Claire's clinical background includes work on inpatient adult and adolescent psychiatric units and outpatient counseling experience with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. While Claire works with individuals, couples, and families of all ages, children and adolescents are particularly drawn to her energy and youthful nature. Parents often enjoy partnering with Claire because of her ability to bridge the disconnect families may feel as children adjust to changes in their environment and other developmental transitions inherent to childhood and adolescence.
Claire earned her M.A. in counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte) and her B.A. in Health Communication from James Madison University (go Dukes!). She is a Resident in Counseling registered with the Virginia Board of Counseling and practices under the supervision of Deb McPhee, LPC.
Her therapeutic approach derives from interpersonal and narrative theory and includes cognitive behavioral, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused techniques. Attention is given to a client's historical and immediate context, including past and current significant relationships. Special interests include grief and loss, depression, anxiety (including OCD), adjustment, attachment issues, eating disorders, and cross-cultural issues.
With a background in corporate recruiting, Claire also offers a specialty in career counseling for young adults and those looking for a mid-life career change. For clients interested in integrating their faith in the counseling process, Claire draws on her theological training in addition to the best of evidence-based counseling practice, believing that God is intensely interested in helping us through struggle and helping us 'struggle well' along the way.
Claire is deeply committed to the welfare of her clients and has been said to treat her clients as if each is her only client. She places a high priority on understanding and treating her clients from a holistic perspective, attending to all facets of a client's identity (mental, emotional, spiritual, relational, physical). Whenever possible, Claire looks for ways to provide collaborative care, partnering with other professionals when applicable so to help clients benefit from all resources available to them.
Claire is a native of Virginia and loves spending time with family and friends, especially when it involves being outside. You can learn more about her practice and follow her blog at Clairelewiscounseling.com. As a member of multiple professional associations, including the American Counseling Association (ACA), Virginia Counselor’s Association (VCA), and American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), Claire is committed to staying abreast of the most current research in the field.
Claire Lewis ReachesRichmond VA