M.A, RCC, CEAP, FEA
Claire hails from Montreal, Quebec and speaks English, as well as French as a second language. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Sociology from Concordia University. While working in Business and Marketing, she pursued MBA studies at McGill University in addition to business courses at the University of Calgary. After working eight years in business and marketing, she returned to school full time and received her Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia before graduating in 1992.
Due to her experience and interest in the business world, Claire entered the field of Employee Assistance Programs. She honed her skills over the years in EAP while initially working for Family Services of Greater Vancouver’s EFAP; she was National Director for Interlock Employee & Family Assistance Services; on behalf of Family Services of Toronto’s EFAP, she was acting director for Canada Post’s EFAP BC division; and she was an EAP Consultant to BC Hydro. Her private consulting work continues to include consultation to EAP provider companies, and employer organizations. She also conducts case consultations with counsellors of the various EAP networks.
Claire is one of a small percentage of Canadian Mental Health Professionals who has earned the Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) designation. CEAP is the only professional designation indicating mastery of the Employee Assistance Program body of knowledge. This body of knowledge includes an in-depth understanding of human behaviour in the workplace.Over the years, Claire has presented at conferences in both Canada and the United States.
She has volunteered her time within her profession by holding the following roles: President of the Western Canada EAPA Branch (2004 – 2014); an advisor to the members of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors; and member of the advisory board for the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Vancouver Campus.
In 2018, Claire received her FEA (Family Enterprise Advisor) designation through the Family Enterprise XChange (now Family Enterprise Canada) in partnership with UBC’s Sauder School of Business. This FEA skill set allows Claire to work collaboratively with other FEAs of varied disciplines in helping business families address a range of issues.
Today, Claire’s vision of success is helping her fellow professionals succeed. Over the last few years, a significant portion of Claire’s practice has been devoted to helping counsellors and therapists launch or shift focus in their careers. Claire has developed up-to-date online training courses as well as individual coaching sessions for mental health professionals.
Claire is also developing online courses for the general public.