Claire Lewis joined Christian Counseling Associates in 2015 after graduating cum laude with her Master’s in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte. Claire is currently a registered Resident in Counseling with the Virginia Board of Counseling under the supervision of Mike Flynn, LCSW, Executive Director of Christian Counseling Associates, Inc. Prior to her graduate work, Claire earned her B.A. in Health Communication from James Madison University in Harrisonburg (Go Dukes!).
Her clinical background includes work on inpatient adult and adolescent psychiatric units and outpatient experience with undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to her formal counseling experience, Claire has been in a variety of domestic and international ministry roles for years, leading college and adult small groups through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the local church, serving as a volunteer counselor at a pregnancy center, working with inner-city children in the Richmond area, and ministering among immigrants and refugees in Europe. As a result, Claire has a special knack for working with individuals, couples, and families from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
With training in theology in addition to the best of evidence-based counseling practice, Claire strives to help clients integrate their faith with the healing process and derives great joy from partnering with clients in their journey towards the wholeness God intended for them. In addition, Claire is passionate about facilitating process groups for a variety of issues in order to help clients realize the restorative power of community. Her preferred therapeutic approach derives from interpersonal and narrative theory and includes cognitive behavioral and solution-focused techniques. Special interests include grief and loss, depression, anxiety, adjustment, trauma/abuse, eating disorders, and cross-cultural issues. With a background in Human Resources and recruiting, Claire also offers a specialty in career counseling for young adults and those looking for a mid-life career change.
As a member of multiple professional associations, including the American Counseling Association (ACA), Virginia Counselor’s Association (VCA), and American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), Claire is committed to staying abreast of the most current techniques and evidence-based practices.