Clair Wardwell, LMSW
Clair Wardwell is a Licensed Master Social Worker providing individual and family counseling to children (7+), teens, and adults at NNH. Clair grew up in the Treasure Valley and moved to the Midwest to pursue her education in the Twin Cities. Clair completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at St. Catherine University and her Masters in Social Work at the University of Minnesota.
While in Minnesota, Clair gained experience working in the homes and in the community with adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), where she developed her passion for working in mental health. She spent several years as a research assistant exploring job readiness in college students and healthy psychosocial development through Vital Involvement, a strengths-based model for promoting health and wellbeing in the elderly. She has worked with diverse populations and in a variety of settings including in animal behavior, with underserved teens, individuals transitioning from prison with co-occurring disorders, college students, veterinary students and veterinarians, people experiencing grief, and individuals and families living with mental illness.
Clair uses a person-centered, strengths-based approach and frequently utilizes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness. Clair’s practice is centered around a whole systems framework in which the entire family makes changes toward shared goals. In her free time, Clair enjoys spending time with family and friends, snuggling her pets, and horseback riding.