About Sara CrainThe simplest and most accurate way I can describe my personality is that I have been and probably always will be a seeker – always insisting on creating my own path and forging my own style, in an effort to always remain in integrity with what felt authentically “me.” College was a case in point: I went to 6 different schools and changed my major nearly 24 times before getting my BA, hoping that each new area of focus would satisfy what felt missing in me. By the time I was 27 years old and already a veteran meditator, I had already tried every healing modality I could get my hands on, from counseling/therapy to New Age to ancient/traditional methods, but nothing helped– I was still miserable.
My relationships and professional life suffered and things were not looking good for my future. After having tried so many approaches to healing my emotional pain, I came across lessons about the inner critic or inner judge quite by accident. As I studied this phenomenon within the laboratory of my own psyche, and engaged wholeheartedly in healing myself from its grasp, a miraculous thing happened: I started to feel better. And it’s not like things in my life just suddenly turned around and improved – not by a long shot, in fact – but I did find that, by being able to tame and quiet down my inner critic, I became more resilient to the bad things that happened in life, as bad things do inevitably happen. As I became better able to manage my own internal dialogue and experienced the profound shift this created in how I felt day-to-day, I became more determined to help others with this same process.
Shortly thereafter I enrolled in school full-time to become a therapist.
I define my style of therapy as helping my clients find what is authentic and true for them. As I always insisted on staying true to myself in my own life, I remain committed to psychotherapy as a process of unfolding what is authentically true for my client – not my agenda, not society’s, family’s or anyone else’s. Sometimes those agendas agree with one’s authentic self and sometimes they hinder it. I want to help my clients to discover themselves, not who they think they should be or who they were told to be. My own experience and training combine to bring a rich and compassionate approach to every client.
Graduated from John F. Kennedy University in 2003 with a Master's Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology through the Transpersonal Psychology program. Master's Thesis on Cult Recovery and how to help clients heal from abusive cult experiences or controlling relationships. Licensed as Marriage and Family Therapist in 2007 (MFC 44479).
If you'd like to speak with me further to see if I might be a suitable therapist for you, please don't hesitate to give me a call.