Clare Chi, AMFT

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Phonetic pronunciation of name: “KUHL-AIR”

Role at Evergreen: Clinician

As a therapist, I aspire to establish a trust-based therapeutic relationship with you to provide care that supports your needs, with respect and honoring of your personal values, experiences, and beliefs. I strive to help foster your individuality and human agency through curiosity and compassion. It is my commitment to hold a safe and collaborative space for you and to meet you where you’re at, as we walk together on your journey toward healing and growth.

Clare | Evergreen Counseling

Clinical Style

Person-centered and empathic, with unconditional positive regard.

License

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #120891, supervised by Jonathan Wolfrum, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #102291

Degrees

University of California, Davis | BA in Communications & Psychology | 2013

Santa Clara University | MA in Counseling Psychology | 2020

Why I do this work

Raised to believe that thoughts were safer than feelings, that worthiness was measured by achievements, and that bravery was invincibility rather than vulnerability, I moved through life living in my head rather than from my heart. In navigating my own journey toward connection in the midst of people who held space for me to feel safe and vulnerable, I’ve come to believe that healing and growth are relational. It happens in the presence of another. It is this belief and gratitude that lead me to this work.

The best part of my job

I love to witness clients take up space with courage, explore their internal world and vulnerabilities, and move toward the journey home to their authentic selves. It's beautiful to watch people tend and relate to themselves with compassion, come to believe in their agency, and honor their own experiences while cultivating hope for change.

How I spend my free time

Walking my dog, reading fiction books, researching new local food and dessert places.

Favorite quote

“What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Top trauma recovery resources

  • Journey Through Trauma: A Trail Guide to the 5-Phase Cycle of Healing Repeated Trauma by Gretchen Schmelzer, PhD

 

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