Claire Barnes completed her Master’s degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto and is currently in the final stages of her PhD at the same university. Her research focuses on the intersections of trauma and cultural diversity, and her doctoral dissertation explores how therapists take into account cultural diversity in their treatment of trauma.
Claire primarily uses a Cognitive Behavioural approach and appreciates its flexibility in treating a wide range of concerns, practical approach to client change, and solid grounding in empirical research. She also draws upon Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy and mindfulness-based therapies when appropriate. She takes an empathetic and collaborative approach to therapy and views clients as active agents in their recovery.
Claire is also committed to providing culturally sensitive therapy, and believes that each client and therapist enters the room with a unique social identity and cultural perspective. She strives to create a therapeutic space where clients feel comfortable bringing up issues of identity, inequality, and difference.
Claire has previously trained at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health, Markham-Stouffville Hospital and the OISE Psychology Clinic, where she treated a wide range of clinical presentations and diagnoses including trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, emotion regulation difficulties, and psychotic disorders. She has a particular interest in treating trauma and the impact of trauma on people’s daily lives. She also has experience providing group therapy, and has extensive training in diagnostic and psychoeducational assessment.