Hi! I’m Claire. I am a writer, researcher, and psychotherapist in training.
I write about the relationship between philosophy, theology, literature, the performing arts, and “performance” as a concept. With my new ventures into psychology, I have become interested in cross-cultural approaches to research, especially the concept of “folk” therapy or psychologies (I believe that I, too, will be a “folk” therapist!). I am interested in how we perceive and experience the world as both co-constituted by and other than the subject.
Currently, I am studying the existential-phenomenological (EP) approach to therapy at Seattle University. The EP approach focuses on the healing potential of human (and extra-human!) relationships, understanding isolation as the core of psychopathology. This approach is deeply committed to an ethics of responsibility to the Other, as developed by philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. EP recognizes the importance of embodiment, and believes that we are body-subjects for whom sense-experience is primary.
“The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable through the embracing of one of its beings.” –Martin Buber
“Pathology is isolation from ethical responsibility. Health is getting outside oneself in responsibility to others. Therapy comes when the client becomes responsibly responsible toward others in his life.” –George Kunz
My most recent book is Performance Studies and Negative Epistemology: Performance Apophatics (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017).
Many of my publications can be found on my Academia.edu profile page.
Please contact me at
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 1 360 531 4451