Claire Schaffer, MA, LMFTA

Make the first step towards a better you.

Locations: Burien,Greenlake

My Approach:

As a systemic therapist, I believe in the exploration of all cultural and societal messages, norms, and values that have shaped my clients into who they are today. Making the brave decision to begin therapy is often preceded by many obstacles and challenges, and it is important to me to take the necessary time to walk through clients’ stories and reflect on their experiences. I work to create a safe, trusting, and open environment where my clients and I can exchange constructive feedback. I believe that the therapy room is a space for emotional vulnerability, reflection, and growth. I work with my clients on identifying their strengths, and building their self-esteem.

Education:

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) with a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Willamette University.

Experience:

I provide therapy services to children, teens, adults, and couples. Throughout my Graduate program I worked with youth and families in a community mental health setting. I have experience in crisis stabilization, working from a Trauma-focused perspective, and working with multi-stressed families. I have also provided school-based therapy services for teens in need of support outside of their homes. I work with couples on strengthening areas such as boundaries, emotional vulnerability, emotional/physical intimacy, and communication.

My therapy room is a safe space for people of all cultural backgrounds, identities, and relationship structures. I am an ally to members of the LGBTQ+ community, and non-binary individuals. I will always work to create a space where you feel seen, heard, and understood. It is important to me that my clients always feel safe enough to engage in constructive dialogue with me, I view therapy as a collaborative process.

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