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Claire Cooper, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Do you ever feel that change is impossible? Do you desire a transformation in your romantic or familial relationships but find yourself stuck? Often, we become trapped in patterns of behavior because obstacles hinder our path to change, keeping us in a state of stagnation. When we feel powerless to instigate change, it often leads to an increase in feelings of anxiety and depression. In this state, we are more likely to succumb to our own negative thoughts about ourselves. One focus of our work can be to identify the obstacles that keep you or your relationships stuck in these patterns. Through individual, couple, or family therapy, I will support you in gaining a new understanding of yourself and your relationships. Together, we will create an individualized treatment plan that will guide our work towards achieving your, your significant other's, or your family’s goals.

My therapeutic approach is rooted in attachment and family systems theories. Understanding that there is no “one size fits all” approach to therapy, I will also incorporate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) when needed.

Background 

Smith College School for Social Work is nationally recognized for its specialization in clinical social work, and it is where I earned my master’s degree in social work. During my graduate studies, I trained at Jewish Family and Career Services Atlanta in their Shalom Bayit intimate partner violence program. Throughout my practicum, I provided outpatient psychotherapy to survivors of intimate partner violence from diverse backgrounds. Engaging in this work, I discovered a profound interest in working with individuals whose relationships, both with themselves and others, significantly impact their mental health.

 

After my time at Jewish Family Services, I continued my training in psychotherapy at The Menninger Clinic, where I worked on the Young Adult Inpatient Unit with individuals aged 18–30 and their families. It was during this internship that my passion for family work ignited. Following the successful completion of my master’s training, I undertook a fellowship in the Adult Inpatient Unit at The Menninger Clinic and was subsequently hired as a Staff Clinician. During my tenure at Menninger, I specialized in individual, couple, group, and family psychotherapy. The clinic provided me with the opportunity to work with families and individuals grappling with complex psychiatric disorders, grief, dysfunctional family systems, conflict, the challenges of launching into adulthood, and trauma.

 

Sometimes the path of life can be difficult. I am looking forward to guiding and walking with you. If you are interested in working together, I offer a free fifteen-minute consultation to collaboratively assess if we are a good fit.

 

Trainings

Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality, 2023

Emotional Focused Family Therapy, 2022

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, 2021

A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Couples Psychotherapy, 2020

 

Specialties: 

Couples Therapy

Family Therapy

Personality Disorders 

Teens and young adults 

 

Rates: $200 for 50-minute individual session.

$220 for for a 50-minute couples/family therapy session.

The above rate is the full fee this therapist charges for a standard 50 minute session. However, we do not want cost to be prohibitive of people getting the help they need. All of our therapists provide a portion of their services for a reduced fee to help those who can benefit from psychotherapy but might not be able to afford their full fee. 

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