Hi! I’m Claire, a Licensed Professional Counselor serving children, families and adults in and around Bend, Oregon. I became a therapist because I love creating a space where clients can connect with their innate wisdom to bring clarity to difficult situations. With mutual respect, curiosity and non-judgment, I invite people of all ages to discover their unique strengths and build the resiliency necessary to navigate our complicated world. I believe it is within this relationship that we can allow our Best Selves to shine and be seen.
My own journey in healing relationships began when I was 14-years-old, after my dad’s death left me feeling lost and numb. I was welcomed into a grief support community of teenage peers and adult facilitators who accepted my unique process as “just right for me” and did not try to change it or “fix” my pain. It was profound for me to feel such a deep trust with others, who did not shy away from my tears. They empowered me to speak my truth and encouraged me to trust myself above all.
I’ve now had the privilege of returning the gift of unconditional presence to other recently bereaved children, adults and Spanish-speaking families by facilitating grief support groups for over 10 years; I have also worked as a mental health counselor in clinical and school-based settings with at-risk youth and families since 2013.
I completed my Master of Science in Marital, Couple and Family Therapy at Portland State University and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Oregon (#C4761). My approach to counseling is strengths-based and collaborative. I offer English and Spanish-language counseling, and specialize in children & families, trauma & attachment issues, grief & loss, depression, anxiety and life transitions. I spent time prior to becoming a counselor working for non-profits and teaching English in Latin America, Europe and Asia, and worked as a teacher in early childhood education settings.
When not working, I enjoy camping and exploring the outdoors with my husband & daughter, sharing meals and music with friends, and creating artwork.