New Directions Counseling Coordinator
Claire Hagan is the Counseling Coordinator for Interfaith Social Services’ New Directions Counseling Center. She is a registered nurse and a licensed mental health clinician. After graduating from Children’s Hospital School of Nursing she spent much of her professional career working as a nurse until she realized her passion for psychology and emotional health. She returned to school and received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UMass/Boston; followed by a two year internship at Tufts New England Medical Center. Much of Claire’s career has been spent working with parents via primary prevention programs in an effort to help children.
Claire is a published author whose research on infant attachment and failure to thrive was presented at an annual infant psychiatry conference. Since 2000 Claire has been a therapist at Interfaith Social Services. Her specialties include adjustment and anxiety disorders. She has worked extensively with adults who are coping with the long term effects of inadequate parenting. Claire also works with couples who have had a pregnancy loss and women who experience a mood disorder after childbirth.
She believes in a holistic and strength-based approach, incorporating various theoretical orientations into a treatment plan to meet each person where he/she is. In her spare time Claire enjoys spending time the people and animals in her life. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, reading, being in nature and spending time near the ocean.