Claibourne Counseling

Claibourne Counseling


I'm very proud to be a part of this team from the ground up! To go from a single therapist launching a new company in 2020 to a thriving group practice now voted the best mental health facility in Phoenix for 2022 - just wow. Claibourne Counseling - you absolutely deserve this award - congrats!!!!!
The power of referrals and networking! Yesterday Julie Clark from SW Window Fashions tagged us on 2 and we received calls for both! And today Julie, @Ken Brown with Eco-Logic Management, Inc., A Pest Service CompanyInc., and Chas Karakey Claibourne Counseling👏…honestly… there are so many reasons why the BNI Connectors Group (if you don’t know what that is, call Jacque) are the most amazing chapter in AZ, but this is truly priceless. I am humbled and so grateful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! We do business with each other, so yah, we know each other’s business!
This week we are looking for people who have been paying $180 an hour or more to see a talk therapist. Meeting with our skills trainers can be almost half the price of traditional therapy. We are so happy for our referral partners Claibourne Counseling and @foundationforchangeAZ for sending us those people who need an affordable option. Keep mental health accessible for all!

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Thank you Inês Piquet for taking such great care of Claibourne Counseling! We do appreciate you and the first class service you offer! Proud to be in business with my wife, Claire Cox Karakey
We are so fortunate to have Chas Karakey & Claire Cox Karakey with Claibourne Counseling as our clients. Not only are they the amazing owner operators at the best mental health service in Arizona, they know how to show their appreciation to their referral partners, clients, and friends using our baked goods. We cannot say enough about them! Thank you Mr. & Mrs Karakey for your support and flattering testimonial 🤗🥰

Claibourne Counseling offers mental health counseling services, specializing in PTSD/trauma, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and more. We work with people of all ages including children, families, couples, and adults.

We are currently accepting new clients and are offering counseling services both in person and via telehealth. Claibourne Counseling staff are taking extra measures to ensure a safe and clean environment, especially during this time.

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You may have heard of dissociation, but do you know what it is?

Dissociation is a defense mechanism in which conflicting impulses are kept apart or threatening ideas and feelings are separated from the rest of the psyche. Traumatic experiences like grief or physical/emotional loss can cause symptoms of dissociation to appear.

Whether we realize it or not, we all use as a coping or defense mechanism. It helps us get through our day-to-day lives, ensuring that our basic needs are being met such as belonging, being loved, feeling safe, and being in control of our environments around us.

At times, it can also block us from being present in our daily lives, even though the intentions are pure and from a safety perspective, our brains cannot tell the difference between “then” and “now”. Oftentimes, we are reacting in our day-to-day encounters from a place that kept us safe in the past but might no longer be needed.

The reality is, in your adult life, you may actually be safer today learning to notice, reconnect, and reintegrate the dissociated parts. Perhaps you are safe now and don’t need this coping mechanism to protect you anymore!

Modalities like can help you piece these parts back together to move forward as a whole. Our office specializes in trauma-focused therapy and we are passionate about helping others live their best lives.

It's time to reconnect. Read more about your brain's powerful defense mechanism here:


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Today, we remember and honor those we lost, those who boarded their plane, those who innocently went to work that day, and the brave souls who risked it all in an effort to help. We also honor the courage of those families and people who grieve for these lives lost, and whose existence is forever changed from that one terrible day on September 11, 2001.

Today, we remember.

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𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝗟𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗿 𝗗𝗮𝘆!! 💚 🌞 🌵

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"As long as we're breathing, it's not too late to change your story." - Sheri Salata

Photos from Claibourne Counseling's post 08/25/2022

You've probably heard about OCD but do you know exactly what it is?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by a pattern of intrusive thoughts and fears (obsessions)
These thoughts lead you to engage in repetitive behaviors interrupting your daily lifestyle

There are four main categories of OCD: Checking, Contamination, Symmetry & Ordering, and Rumination & Intrusive Thoughts. A person with OCD is usually aware of the thoughts and actions don’t make sense, yet they are still compelled by them – they are uncontrollable. OCD tends to cause a feeling of embarrassment and challenges performing day-to-day activities.

If you or someone you know is struggling with OCD or OCD-like symptoms, we are here to help! Feel free to give us a call or submit an inquiry form on our website, we are happy to help you tackle this disorder together.

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Do you understand the difference between empathy and sympathy? Neither one is better than the other and they often work together, however it's important to distinguish each emotion. Let's break it down.

With sympathy, the relationship between your feelings and another’s isn’t equal. You might feel sorrow for someone, but you don’t personally understand their feelings or haven’t had the same experience. However, with empathy, the relationship is equal. You understand another’s feelings as if they were yours. Usually, this means we’ve experienced the same feelings or situation before.

Look at the difference between these phrases -

Empathetic phrases:
"I’ve felt that way before."
"I know exactly what you mean."
"I totally get you."

Sympathetic phrases:
"I’m so sorry."
"I’m sorry for your loss."
"I can’t imagine what you must be going through."

As Dr. Brené Brown teaches, true empathy is being able to take someone’s perspective, remove judgment, and meet them where they are. It is like crawling into a dark hole with them and holding space for their experience. True empathy never starts with “at least.” Finding ways to understand the pain of others is important. Drawing on your own experiences makes those feelings even more powerful.

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🌟We are so excited to welcome Dr. Stephanie Nilsen (it's pronounced like Wilson with a N)! to our team as an MS level intern! She's bringing her passion for helping kids to our practice as well as her love of learning.

After working and studying in both Utah and Arizona, she is grateful to be back in the valley of the sun near family and lifelong friends to continue her career as a mental health provider.

She loves collecting degrees! 📜
In her career, she started in Early Childhood Education teaching in Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary grades, particularly in early intervention and special education realms. She earned a Masters in K-12 Special Education; a Doctorate in Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis in Mental Health and Developmental Disorders and returned for a second Master’s in Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in trauma.

We are grateful to bring her expertise to our clients. Join us in welcoming Dr. Nilsen! ✨

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This week, many kids returned back to school, ushering in many new experiences and routines. This transition can trigger some anxiety and stress about the new school year. A little mindfulness can go a long way to keeping the peace in your household so we wanted to share a quick breathing exercise that anybody can do!

Best part? It only takes one minute and you can do it anywhere you'd like. Whether for kids or adults, meditation is a practice that can bring great joy and comfort to your life. Enjoy!

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Did you hear? Now, critical assistance is only three digits away!

988 Su***de & Crisis Lifeline is available for Americans in crisis to call or text for support from trained crisis counselors. This is a much-needed step in the right direction to and get people closer to the resources that they need!

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Are you discounting your trauma?

When people think of the word "trauma", they immediately think of the most extreme examples of trauma; events like war, combat, natural disasters, physical or sexual abuse, terrorism, and catastrophic accidents. These are the large "T" trauma events. However, a person does not have to experience an overly distressing event for it to affect them. Today we are going to talk about the smaller, less pronounced events that are still traumatic or often referred to as small "t" events. Some examples include:

Interpersonal conflict
Infidelity or betrayal
Divorce or breakups
Abrupt or extended relocation
Legal trouble
Financial worries or difficulty

How a situation impacts a person is largely dependent on many factors, such as the individual’s past experiences, beliefs, perceptions, expectations, level of distress tolerance, values, and morals. One of the most overlooked aspects of small "t" traumas is their accumulated effect. While one small trauma may not lead to significant distress, multiple compounded small traumas, particularly in a short span of time, are more likely to lead to an increase in distress and trouble with emotional functioning.

There is hope! Trauma-focused therapy like EMDR are effective (and research-based) treatments that can reduce, if not eliminate trauma symptoms. At Claibourne, all of our therapists have been trained and/or certified in EMDR and can help our clients heal those traumas to find relief from their symptoms including anxiety and depression. Remember, you are not alone and we are here to help!

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We hear this quote often, but have you ever thought about what it actually means?

To us, "you are enough" does not mean that you never need help. When you know you are enough, it’s easier to ask for help because you know that your imperfections and your difficulties don’t reflect on your worth, because you are already enough, just as you are. We celebrate you and your mental health journey, no matter where you are.

Claibourne Counseling updated their business hours. 07/11/2022

Claibourne Counseling updated their business hours.

Claibourne Counseling updated their business hours.

Photos from Claibourne Counseling's post 07/08/2022

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR is a highly effective, evidence-based therapy, endorsed by mental health organizations around the world, including the American Psychiatric Association and World Health Organization. Sometimes, we forget the details because the trauma happened when we were too young to fully process, or we distort the memory because it was too traumatic. EMDR therapy helps to re-color and fill in those spots with positive, true thoughts and ideas.
This modality has proven effective for single trauma events (something like – you’re afraid to get in the ocean because you were stung by a jellyfish), as well as multiple trauma events (you have PTSD because you spent a year deployed overseas).

One of the things that makes Claibourne unique is that we focus on healing trauma which is why all our clinicians are trained in EMDR. It is such a privilege to help unburden our clients from lifelong trauma so they can live a happier and healthier life.
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We're wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend this Independence Day.

Remember to practice your self-care this weekend by not overcommitting yourself to too many plans, allowing yourself to take a break when you need it, and surrounding yourself with loved ones that make you feel good! Happy 4th of July!

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🚨 🚨 THIS JUST IN!🚨 🚨

Claibourne Counseling was named as Phoenix's Best of the Valley 2022 for Mental Health Services by PHOENIX magazine! 🙌 🥳 🎉

We are honored to accept this award and our entire team is grateful for all of our amazing supporters. It’s truly our privilege to get to serve our great community and normalize mental health! Thank you, thank you, thank you!😍 😘

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10613 N Hayden Rd Suite J-103
Scottsdale, AZ

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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