About Claire Dorotik-Nana LMFT

claire-dorotikGraduating in 2002 from San Diego State University with a B. S. in Kinesiology, and then later from San Diego University for Integrative Studies in 2002 with a M.A. in Marriage and Child Family Counseling, Claire Dorotik-Nana LMFT has many years experience working with clients with addictions, mood disorders and adjustment issues. (CA License #44211, CO License #981)

In her own words:

A specialty of mine has always been with the addiction recovery population. I have created programs for Miracle House Recovery Center, Tender Life Maternity Home, and Prototypes Women’s Center, designed to help trauma, abuse, eating disorder, and addiction recovery clients with mood disorders return to balanced and healthy functioning. As many of these clients also were challenged with returning to sober lives and relationships, I also specialize in relationship and adjustment issues that are specific to the recovery population, such as finding a new direction in their life, or perhaps have a dream or goal that they have always wanted to accomplish.

I have an additional specialty working with clients with body image issues, as I am a competitive athlete myself and have worked for many years as a wellness consultant and fitness specialist. I have also been a contributing writer on exercise and mood for Trail Runner and Her Sports magazines, as well as developed continuing education courses for International Sport Science Association, the only continuing education program for personal trainers accredited by the Department of Education and Continuing Training, and am the creator of “The Client Centered Approach to Personal Training,” and “The Dynamics of Health and Weight Loss Coaching.” I have also worked as a biomechanics and wellness consultant creating programs for United States International University, Nokia Corporation, and Bally Total Fitness.

Additionally, as a staff psychotherapist at Live In Fitness, the largest residential bootcamp in the United States, I have helped thousands of clients struggling with lifelong weight issues return to healthy weights, and healthy lives.

Currently, I develop continuing education courses for Zur Institute, one of the largest continuing education providers for counselors and therapists. My courses include Motivational Interviewing, Preventing Childhood Obesity, Life Coaching and Post-Traumatic Growth. To view my courses, just visit my author page:


My own competitive accomplishments include national high school rankings in the 400 meter top three division finishes in several marathons, as well as two consecutive top division placings in the Lake Tahoe Triple Ultra-Marathon, and the Leadville Trail Marathon, the second highest (altitude) marathon in the United States. In 2013, I also won both the LOST 118, and the Ft. Clinch Ultra- Marathons.

I am also an avid equestrian, and my competitive highlights in this field include two reserve national championships and one national championship at the Arabian Nationals, several top placings in Mini Prix competitions, including Almaden Farms Summer Classic, Monterey Bay Seal of Approval, Michelob Classic, and a 2nd place finish in the Western division of the Young Jumper Championships, in 2005. In 2012, I was the Reserve Champion at Training Level at the Rocky Mountain Dressage Championships, and won the High Point Jockey Club Award.

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Last updated: 17 Oct 2014
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