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Claire Engstrom Veritas Dietitian

Claire McCullough

Clinical Director

Claire B. McCullough is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and her masters degree from the University of Cincinnati. She completed her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Kent State University, where her doctoral dissertation explored parental experiences of adolescents with eating disorders during Phase I of a Modified Maudsley Treatment Program. Clinically, she has focused primarily on the treatment of eating disorders, as well as self-injurious behaviors, depression, anxiety. She has worked at the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders in Cleveland, Ohio (currently the Emily Program). Additionally, she has worked at the Renfrew Center of Charlotte and had a private practice in her hometown of Shelby, North Carolina. She has been working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders since 2007 and has specialization and training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Maudsley Family Therapy. She is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and subclinical eating disorders. She has worked in partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient settings and has expertise in evidenced-based, best practice eating disorder treatment. Additionally, she has a great amount of experience in clinical supervision of both counseling students and counselors working towards independent licensure. In addition to her academic and clinical endeavors, Claire has taught undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level classes at Case Western School of Medicine, North Eastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Kent State University, and Gardner-Webb University. Her teaching has focused on assessment, evaluation and diagnosis of mental and emotional disorders, counseling adolescents, eating disorders, multicultural counseling, and group therapy approaches. She conducts individual, group, family, and multi-family group therapies. One of her greatest passions is working with families and parents in the treatment of adolescents with eating disorders, and facilitating the recovery process through a multidisciplinary team approach. She firmly believes that all individuals and families have the absolute right to compassionate and effective care, and her attitude towards treatment works to balance validation and understanding while also facilitating change and healing.