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About Us

Cliff Crain is licensed by the state of California as a Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor (# MFC30798). Liz Hannigan, CHT, has a Master's Degree in Integrative Psychology and is a Clinical Hypnotherapist. Therapeutic techniques used include the following:
#1 Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming (EMDR), #2 Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), #3 Cognitive Behavioral, and #4 Inner-Child Work. Cliff and Liz are dedicated to helping their clients reach their personal goals.

Cliff Crain

A Word from Cliff Crain

Hello! I am glad you found me! I look forward to meeting with you in person. Clients often describe my therapeutic approach as practical and direct. The majority of my clients are normal people seeking direction and relief from difficult life situations. Although insight and cognitive awareness are often a part of the treatment process, the true focus of my approach is behavioral change. I practice a direct, interactive style of therapy. Once we have gotten comfortable with each other, I often give homework to receptive clients.

My work as Co-director of the Center for Creative Living in Danville, California, includes relationship counseling. This is challenging and rewarding work. I have been using Dr. Daniel Wiles Collaborative Model for many years, which has helped couples connect and communicate more effectively. Compassionate listening, conflict resolution, and effective negotiation skills are taught as part of the process toward intimacy. Increased self-awareness, healthy self-esteem, and the use of appropriate boundary setting is usually another part of the work couples do in building a more loving relationship. Normally, I offer a relationship diagnosis during the initial session, and then we establish the goals for working together.

As a parent of two adult children, and a school teacher and counselor for more than 30 years, I have also worked with many families on parenting issues. Children and adolescents struggling with low self-esteem, lack of motivation, ADD, school, and social issues are often seen in my office since I have specialized in working with this population. I am the author of numerous articles on parenting. I have been a teacher of parenting classes and workshops since 1985. In 2005, I started the Best Parenting Practices newsletter. This is a free newsletter that is published six times yearly. You can have this newsletter sent to you by simply emailing me at the  and requesting to be placed on the mailing list.

Many of my clients find relief in a few short sessions, while others benefit from deeper levels of change. For those in the later groups, I have found that EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and inner-child work is often the most successful approach. This works especially well with clients who have experienced abuse or other childhood trauma.

Liz Hannigan

A Word from Liz Hannigan

I have been enjoying getting to know people and helping them, as best I can, for many years. I am truly satisfied with my calling. I look forward to finding out where you are in your journey of living, growing, discovering, and hopefully healing. As I deal with life's "ups" and "downs" myself every day, I wonder in what phase of your life you find yourself.

It has been an honor for me to witness many life travelers come into my office and share some of the baggage - along with some of the joyful memories - that they have accumulated along the way. They willingly open up regarding current and past issues for us to explore together. We also look at what type of future they wish to create for themselves. Each of us is such a unique and wondrous human being!

How exciting to realize that no one else is exactly like you, or me! Every day is a new adventure! Every day is filled with challenges we don't remember choosing, and we definitely do not appreciate having to resolve. Some of our challenges are packed with anxiety. Others seem filled with hope, while still others arrive with a deep sense of hopelessness. Many of the challenges we must face trigger deep fears and uncertainties.

I meet each client with fresh eyes and ears, and of course, an open heart. Together we explore what is going on. What is it that is disturbing your mind and your heart? What challenges are facing you today? What roadblocks are hindering your progress? It has been a privilege to sit with men and women who found, in sitting with me, a safe place to open up and share their deep concerns and problems. I see myself as a healer, even though I don't touch you physically.

Coming here from Switzerland as a 26-year-old, I have been privileged to work with people from all over the globe. I enjoy the cross-cultural dimension of my work. Come and meet and explore! 


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