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 relationhship 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
As an adjunct to individual therapy, many groups, classes and presentations are offered at the Center, including the following: men's groups, women's groups, parenting groups, codependency recovery groups, as well as step-family and single parenting groups.