About Claire Karakey, LPC-S

Every journey begins with the courage to start.

I believe that participating in mental wellness and growth is one of the most worthwhile investments you can make in yourself. Counseling is a place where we can celebrate successes as well as sit together during uncomfortable times. I am rooting for ALL of the revelations – even setbacks can be viewed as progress!

Outside my new role as Clinical Director, I enjoy working with both children and adults, I have advanced trainings in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, chronic pain or illness, grief and loss, and OCD and phobias. I also have extensive training in shame, trauma, and understanding negative thinking loops. I am proud to be EMDRIA certified in EMDR therapy and am now embarking on training to become an EMDR consultant!

Being a therapist and helping others has been a dream since I was 12 years old, sitting on the other side of the couch. Therapy was a gamechanger for me then – and it still is today. I feel that it is beyond essential to help people learn and accept who they are to better connect to themselves and others.

Now that I am a certified supervisor in the state of Arizona, I also love mentoring other counselors to help them flourish and develop their own unique style and specialties. I am honored to lead and support the amazing team of talented therapists we have here at Claibourne Counseling!

I am both a Sun Devil and a Wildcat!

I am a Tucson native and attended the University of Arizona. I explored my love of sports by representing the women’s tennis team and began my career as a special education teacher. As a teacher, I taught functional academics, such as life skills, sportsmanship, social skills, and more. Then I continued to Arizona State University for my Masters of Counseling to pursue my passion for helping people on a more individualized level. I am honored to supervise the therapists in my current role as Clinical Director!

At home, I enjoy music, cooking, watching movies, game nights, and spending time with my husband, Chas, and our family and friends. The dog park is my happy place – and Rosie and Hank, my golden retrievers, probably agree! I am also a cat person… Harry and Herbert are my two feline fur babies.

As a lifelong learner, I embrace the journey of discovery and improvement every day. And I’m thrilled you’re here to begin this next step with us!

Claire Karakey, LPC trauma therapist Scottsdale.

Claire Karakey, LCP-S
Clinical Director

Demographics & Modalities

Children 6+, Teens, Adults, Couples, Families (Supervising Therapist)

EMDR Therapy, ERP, Mindfulness


  • Masters Counseling
    Arizona State University
  • Bachelors Special Education
    University of Arizona
  • EMDR Certified
  • EMDR Consultant in Training
  • Exposure & Response Prevention ERP
  • Advanced Training in EMDR/Parts Work w/Dissociation & Trauma
  • Advanced Training in EMDR/ERP w/OCD & Phobias
  • Advanced Training in EMDR w/Addictive Disorders
  • Advanced Training in Complex Trauma
  • Advanced Training in Eating Disorders
  • Advanced Training in Shame, Vulnerability & Resilience
  • Licensed Clinical Supervisor
EMDR Certified Therapist in Scottsdale

Consulting With Claire & Team

Claire’s current role is Clinical Director and Supervisor to our talented team of therapists; she is not taking clients at this time. When you reach out, we’ll help match you to one of our other amazing counselors to suit your needs. Please call or text our team at (480) 485-8824 or send us an email using the form below to get started!