a community based clinic providing psychotherapy. Then, my training continued in community mental health, where I gained experience working with individuals, ages 5-60, and families experiencing a variety of concerns. I have since then continued my work in community mental health in a variety of roles including providing therapy, mentoring and supervising other staff, and gaining a better understanding of behavioral health care systems.
Throughout my career, I have worked to create a kind, accepting, safe, and supportive environment for individuals and families to explore their concerns, hopes, needs, skills, and strengths. I believe therapy is a collaborative learning process, a space where we process together what is helpful and not helpful in your life, and come up with possible solutions that align with your values and preferences. In addition to working in community mental health over the past 5 years, I have gained experience working from a Narrative and person-centered approach and have utilized EMDR, mindfulness, and cognitive based work in my practice.