Find a Guide: Meet Claire
Claire Bien (she, her, hers)
M.Ed., Counseling Psychology
Certified Recovery Support Specialist
Life/Recovery Coach utilizing an array of approaches, including narrative work and creative writing
Telephone: 203 287-0497
I am a voice hearer, mental health advocate and educator, survivor, and author of a memoir, Hearing Voices, Living Fully: Living with the Voices in my Head. I have been facilitating Hearing Voices Network (HVN) support groups since 2014 and currently facilitate three HVN support groups—at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital, in the New Haven community, and online. I work part-time as a research associate at the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health primarily doing work related to the voice-hearing experience. I’m also a passionate volunteer.
I’m also a member of the board of directors of the Hearing Voices Network (HVN) USA Home - Hearing Voices Network USA (hearingvoicesusa.org), and am President of the U.S. branch of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS)-US www.isps-us.org, a national professional organization that seeks to change the ways in which the array of experiences and symptoms associated with hearing voices (and psychosis) are understood and treated.
I speak regionally, nationally and internationally about my experiences and am a passionate advocate for reform, calling for a change in the medical-psychiatric profession’s approach to diagnosis and treatment of people with mental health challenges, especially psychosis. I have been engaged in the work of anti-racism for nearly two decades and have chaired the cultural competencies of two Connecticut-based employers: the former ALSO-Cornerstone, Inc. and The Connection.
Age range: Comfortable working with adolescents and adults
Affiliation: Currently Independent.
Payment: Case-by-case, contact for details. Currently private pay only.
Hours of availability: Morning and evening times are available, depending on the day
Meetings: Either virtual or in person
Relevant Trainings and Certifications
Maastricht Interview, with Peter Bullimore, Kate Crawford, and Shaun Hunt, The National Paranoia Network and Advocacy Unlimited, November-December 2021 and 2018.
Certified Recovery Support Specialist, with Latosha Taylor and Paul Acker, Advocacy Unlimited, January-February 2021.
Hearing Voices Network Support Group Facilitator Training, July 2014. Refresher courses 2016, 2018, 2020 and 2021.
Alternatives to Suicide, with Caroline-Mazel-Carlton and Natan Cohen, Western Massachusetts
Recovery Learning Community, August 2020.
Open Dialogue One-week Intensive with Mary Olson and Nazlim Hazlett, Institute for Dialogic Practice, July 2020.
Intentional Peer Support (IPS). Participated in week-long training in Intentional Peer Support training led by Chris Hansen and Shery Mead, at Advocacy Unlimited, May 2019.
Voice Dialoguing with Rufus May and Elisabeth Soderstrom, sponsored by CT DMHAS, 2017.