Claire Mathieson MSW LIACSW, Clinical Social Work in Seattle, Washington, 98134

Claire Mathieson MSW LIACSW

Claire Mathieson MSW LIACSW
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Claire Mathieson MSW LIACSW

Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision
Supervisor: LMHC
Primary Credential: Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical License - SC60754947
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 44829
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Seattle, Washington 98134
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  • Accessible Parking
  • Wheelchair Accessible Building
  • Wheelchair Accessible Restroom

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Fees: My counseling sessions are approximately 45-55 minutes. Longer sessions are available as clinically appropriate or as needed for crises. My standard session fee is $125. Additional 30-minute increments are $50. Initial consultation/intake fee is $175. I have some ability to adjust fees when needed to ensure services are accessible. Please ask me for more information.

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My primary counseling approach is social justice oriented and based on a relational psychodynamic model. I am influenced by other modalities including narrative theory, family systems, multicultural counseling, attachment theory, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I utilize a conversational and compassionate approach to therapy.

I am committed to strength-based, solution-focused practices by honoring the individual's resiliency and personal reserve of resources. This means I look within the client and their experiences for the answers and solutions. I practice the reflection of empathy through respect and regard for the client. I value transparency, authenticity, and compassion in this work.

We are complicated, intricate, and unique human beings. We may not have the same struggles, pain, hopes, or dreams, but we all want to have more good days than bad, be present in our relationships, and feel good in our skin. We are all worthy of love and we deserve to believe that. I have had the honor of being able to walk alongside people in their darkest times. I am humbled daily by their ability to make positive change despite fear and discomfort in unchartered territory. It may require the surrendering of finely tuned maladaptive coping mechanisms, but it is possible.

Email or Call Claire Mathieson MSW LIACSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 44829

More Info About My Practice

I graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2006 with a Bachelors in Sociology, and from the University of Washington in 2016 with a Masters in Social Work. For over a decade, I have worked in various positions as a case manager, licensor, social worker and clinician at both non-profit and Government agencies. My focus has been advocacy and empowerment of vulnerable communities such as children and teens in foster care; adults with substance use disorders; PTSD; anxiety; and trauma; refugees and immigrant communities; and support and resources for adoptive families and adoptees.

Race matters. I have a deep understanding of how systems of oppression and institutionalized racism affect a person's quality of life, and how this impacts interpersonal relationships. The harmful effects of inequity (all of the -isms) on the psyche, body, and spirit do not leave any of us unscathed. I am mindful of my own places of privilege, and lack thereof, and how that impacts my point of reference, and perspective. I encourage the exploration of identity through a cultural and racial lens, as well as how racial and social injustices are internalized.

One reason to seek therapeutic intervention is because of the emotional distress caused by difficult relationships. The relationship between the therapist and client can serve as a model for future relationships you wish to develop or change. Transformation for the client can begin to occur when there is an understanding of unhealthy relationship patterns and the acceptance of new ways of being in relation with others.

My Therapy Focus

I see color, I see race, I see privilege and I see oppression. I honor identity in the context of institutional racism, sexism, and other -isms, as one component of the healing process. I support the exploration of the past in order to identify both healthy and unhelpful coping mechanisms. Whatever has brought you here today has worked - you have survived. I challenge you now to do more than survive and truly live.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adoptees, women, people of color

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Identity Issues
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Feminist Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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