Claude's passion for helping others was cultivated by his parents. Claude's father is an United Methodist pastor and mother is a retired Chicago Public School teacher. During family dinners his parents often exchanged stories about their days in which his mother in often struggled to educate students in the  Englewood community. Her students were often impacted by community violence, were raised in fractured families, and had experienced various forms of trauma. On the other hand, Claude's father provided pre-marital counseling for couples, and was in charge of the homeless and youth ministry at many of churches he pastored. It was during these formative years that Claude developed the foundation and love of counseling and serving others.

Claude obtained his masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Adler University in 2013. In addition Claude has been trained in EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and the 40 Hr. Domestic Violence Training. Claude has been featured on Newsy TV and facilitated talks about mental health for Amazon, Discover Financial, The Chicago Urban League, Chicago Public Schools, and The Bernie Mac Foundation.

Claude takes a client-centered approach to therapy and meets his clients where they are at. Claude’s use of humor, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard allows him to easily break down barriers which creates a safe place for his clients to explore their thoughts and feelings.

In his spare time, Claude enjoys spending time with family and friends, boxing, working out, and watching the latest social-cultural documentaries on Netflix.