CLAIRE TAM, PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR ASSOCIATE

If you would like to schedule an appointment with this provider, please contact the front desk at 503.486.8936

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Claire Tam, Professional Counselor Associate

They/them pronouns

 

Philosophy and Approach: I believe that you are the expert of your experiences and the author of your future story. I have a collaborative and culturally-affirming approach to therapy, and together we will create a space where you feel seen, heard, and encouraged in exploring areas for self-growth.

 

I use philosophies from Relational-Cultural Theory, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and liberation psychology in my work. I especially invite you to discover the parts of yourself that have been disowned and are asking for a place to belong, the parts that struggle to exist due to intersecting identities, and the parts that provided strength in the past but may no longer be supportive in present day.

 

I embrace living with authenticity and integrity and will use these to help you create the relationships with yourself and others that you desire. Within therapy sessions, I listen for ways to foster connections between your body and mind. I focus on the bridge between emotional, behavioral, and physical sensations and may also encourage you to tap into the wisdom of nature.

 

As a queer, non-binary, Chinese and Native Hawaiian person, I understand the impact of cross-generational trauma and colonialism on all bodies. I practice solo polyamory in my relationships and have experience with monogamy, marriage, and multiracial/blended families. I look forward to being part of your therapeutic journey.

 

Formal Education and Training: I hold a Master of Arts in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark College with a specialization in counseling LGBTQ+ individuals, and I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, Photography, and Visual Arts from Ithaca College. I have worked with adults in individual and group counseling with a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, grief, emotional abuse, sexual assault, racial/intergenerational trauma, body image, and intimate/familial relationships. In 2020, I was awarded the National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship to further my knowledge in providing culturally-affirming care for gender, sexual, and racial minorities.

 

In addition to my clinical experience, I have worked with non-profit organizations to promote change from an individual to a systemic level. In 2018, I volunteered as an emergency responder with refugees seeking asylum in Greece, often without the ability to communicate with them in a common language. Locally, I facilitated a peer support group for caregivers experiencing grief at The Dougy Center, and in 2019, I joined the board of directors for The Equi Institute which provides health and sexual wellness services to the LGBTQ+ community.

 

As a registered associate with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT), I will abide by its Code of Ethics. I am under the ongoing supervision of Rani Gupta, LCSW, Silvana Espinoza Lau, LMFT, and Ryan Loiselle, LPC who review my cases with me. You may contact my supervisor, Rani, at 503-389-5456.

 

Hours and Session Length: I serve clients Mondays through Thursdays with the option to hold sessions via telehealth or have in-person sessions Mondays and Tuesdays at the address listed above. Clients may call or email to schedule appointments. Individual sessions are 50-55 minutes in duration, usually once a week. In order for counseling to be effective, it is important to attend all regularly scheduled appointments. If you are unable to attend a scheduled appointment, please notify us 24 hours in advance if possible. Missing two consecutive appointments without notification could result in loss of your regular slot or ending services. You are free to terminate services at will; however, it is usually most therapeutic to schedule a closing session.

 

Payment: Most clients seen at Brave Space are using OHP insurance, which pays for most of the session fees. You may have a copay. Clients are fully responsible for the payment of all copays for services at the time of service, and if insurance ends, must discuss client payment for ongoing service. Checks, credit cards, and cash are accepted forms of payment and payable at the beginning of the session. Fees are $167 for a 55-minute session.

 

Client Rights and Confidentiality

As a client of an Oregon Registered Associate, you have the following rights:

  • To expect that a registered associate has met the qualifications of training and experience required by state law;

  • To examine public records maintained by the Board and to have the Board confirm credentials of a registered associate;

  • To obtain a copy of the Code of Ethics;

  • To report complaints to the Board;

  • To be informed of the cost of professional services before receiving the services;

  • To be assured of privacy and confidentiality while receiving services as defined by rule or law, with the following exceptions: 1) Reporting suspected child abuse; 2) Reporting imminent danger to you or others; 3) Reporting information required in court proceedings or by your insurance company, or other relevant agencies; 4) Providing information concerning licensee case consultation or supervision; and 5) Defending claims brought by you against me; and

  • To be free from being the object of discrimination on any basis listed in the Code of Ethics while receiving services.

 

You may contact the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists at:

3218 Pringle Rd SE, #120, Salem, OR 97302-6312 │ Telephone: (503) 378-5499 Email: lpct.board@mhra.oregon.gov

Additional information about this registered associate is available on the Board’s website: www.oregon.gov/OBLPCT.