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Claire Hughes, LCSW


Claire is the Clinical Director at Thrive Treatment℠ in Santa Monica.

Claire is the clinical director of Thrive Teen. She comes to us with over 10 years of experience working with teens, adults, and families in the mental health and substance abuse field. 

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University in New York City.

Before coming to Thrive, Claire worked in residential, PHP, IOP, and outpatient treatment programs for mental health, eating disorders, and substance abuse treatment in NYC, New Jersey, Utah, and Los Angeles. She has worked with teens, young adults, adults, and families.

As a trained and impassioned social worker, Claire believes in the practice-guiding principle of understanding the person within the context of their environment and she recognizes the benefits of treating the entire family system in order to sustain lasting change. During Claire’s time working as a family therapist in residential teen treatment in Woodland Hills, she trained under Dr. Veronica Barenstein in the Structural Family Therapy model developed by Dr. Salvador Minuchin. Claire utilizes this method to disrupt dysfunctional relational patterns, help re-structure the family hierarchy, and teach new forms of healthy communication.

In 2018, Claire began her training in Dialectal Behavioral Therapy and completed her Behavioral Tech Level 3 training in April of 2019 with Dr. Adam Payne and Dr. Vibh Forsythe Cox. Claire was a clinician at Turn the Mind, a DBT-adherent team in Midland Park, NJ where she provided individual and family DBT, phone coaching, and weekly skills groups. She is passionate about DBT, promotes the DBT philosophy, believes skills can be beneficial to everyone, and utilizes the DBT model in individual, family, and group work.


Claire discovered her passion for program design and management while working in the non-profit sector managing a Department of Mental Health-funded program at St. Joseph Center for residents of Venice, CA who struggle with chronic mental illness and homelessness. In this position, Claire was able to utilize her skills as a clinician and supervisor to grow the program to serve more individuals in the community.

Claire’s approach includes an emphasis on providing the space to be vulnerable and identify areas of growth without judgment while teaching skills to create the desired change. She aims to help her clients move away from “all-or-nothing” thinking, find relief from emotional suffering, and regain control over powerful emotions. 

Claire has a special interest in the treatment of eating disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, OCD, and shame. When she is not working, Claire is FaceTiming with her niece, making a mess in the kitchen, and annoying her cat, Cody.

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