About SARA CRAIN
I always 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 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.
I graduated from John F. Kennedy University in 2003 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology through the Transpersonal Psychology program. I wrote my Master’s Thesis on Cult Recovery and how to help clients heal from abusive cult experiences or controlling relationships. I have been Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 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.