Mary Claire Woster, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
"I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding."
- John O'Donohue
Claire Woster is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She works with adult clients to develop an approach to healing unique to their experiences, needs, values, and belief systems. Claire is passionate about the innate resilience of all people and uses this passion to illuminate client's personal strengths. This in turn allows for the experience of empowerment and increased insight about the most direct healing path for them.
Claire views every symptom/thought/emotion/behavior/belief as having an important message. She teaches approachable mindfulness techniques which help clients develop the ability to explore difficult areas of their lives with curiosity. This compassionate self-exploration disconnects identification with negative thought processes allowing for increased self-esteem and a re-storying of the narratives associated with their experience.
Claire has specific training around working with trauma survivors and trauma response at a somatic level. She utilizes knowledge about brain/body processes to normalize trauma activation and the effect it has on relationships with self and others. She teaches clients to investigate the language of their body which aids in the development of tools to regulate emotion, promotes agency over internal experience, and increases tolerance to distress. Claire also utilizes cognitive therapy techniques that aid in increasing experience of choice around response to thought/emotion/behavior patterns.
Claire is a LGBTQAI+ competent, sex and kink positive clinician. She is drawn to working with adults who experience symptoms related to trauma/trauma response, grief, depression, shame, and anxiety as well as clients who experience personality and attachment/relationship related disorders.
Claire is a Certified Brainspotting Practitioner, an active member of the American Counseling Association, and she is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Art in Psychology in 2010. In 2017 Claire obtained a Master of Art in Professional Mental Health Counseling with certification in Ecopsychology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. During the five years between college and graduate school Claire worked in Wyoming as an advocate for victims of crime and as a shelter coordinator for women exposed to domestic violence and sexual assault.
Claire was born and raised in North Pole, Alaska. She spends most weekends backpacking, trail running, splitboarding, classic skiing, biking, and swimming.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Claire can bill most major health insurances as an Out of Network Provider. Medicaid/Medicare and Tricare are not accepted.