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    I provide psychotherapy for both couples and individuals. Essential to my approach to therapy is creating a comfortable, safe, and trusting therapeutic relationship in which one can feel heard and understood. When working with individuals in therapy,  I help to identify issues and patterns of coping that may no longer serve you and help you explore new positive approaches that support growth, insight, and the changes you desire. When working with couples, I use Emotion Focused Couples Therapy to identify cycles of conflict and distress and help guide the process of mending broken connections.     

      My other areas of interest are working with people whose anxieties, worries, and life stresses have compromised their wellbeing and peace of mind; life transitions; family of origin and relationship concerns; self-acceptance; depression; healing from traumatic experiences; unresolved grief and loss; pregnancy loss and termination issues.

      Throughout therapy, I emphasize developing a curious, compassionate stance toward oneself that allows for greater clarity and deeper meaning to emerge from life's complexities. 

    Although I am a traditionally trained psychotherapist, I incorporate several nontraditional practices for your personalized care.  Energy Psychology practices such as EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques also know as Tapping, Focusing, and EMI Eye Movement Integration Therapy are powerful techniques to release trauma, depression and anxiety patterns as well as a host of other mental health concerns.

    I believe that "from the wound comes the gift" and so it is when we transform our woundedness and challenges into the gifts of growth and healing. The process invites us toward a greater sense of self integrity, resiliency and resourcefulness in engaging with life.

Educational and Professional Background:

     I hold a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College in Maryland. I am licensed by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and I am also a National Certified Counselor. I obtained my Certification in Thanatology for Grief, Death and Dying.

     I am a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors and the Frederick County Mental Health Association.

Specialties include:

  • Anxiety and Stress Reduction issues
  • Life transition counseling
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Depression and Mood Swings
  • Grief and Loss  
  •  Trauma and PTSD
  • Eye Movement Integration Therapy (EMI)
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques and Faster EFT

 Claire Wilhide, LCPC
Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling in Frederick, MD
240-409-0932  cmwilhide@comcast.net

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