Claudia Houghton, L.C.M.H.C.

Paul Downey
Connection and Collaboration"Taking that first step in confronting fear and reaching out for help is a healthy response toward accessing the innate strength that as individuals, we each carry within us. But as humans, we also seek connection and at times, guidance to help us gain access to this strength. When we most need it, we can be confused by our emotional pain; in our distress, we can struggle with self-doubt, unable to make decisions. It is a wise individual who is able, maybe for the first time, to overcome fear and ambivalence, to trust that the help and guidance they need is available and waiting for them in a safe environment that, with sensitivity and compassion, takes into account their unique needs, in the problems they bring for resolution, the sorrows they share, the losses they are grieving, the stress of a job, the conflict in their marriage, parenting difficulties, addictions, and more. In the face of pain and suffering, I believe that people continue to have hope and the desire to be well - and the capacity to experience joy - for themselves, for their partner, for their children, for their families, for their communities, and the world that we share."

"If you find yourself struggling with stressors and life challenges that are stretching you beyond your ability to cope, working with a professional can be an effective tool in helping you make the changes you need to get your life back on track, or even to explore a new path."

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor:
New Hampshire
Master of Arts Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Rivier College

Training and Professional Experience"I have worked with middle school adolescents in schools. In my four years experience with Seacoast Hospice as a direct service volunteer, working with the terminally ill and their families immeasurably enriched my personal and professional growth, my compassion, and earned my profound respect for these brave individuals who taught me valuable life lessons as they continued to grow at the end of the lives."

Internship at Community Counsel, Nashua NH. Postgraduate training at Seacoast Mental Health Center, Portsmouth NH. Staff psychotherapist at Portsmouth and at Exeter, working with adults and young adults dealing with severe and persistent psychological disorders such as: Major Depression, Bipolar, PTSD, Trauma, Eating Disorder, Personality Disorder, dual diagnosis, etc; combined experience working with individuals, groups, and couples. Interventions include: Relational; cognitive-behavioral, DBT, solution-focused, and family systems approaches. Former co-facilitator Child Impact Seminar: Endorsed by the State of NH Family Court System. Helping divorcing/separating couples and their children, teaching effective communication and coping skills for healthy adjustment; collaborative co-parenting

Professional AffilliationsMember: American Mental Health Counselors Association

"Whether in crisis or at a crossroads, fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth."