Clare qualified as a Social Worker in 1980 and has worked in the fields of mental health and disability since then. She has worked as a clinician, policy and service advisor and researcher in child and adult mental health, neurocognitive and intellectual disability. She started her career working with individuals and couples experiencing mental illness and with couples and individuals with relationship problems. She also worked with children, young people and families mental health settings. She has also worked with families who have a child or young person with complex disabilities. Clare has spent a number of years undertaking research in mental health and complex neurocognitive disability, working with individuals, families and communities. Her focus was on people and communities who experience social disadvantage, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
Clare’s approach is strongly influenced by supportive psychotherapy principles. She aims to provide a safe and supportive environment in which clients can talk about and reflect on their concerns and problems. She works together with clients to understand how they can manage these concerns in ways that are more constructive for themselves and the people around them. For some clients this migh involve short-term support in a crisis situation; for others it may be problem solving when engaging with services and systems; or it may provide an opportunity to focus on past experiences that continue to trouble people.