Claire Martin is a National Board Certified Counselor and a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated from the Clinical Mental Health program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2016. She is currently a second-year doctoral student in the Counselor Education program at University of Missouri-St. Louis. For the past three years Claire manages a student services program at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, the Student Assistance Program. There, she provides crisis intervention and counseling, advocacy services, and resources to students. Claire devotes her time on the weekends volunteering at the Community Women Against Hardship, a non-profit agency in the St. Louis metropolitan area, where she provides career exploration and self-empowerment counseling to low income women. She is also involved in a non-profit agency organization, People with Purpose, providing support to adults and youth in the criminal justice system.
Claire was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She moved to Brooklyn, New York at the age of nineteen and enrolled at Brooklyn College where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After graduating from college, Claire became a Domestic Violence advocate. For the next ten years, she worked at the NYC Administration for Children Services in various roles, including Child Welfare Specialist and Quality Assurance/Program Consultant. Claire obtained her first master’s degree in Psychology in 2006 from the City University of New York-Hunter College. She completed her master’s thesis on the effects of acculturation on body image among four racial groups of college students. In 2010, Claire moved to St. Louis, MO, with her husband to pursue her second master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling while working in various capacities, including high school presenter, substitute teacher, and after-school program director. Claire’s passion is to help educate others on the effects of acculturation on first-generation immigrants, women empowerment, self-efficacy, and more. She is also interested in becoming a major contributor to the internationalization of the counseling field.
Claire will be joining Dr. Angela Coker, Jennifer Culver, Suzanne Bates, and Dr. Lelia Flagg as a panelist in a discussion titled: "Claiming Spaces in Crooked Rooms: Black Women’s Experiences in Education."