Clair Miller | LPC
There is hope and healing; even when it might not feel like it.
Maybe your anxiety is becoming too difficult to manage, or your relationships aren’t working. You might feel lost or stuck, or like you can’t move beyond that one thing from your past that keeps bubbling up. Whatever you’re struggling with at this moment (and we all have something!) I’m glad you’ve found your way here.
The unfortunate reality is that life is hard. Nobody makes it through unscathed, and when you have experienced trauma the potential for healing can feel impossible. Even though trauma is pretty widely experienced, it can feel incredibly isolating. The effects of trauma are real, complex, and often intense. If you’re facing them by yourself it can be easy to get stuck with no clear path forward.
I’ve specialized my counseling training and experience in supporting healing for those who’ve experienced trauma and may have symptom manifestations as PTSD. Much of my work has additionally narrowed in on supporting individuals who have been through interpersonal trauma, like abuse or a sexual assault. Looking for a therapist is a challenge for most people, but when you have a history of interpersonal trauma it can be significantly tougher. Choosing to reach out to someone is a scary and brave choice, and working from a trauma-informed approach I am both committed to honoring that and partnering with you in a way that feels safe and intentional.
Research shows that trauma and overwhelm gets stored in our bodies. You may not even be consciously aware of all the impact experiences have on you, but you know you have a strong bodily and emotional response in the moment. Because trauma is stored in the brain and body, it is vital to integrate brain research and expressive modalities into our plan for you. Specifically I utilize Prolonged Exposure (PE), EMDR, and other treatment approaches in order to process trauma and PTSD on all levels.
Adolescents & Teens
I am also passionate about adolescents and teens getting the resources they need. That’s why I work closely with parents and children; just being a kid or a teen in today’s world can be scary. Navigating family life, school responsibilities, extra-curricular activities, social relationships, personal growth and development… that’s a lot of work by anyone’s standards! As children live out their formative years, they may encounter something that feels too difficult. Kids may not know what it is, or they may not be able to name it, but there are often deeper issues hidden behind behaviors.
From a primarily person-centered and psychodynamic approach, you and I will work together to reach a place of healing. Within the context of a safe, consistent, and trusting relationship, we will explore your challenges, your values, and your goals as you take steps towards wellness. I have experience working with children, teens, and adults dealing with everything from anxiety and relationship issues to trauma and sexual abuse. No matter what you’re carrying, it would be a privilege to walk with you towards healing, tailoring the counseling process to best fit your needs.
Therapeutic Orientation & Techniques
Trauma Treatment: EMDR
Trauma Treatment: Prolonged Exposure
Strengths Based Approach
Clair’s Areas of Specialty & Background
Trauma Recovery & Abuse
Sexual Abuse Recovery
Tough Life Transitions
Anxiety & Depression
New or Mature Relationships
Children & Play Therapy
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, IL
BS Psychology, BS Sociology, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Articles by Clair
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