claire palmer

You’ve taken that first big step towards doing what matters by visiting this website and you probably have many questions and considerations. Research on the effectiveness of therapy often emphasizes the importance of the relationship between the client and their therapist. This is why I consider a good fit with my clients to be so important.
Hopefully sharing these details about myself and my practice will help you decide if we could do some good work together on your therapeutic journey.
My therapeutic style is casual and some would say playful overall. I believe that humor, curiosity and creativity are some of the best antidotes to fear. That being said, we’ll often have to move through some heavy content during our journey together. When painful emotions come up I might ask you to be present in it and I promise I’ll be right there in the discomfort with you. When people begin a therapeutic journey they are often looking to change patterns that have been ingrained over a long period of time. There is no magic wand that will just zap the pain away. What I can offer you are new ways of looking at and relating to these painful thoughts and emotions. My hope is that a new perspective will free up some energy and space to allow you to move your life in a direction that matters to you. I want to help you cultivate a rich, full and meaningful life.

A native of Houston, Texas, I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas State University and minored in Philosophy and Fine Arts. I completed my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from The University of Houston – Clear Lake. My working experiences providing therapy to clients at San Marcos Treatment Center, the Houston OCD Program, the renowned Menninger Clinic and most recently Capital OCD & Anxiety Practice have helped shape the modalities I practice today. My areas of interest include helping alleviate anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and general stage of life or adjustment difficulties. In most cases I enjoy using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a framework to help guide myself and my clients, but recognize that a combination of methodologies may be most effective. I work mostly with adults and enjoy seeing kiddos, adolescents, couples and groups.
In my free time I enjoy outdoor adventures, yoga and meditation and practicing art as therapy in many different mediums including crafting, gardening and cooking.