Clinician/Program Director

Claire McBride, MA, MFT

5841 Marshall Street, Oakland, CA 94608· 415.595.9700 ·


 Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, California


  • Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology  (3.9 GPA) 

 George Washington University, Washington, DC

  • Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Comparative Religious Studies 

 Center of Mind Body Medicine, Advanced training in treatment for psychological trauma, Washington DC: Group model focusing on mind body skills, stress management and trauma symptom reduction

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning: Teaching Pyramid, San Francisco, California: Model supporting social and emotional development in young people


Child Trauma Training Institute, San Francisco, California: International relational model to treat child and family trauma

 Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC #50505)

 California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists: Member


 Sole Proprietor, Psychotherapy and Consultation Private Practice, San Francisco Bay Area (2011-Present)

  • Specialize in holistic psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and children. 
  • Particular emphasis in co-occurring addictions, complex trauma, and anxiety and mood disorders.
  • Address issues concerning creativity and spiritual development.
  • Offer regular psychotherapy groups for diverse populations.
  • Provide wellness coaching based on advanced training with The Center for Mind Body Medicine.
  • Deliver corporate, educational and child development consultation.
  • Facilitate extensive workshop and training curriculum covering diverse topics in the fields of psychology, education, and Mind Body Medicine.

 Lead Psychotherapist, New Dawn Recovery Center, San Francisco, California (2012)

  • Facilitated daily psychotherapeutic process groups addressing eating disorders and co-occurring psychiatric and substance abuse disorders for adults and adolescents.
  • Facilitated didactic and psychotherapeutic groups such as DBT, ACT, CBT, Anger Management, Stress Reduction, Treating Addictions, Movement Therapy, Spirituality in Recovery, Body Image, and Trauma.
  • Carried and maintained caseload of individual clients.
  • Conducted two weekly individual psychotherapy sessions for each client in caseload; Facilitated regular family and couples sessions.
  • Maintained daily clinical documentation of groups and individual sessions in EHR system~Citrix.
  • Performed regular crisis management as needed; Facilitated intake and discharge process for all clients. 
  • Provided case management services as needed.
  • Performed periodic utilization peer reviews for insurance coverage; Adhered to all company and licensure ethical procedures.

Mental Health Consultant, Family Service Agency of San Francisco, San Francisco, California (2008-2012)


  • Provided clinical and educational consultation to three child development programs serving 160 clients~ including those who were medically fragile and physically disabled.
  • Consulted with site director to assess, plan, problem-solve and generate ideas.
  • Completed charting requirements and statistical information in a timely manner.
  • Performed child and classroom observations; conducted formal and informal assessments.
  • Completed written reports on assessment results; submitted monthly reports to funders.
  • Delivered individual therapy with at-risk children and facilitated socialization groups.
  • Provided on-site teacher training in-service; provided onsite parent training in-service.
  • Conducted regular team coaching meetings with teachers in order to resolve issues, mediate conflicts, provide clinical supervision, and discuss children and classroom concerns.
  • Collaborated with other specialists, agencies, and community administrators.
  • Met with families to complete assessments and provide clinical guidance and referrals.

Inclusion Specialist, Child Care Inclusion Challenge Project: Children’s Council Of San Francisco, San Francisco, California (2005-2007)

  • Identified developmental and emotional concerns through observations and/or assessments.
  • Supported families in finding and maintaining inclusive care for special needs clients.
  • Provided technical assistance and supervision related to inclusion of special needs clients. 
  • Conducted training on the following topics: Substance Abuse Recovery, Dual Diagnosis, Trauma, Sensory Integration, Autism, Child Development, Down Syndrome, Seizure Disorders, Partnering with Families, Challenging Behavior, Stress Management, Communication Skills.
  • Participated in outreach, continued development of the project, and effective systems change.
  • Acted as liaison with parents and providers to make necessary referrals or changes in group care/home environment and mediated provider/parent/child interactions 
  • Developed, maintained and updated Inclusion Project manuals. 
  • Represented the Inclusion Project in a variety of professional forums.

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Holos Institute, San Francisco, California (2005-2007)

  • Provided psychotherapy services for individuals, families, couples, and youth of diverse backgrounds.
  • Conducted intakes, assessments and treatment plans for clients.

Senior Case Manager and Assistant Director, Marin Services for Women: A Trauma-based Healing Community of Women and Families Recovering from Chemical Dependency, Greenbrae, California (2004-2005)

  • Acted as Residential Director in the director’s absence; Provided clinical crisis management services.
  • Acted as mentor/coach to counselors in training and intern; Trained and oriented new staff.
  • Provided clinical supervision to the Senior Counselor and all full-time counselors.
  • Conducted dual-diagnosis and trauma-based process groups as well as individual sessions for clients. 
  • Facilitated addiction education, meditation and spirituality groups.
  • Supervised Parenting program and Eating Disorders groups.
  • Provided on-going training and daylong seminars for all counseling staff.   

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Women’s Clinic and Family Counseling Center, Los Angeles, California (2002-2004)


  • Provided psychotherapy services for individuals, families, couples, and youth of diverse backgrounds.
  • Maintained caseload of fifteen regular weekly clients.
  • Conducted intakes, assessments and treatment plans for clients; Performed telephone crisis counseling.

 Religious & Cultural Programs Director, Vista del Mar Child and Family Services, (A psychiatric program for adolescents), Los Angeles, California (2000-2002).

  • Facilitated chemical dependency groups focusing on spirituality, trauma and addictions recovery.
  • Developed and implemented tolerance, cultural diversity and character education programs for adolescents.
  • Developed therapeutic group for adolescent girls on identity and empowerment.
  • Provided spiritual counseling and helped to strengthen the cultural identity of adolescent clients. 
  • Supervised the religious, cultural and music staff, including a rabbi, priest and music therapist; Coordinated all religious, cultural and holiday ceremonies; Pioneered environmental community outreach program.
  • Awarded 97% rating and Commendation from Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

 Program Manager & Supervising Educator, House of Ruth KidSpace, Washington, D.C. (1998-2000)

  • Hired, trained, and supervised team of up to ten full and part-time teachers.
  • Created educational programs reinforcing themes of global diversity, cultural pride, self-esteem, and emotional expression for severely emotionally disturbed and economically disadvantaged children.
  • Provided case management services for families; Counseled families on issues of substance abuse, mental illness, complex trauma and domestic violence; Coordinated admissions and transitions.
  • Directed and supervised a volunteer Foster Grandparent program.


Featured Expert for the Ask the Expert column in the Back to School issue of The Golden Gate Mother’s Association Magazine

 Extensive International Travel: Includes travel in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central America


 Athletic Achievements: Completed the Marine Corps Marathon and the Raleigh, NC to DC AIDS RIDE

Advanced Mind Body Medicine Practitioner 

 Expressive Arts Therapist



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