Claire Nichols Zimmerman, LCSW, CIRT

Claire-Zimmerman-Photo  Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Georgia, 1990
  Master of Social Work, University of Georgia, 1998
  Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, 2006
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My approach in my work is based on respecting each person’s strengths, wisdom, and unique experience. I am a clinical social worker, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, parent, grandparent, and step-parent in a step/blended family. In all of these roles, I benefit from both my formal and informal training and experience. I learn a tremendous amount from my clients.  All of this enables me to better help people transform their struggles into growth, and to see the potential in the challenges they face. I find enormous satisfaction in helping people find and live from a place of joy.

I am privileged to have worked with a wide variety of couples and individuals struggling with relationship difficulties, including those contemplating separation/divorce, preparing for or adjusting to a re-marriage, trying to find direction after a life transition like a divorce or an empty nest, or those simply looking to reconnect and strengthen their relationships. I work with those who are working to overcome the damage of an affair or breach in trust, or people having affairs and feeling stuck and confused. I find great reward in helping people who are newly adjusting to remarriage, step-parenting, or still struggling to relate to an ex, or their partner’s ex. I help my clients to navigate challenges with things like anxiety, depression, loss, obesity, difficult family relationships, communication problems, intimacy problems, co-parenting challenges, and the journey of blended/step-family life.

I strive to be a warm, open-minded, caring, direct clinician who enjoys the use of humor. Therapy can be an enjoyable experience. It’s my goal to create a safe place to collaboratively help people to better know and understand themselves and their relationships and work on those barriers that prevent them from living as fully as possible.

** Seeing clients in Athens. Email Claire or call (706) 425-8900 for more information.

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