My name is Clara and my pronouns are she/her/hers. As a very young child I identified that I wanted to be a psychiatrist, and what I meant by that was that I wanted to be a therapist. I have deep compassion for my clients and it means a great deal to me when they honour me with their stories. I like to spend the first session exploring what brought them to my office, in order to see how I feel I can best help them; after this I share my ideas so that we may form a treatment plan together. I provide education on the therapies I practice, so my clients can understand how they help and what our work together will look like.
My choice to become a Social Worker has shaped my approach, helping me to be very client-centred, to grasp the significant effects of oppression and marginalization, and to appreciate complex systems within families, for instance. My work in community mental health has also given me a strong background in assessing and treating mental illness, mental health challenges, and addiction. However, I do not make diagnoses or prescribe medication.
I have experience carrying out mental health assessments and writing supportive letters and unbiased reports; I am also trained as a group therapist and am skilled at creating and delivering presentations and workshops.
I am registered with ICBC, the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), and the Crime Victim's Assistance Program (CVAP).