About Claire Karakey, LPC-S

Counseling’s biggest cheerleader!

You must know this about me… I genuinely care about the people with whom I’m working. During my time with clients, they know they are the focus and have my undivided attention. I am there to 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 specialize in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, chronic pain or illness, grief and loss, and navigating life transitions. I have extensive training in shame and trauma and understand the negative thinking loops they send us on. 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, hosting BBQs, 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. And the Bath and Body Works annual sale is a frickin’ holiday for me – I’m obsessed with candles. 😉

I’m human, just like you. I continue to learn daily and work hard to embrace it all – and I’m so happy you’re here to begin the next step in your life!

Claire Karakey, LCP-S

Claire Karakey, LCP-S
Clinical Director

Demographics & Modalities

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

EMDR, CBT, DBT, Parts Works, Mindfulness, Progressive Approach

Education, TRAINING & CERTS

  • Masters Counseling
    Arizona State University
  • Bachelors Special Education
    University of Arizona
  • EMDR Certified
  • EMDR Consultant in Training
  • Advanced Training in Complex Trauma, Trauma, Dissociation, Eating Disorders, & Shame/Vulnerability/Resilience
  • Licensed Clinical Supervisor
    License #LPC-17861

Consulting With Claire & Team

Claire’s current role is Clinical Director and Supervisor to our talented team of therapists, so she is not taking clients at this time. When you reach out, we will 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!