Claire Alessi is a therapist at Jewish Family Services, where she provides clinical and case management services. These interventions include assessing and implementing therapeutic treatment based on individual need, connecting clients to public and private resources available in Mecklenburg and its surrounding counties, and facilitating group programming throughout the Shalom Park community.

Claire has been a part of Jewish Family Services since August 2015 when she was an intern through the UNC Charlotte social work program. After successfully completing her degree she was ask to come on board full time. Prior to joining JFS in May of 2016, Claire received her Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her Masters of Theological Studies from Duke University in 2014, where she conducted research on the intersection of liberation theologies and social services as they foster an adequate response to urban trauma. This research was particularly influenced by Claire’s experience as a high school teacher in a start-up project in inner-city Chicago, a position for which she garnered two AmeriCorps Education Awards in recognition of her post-undergraduate service. Claire later transitioned into working with adjudicated juveniles at Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center in Concord, NC, where she collaborated with clinical treatment teams to ensure effective student intake, rehabilitative progress, and discharge into the community, as well as co-facilitated and developed curricula for trauma and skills-based group therapies.

Claire implements CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) principles within her therapeutic collaboration with children, juveniles, and adults, with whom she works with at JFS. Claire’s particular clinical specialties are life transitions, anxiety, relationships, and spiritual/faith integration. Claire additionally serves as an ally of the LGBTQ community on the Shalom Park Campus as well as the broader Charlotte community, as she serves on the board of Transcend Charlotte, a local non-profit agency that provides social services to those who identify across the gender and sexuality spectrum.