Claire & Chas Karakey - Our Story

Our Story

How it began…

To Claire, there is no greater privilege than helping people navigate complex webs and getting to see them overcome the remarkable things that have kept them stuck. After five years of practice experience, she became determined to find a way to support client’s happiness and growth while also supporting her own. So, Claibourne Counseling was founded as a way to offer a better environment for therapists; to facilitate their ability to perform at their very best levels for their clients and for themselves.

Claire & Chas Karakey - Owners of Claibourne CounselingClaire & Chas met on Claire’s 18th birthday and they became best friends. From day one, they’ve embraced friendship first and continually work to help each other to become the best versions of themselves – especially now as husband and wife. As a healer within a businessman, Chas left his corporate career to become the Operations Director at Claibourne to give the therapists the extra space they need to focus on providing this necessary service.

Founded in early 2020, right at the beginning of the global pandemic, Claire & Chas have poured their heart and soul into the practice. Being able to help people navigate the waters during the past 2 years has been truly heartwarming for each of them. And, the importance of hosting a safe and nurturing environment for both therapists and patients to thrive has been cornerstone throughout.

Our values

At Claibourne, we highly value our support systems and have the utmost gratitude for every member of our team and for each of our clients. Learning as we grow, we sincerely embrace humility – we know we have to constantly push beyond our comfort zones. And if we begin to think we have it all figured out, we know it’s time to take a step back and reassess because there’s always more growing to do.

For far too long, there has been a stigma on therapy and we want to break those old beliefs and help form a new, positive view on mental health as a whole. It is brave, it is courageous, and, actually, it is a mark of strength to ask for help instead of suffering in silence. It is our belief that everyone deserves quality care and we strive to deliver an honest and fair approach to treatment for everyone. It is our goal to always reach below the surface and help where it really counts!

Meet Chas Karakey, Director of Operations

Chas Karakey, Director of Operations

Chas is the first person you’ll talk to when you reach out to Claibourne Counseling and he’ll help you find the best therapist on the team to fit your specific needs. Chas also has extensive relationships with other therapists throughout the valley, so if Claibourne isn’t the best fit for you, he’ll go above and beyond to try to connect you with a quality referral.

Chas was born in Phoenix and raised in Tucson where he graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. He has spent the last 17 years in the corporate world as a recognized leader in the community.

After experiencing great personal loss as a child, Chas has seen firsthand the benefits of therapy. He is a huge believer in counseling and takes pride in being a mental health advocate. He loves helping people navigate their healing journey and will do anything in his power to find the best options for every client who calls in to Claibourne Counseling.