Claire’s practice is welcoming of all people and situates itself within a framework where gender, sexuality, race, ability and all identity markers and differences are sensitively engaged with and held in mind. She sees psychotherapy as a process that can facilitate growth, healing and greater self-awareness to enable people to live healthier, happier lives imbued with meaning and enriched with relationships.
Claire ran a successful private practice in Johannesburg before joining the Mindful Psychology Practice in Cape Town. She previously worked at the Counselling and Careers Development Unit at Wits University, where she gained valuable and intense therapy experience working with a diverse population and range of concerns. She worked her way from intern to be the main supervising psychologist. After entering into private practice, she continued to work for Wits on a sessional basis; providing counselling, training, supervision, workshops and research services for staff and students alike.
Other interesting information about Claire…
Claire’s Honours research project looked at the reconstruction of identity in the process of recovery from substance dependence. Her Master’s research focussed on intimate interracial relationships in post-apartheid South Africa and specifically how discourses around these relationships may intersect with discourses around race and racism.
Claire has a wealth of experience providing clinical supervision to post-graduate psychology students and intern psychologists. She also provides supervision for qulaified psychologists. Claire is a Registered Circle of Security Parent Training facilitator, as well as a skilled anti-bias training facilitator.
In 2014 Claire co-founded a reading and educational group for mental health professionals working in the areas of gender and sexuality. Claire and her colleagues presented on their work at the 22nd Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) Congress in Johannesburg in 2016. Their presentation was entitled Trans-cending Binaries: Experiences from a Gender Identity Group for Mental Health Professionals (co-authored with J. Bosworth and C. Blake).
Her research interests include sexuality and gender identity, (anti)racism, intersectionality, community psychology, and psychotherapy.
Working with Claire…
Claire’s psychological approach is integrative in that it draws on many theories, but is grounded in a psychodynamic paradigm. This means that she believes in the importance of the unconscious, but also acknowledges the significant impact of relationships on the psyche. She believes that it is helpful to look at all relationships in your life – both past and present, and this includes the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client, as well as the relationship clients have with themselves.
Claire works with adolescents and adults (individuals and couples) in both short and long-term psychotherapy. Claire also sees children for play therapy for adjustment and behavioural issues, bereavement and trauma.
She provides holistic therapy covering many areas of interest, but some particular foci are:
Sexuality and gender identity
Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Personal growth, identity and self-esteem issues
Loss and bereavement
Claire also provides…
Supervision of training and qualified counselling psychologists
Workshop facilitation and training for corporates, NGOs and smaller groups
Support groups/group therapy addressing various issues
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”