Clare McCarthy, MS, LCPC, ATR, is a practicing art therapist and counselor who is experienced providing wellness-oriented therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She utilizes a warm, human-centered approach to assist clients in understanding and alleviating symptoms of anxiety, grief, phobias, depression, eating disorders, and traumatic experiences. She also works with clients to better manage relationship issues, adapt to challenging life transitions, and develop a more individualized and positive sense of self. She draws upon her background in architecture, dance, music, and visual arts to empower each client’s unique creative identity, and facilitate a broadening of self-awareness and resiliency.
Clare believes that each individual is able to gain personal insight and enhance interpersonal consciousness by actively engaging with the creative process. She uses art making, sensory-focused modalities, dialectical behavioral therapy techniques, and mindfulness training to help clients integrate various aspects of their experiences, explore and regulate feelings, examine emotional conflicts, and find adaptive solutions to the challenges they face. Clare is trained in EMDR therapy—a method of psychotherapy that incorporates psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and body-centered therapies to facilitate adaptive processing of negative events to healthy resolutions. She finds that this method of therapy is an excellent adjunct to creative therapies, as it uses imagery and physical sensations to target specific negative memories, and can rapidly relieve strongly held negative beliefs about the self to move clients into a fuller appreciation of their strengths and potential.
Clare received her Master’s degree in art therapy with a concentration in counseling from Mount Mary University, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting from Northern Michigan University. In addition to her work in private practice, she has worked as an art therapist with children and adolescents in the hospital setting, and as an integrative therapist with adolescent and adult women in residential treatment and partial hospitalization programs. She has a special interest in the personal and professional development of young women transitioning into independent adulthood.