Clare Mcbee

Over the course of my career as a clinical social worker, I have increasingly focused my work on providing LGBTQI-affirming psychotherapy to individuals who have experienced trauma, in its many interpersonal and systemic forms. As a white cis queer therapist, I continue to educate myself on the privileges and power dynamics inherent in my own social position in relation to my clients, and openly work from an anti-oppression framework.

My work with each client is integrative and dynamic. My “home base” is in contemporary feminist psychodynamic therapy (e.g. “top-down” talk therapy), but I am trained in/frequently utilize more “bottom-up” interventions from EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to tailor my approach to a client’s presenting needs. I have completed training with MAPS in MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy, with an intention to become certified to offer MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of PTSD/trauma once it is cleared by the FDA and legalized as a medicine (expected around 2023). In the meantime, I welcome to my practice individuals who are seeking therapeutic support in integrating their personal psychedelic healing work.

I’m a firm believer that a person will not feel safe exploring difficult areas in therapy if they don’t feel comfortable with and understand the human sitting across from them. Therefore, I want you to see my personality and sense of humor as we collaborate, so that we can build a strong working relationship built on trust and mutual understanding. I am an active therapist! I don’t like sitting back and asking “how does that make you feel?” I like to offer interpretations, suggestions and questions with your input to assist us both in reaching a deeper understanding. Most of all, I am open to your feedback about whether things are working for you.

I obtained my Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago, and hold a previous Masters in Anthropology and Women’s & Gender Studies from Brandeis University. My practice experience has mainly been in community­-based mental health, with a special focus on the health and human rights of historically marginalized communities.

My specialty areas include:

  • LGBTQI experiences, with a special focus on providing affirming counseling to trans, non-binary and gender nonconforming individuals
  • Trauma (interpersonal, developmental/attachment, systemic/oppression)
  • Individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic medical conditions
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Recovery from substance use and other addictions (I utilize a Harm Reduction model of treatment)
  • Exploring relational dynamics and concerns (e.g. family, friendships, intimate partners, dating, divorce or separation)
availability At this time, my practice is unfortunately full. Please email me if you are interested in being placed on my wait list.