Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Claudia’s goal as a therapist is to help her clients find ways to live more fulfilling lives while strengthening their ability to withstand life's inherent challenges. She believes therapy can help clients gain insight into how their past may contribute to current struggles and thus allow them to make changes in the present that can lead to more meaningful and contented lives.
Claudia views the relationship between therapist and client as an interactive and flexible partnership that provides the safety and support a client needs to explore and address difficult issues. From her own personal experiences, she understands that personal growth can take place from life’s inherent challenges. For that reason, Claudia is grateful to the ever-evolving field of psychology as it continues to emphasize the importance of mindfulness, self-compassion and somatic/body awareness as tools to support traditional talk therapy and offset shame through curiosity.
Claudia has experienced great fulfillment helping her clients work through issues of addiction, co-dependence; depression; anxiety; shame; grief and loss; social discomfort; relationship conflict; loneliness; low self-esteem; mid-life crises; and fear of change. Claudia has a special interest in helping men and women who struggle with intimate relationship and romantic heartache struggles, including love addiction, partner betrayal, breakups, separation and divorce.
Claudia earned her Master’s Degree in Marital and Family Therapy from the Phillips Graduate Institute. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 15 years of experience working with clients in private practice, as well as residential and outpatient addiction treatment settings. She has worked at several well-respected treatment centers that gave her the opportunity to learn from clients who struggle with all forms of addictive/compulsive behaviors and the underlying issues that led them to self-medicate painful feelings. She has been honored to be a part of their healing process, witnessing how they embraced healthier and more fulfilling lives.