Craig Kern, LPC-S, LMFT-S
I believe that counseling and therapy can help strengthen families, heal relationships, and promote growth for individuals.
I help people heal from trauma, grief and loss. I help people learn effective and reliable relationship skills to promote greater intimacy, reduce negativity, and foster greater relationship satisfaction. These skills extend to all of the relationships we have: at home, at work, with friends, and with ourselves. I help people create greater meaning in their lives through exploration, introspection, and long-term goal setting.
I have been practicing psychotherapy and counseling in Austin, Texas, since my internship through the St. Edward’s University Master of Arts in Counseling program began in 2006. I conducted my internship at the great non-profit agency LifeWorks. LifeWorks provides extensive services to underserved families and at-risk youth in the Austin community. Since graduating from St. Edwards in 2007, I have worked at LifeWorks full time and continue to work at LifeWorks part-time as a Youth and Adult Counselor.
I hold two State of Texas licenses that are regulated by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. These licenses are formally called: Texas State Board of Examiners of Licensed Professional Counselors license (LPC-S) and Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists license (LMFT-S). I was trained as an LPC by Rebecca Calhoun, LPC-S, who currently directs Waterloo Counseling Center in Austin. I was trained as an LMFT by Charlotte McClure, LPC-S, LMFT-S, who is in private psychotherapy practice in Austin. I also have been licensed as a supervisor for Licensed Professional Counselor Interns.
I have undertaken post-graduate advanced training in Gottman couples therapy designed by Dr. John and Julie Gottman of Seattle. I received this training from Dr. Vagdevi Meunier, Ph.D, professor at St. Edward’s University and private psychotherapist in Austin.
I also have post-graduate advanced training in a therapy called EMDR. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is a trauma-processing therapy that research shows is effective for anxiety, post-traumatic stress and many other psychological issues. I received EMDR training through Rick Levinson, LCSW, a private practice psychotherapist in Austin.