Claire Whigham

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I hold my Master of Science in Social work from Columbia University, with a clinical concentration in health, mental health, and disabilities. My previous work experience includes working as a family and couple’s therapist within an adult residential treatment facility, psychiatric crisis intervention, patient care within an inpatient psychiatry unit, and counseling services for students in Multnomah County schools.

Both as a therapist and human being, I’m guided by my belief in the eternal worth and inherent wisdom of each person. Each individual is the expert of their own experience, and, within each of us, lies an immense power for self-healing. My therapeutic style can be described as warm, collaborative, and experiential, and I offer a non-judgmental space for clients to embark on this exploratory journey. I view my role in this process as a facilitator, working alongside individuals as they reflect upon their experiences, broaden their awareness, and investigate ongoing behavioral patterns. Together, we may begin to freely explore prevailing paradigms and construct a more personalized path forward.

My primary areas of clinical focus include attachment wounding, complex trauma, polyamory and consensual nonmonogamy, grief and loss, sex therapy, protective behaviors/codependency, conscious uncoupling, relationship and life transitions, and spiritual transformations. In session, I frequently draw upon mindfulness-based interventions, somatic experiencing, emotionally focused therapy, family systems theory, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, The Gottman Method, embodiment, and attachment theory. I am a registered Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate and continue to work towards my AASECT Sex Therapist Certification.