Therapy Office of Craig Kern

Psychotherapy, Couples/Marriage and Family Counseling

I believe that counseling and therapy can help strengthen families, heal relationships, and promote personal growth. I hold a Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edwards' University and am licensed by the State of Texas as a professional counselor (LPC) and Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I see clients in a private office in Austin, Texas and provide coaching by phone and Skype to persons across the country. I welcome your call.

Empathic Presence: How to Create Transformational Shifts with your Clients by Accessing Core Needs

I'm co-hosting this Non-Violent Communication Training in March this year. Open to therapists, coaches, and interns!

SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODES!!! Get them while they’re hot! At the basis of all healing and transformation is a person being deeply heard by another. In this two day immersion in Compassionate, Nonviolent Communication, a model developed by psychologist Marshall Rosenberg PhD and based on the work of Carl Rogers, we will experience first hand the profound im...

Come learn how to understand and express your feelings and needs wholesomely! Open to everyone!

SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODES!!! Get them while they’re hot!

A Small Reflection, No. 5 – Therapy Office of Craig Kern “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread them under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dr...

"We wait in silence. In silence all our usual patterns assault us. Our patterns of control, addiction, negativity, tension, anger, and fear assert themselves. . . . Contemplation is not first of all consoling, which is why so many give up. Yes, the truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable." —Richard Rohr
Read his meditation "Watching the River"

Fierce Surrender: Seven Teachings for Chronic Pain and Lyme Disease - Amita Schmidt

My friend Amita is a healer and psychotherapist in Hawaii. Spiritual survival methods for chronic pain, Lyme disease, and autoimmune illnesses.

Earth Will Cross the Climate Danger Threshold by 2036 The rate of global temperature rise mayhave hit a plateau, but a climate crisis still looms in the near future

Timeline Photos

Keep Talking: Psychopharmacology & Psychotherapy

Dr. Frank Anderson, psychiatrist and Internal Family Systems psychotherapist, joins Gay Maxwell, host of Keep Talking, to explain when and why a psychiatric ...

Amazing Classical Mashup between 33 composers

This is just marvelous! 57 famous classical tunes by 33 composers woven together . How many can you identify? Solution: Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik K525 0:01 Haydn Symphony 94 "Surprise" II 0:01 Beethoven Symphony 9 IV (Ode to Joy) 0:06 Mendelssohn Wedding March in Midsummer Night's Dream, sec

My wish: To launch a new era of openness in business

Delaware is the easiest place in the world to set up an anonymous company.

Bad guys use anonymous companies to hide stolen money and commit crimes they are not held responsible for. #panamapapers Anonymous companies protect corrupt individuals – from notorious drug cartel leaders to nefarious arms dealers – behind a shroud of mystery that makes it almost impossible to find and hold them responsible. But anti-corruption activist Charmian Gooch hopes to change all that. At TED2014, she shares…


Five reasons why architect Zaha Hadid was a badass.

The Post and Courier

Anything is possible if you imagine it.

What an incredible moment. Marka Danielle Rodgers became the first paraplegic to finish the 6.2 mile Cooper River Bridge Run today! Read her story:

Internal Family Systems Video 3 This is an overview of the role of the 'Self' in Internal Family Systems.

The vagus nerve, emotions and the difficulty with mindfulness practices

This is a great understanding of the physical sensations of trauma. “Now, many people who don’t know a lot about trauma think that trauma has something to do with something that happened to you a long time ago. In fact, the past is the past and the only…


This is a great video about sexual consent. It's your right to give consent and you always can change your mind.

The UK explained sexual consent in the most British way possible.

The video is being used by Thames Valley Police courtesy of and Blue Seat Studios.

Copyright © 2015 RockStarDinosaurPiratePrincess and Blue Seat Studios.

Images are Copyright ©2015 Blue Seat Studios.

The animation was created by RockStarDinosaurPiratePrincess and Blue Seat Studios. It is being used by police, not a creation by the police.

Wear Blue for Autism Awareness Day-- Saturday, April 2.

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Pope Francis washes the feet of Muslim migrants, says we are ‘children of the same God’

Pope Francis rocks! He just so compassionate, humble, and he loves people so much. The ritual was performed in the wake of a terrorist attack in Brussels, for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.


I didn't know anything about opposums really; this opened my eyes. They can induce a near coma which confuses predators. I misunderstood what "playing 'possum" really meant. Plus, they eat 5000 ticks a year!

North America's only marsupial is sadly underappreciated.

Ways to Reduce Wasted Food

Here are some great tips about food: how to smart buy, how to manage food in a kitchen, how to donate to area food banks, and how to compost veggie scraps. Planning, prepping, and storing food can help your household waste less food.

Center for Self Leadership, IFS Therapy Training (Official Site)

The Hilton Los Angeles. 5.13.16

This is a great chance to see how powerful IFS therapy is with trauma. Dick is a great presenter and I highly recommend all LMFT, LPC therapists who are interested in this very relational and self-healing therapy to attend.

I'm very grateful to have Dick as a teacher and mentor. Thank you Dick, on behalf of myself and my clients.

Details below!

Dick Schwartz at the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists on May 13

IFS: A New Paradigm for the Treatment of Trauma
Presented by: Richard Schwartz, PhD
Friday, May 13, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Hilton Los Angeles
link for more info:
Details about the workshop.
In developing Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, Schwartz recognized that trauma forces “parts” with in clients’ selves into extreme roles that clients don’t like in ways that resemble children in traumatized families. Schwartz applied systems thinking and family therapy technique to clients’ “internal families” to create an approach that safely navigates and transforms these traumatized inner worlds. In the process, clients access and lead their lives from what he calls their Self – a calm, compassionate, courageous inner essence that their parts come to trust.
This approach hailed by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, will transform clients’ lives as they learn to heal themselves. IFS offers therapists a new empowering understanding and treatment of what have been considered scary pathological processes like dissociation, panic attacks, resistance, and suicidality.

Richard Schwartz, PhD, began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic, at the University of Illinois and at Northwestern University. Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed the Internal Family Systems model (IFS) in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves. In 2000, he founded the Center for Self Leadership (, which offers three levels of trainings and workshops in IFS for professionals and the general public, both in this country and abroad. A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published five books and over fifty articles about IFS.
Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1) Describe the IFS model and ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice;
2) Identify and work with your clients’ parts;
3) Identify and demonstrate how to work with the clinician’s won parts;
4) Summarize an alternate view of symptoms and psychopathology, understanding that these are ways your clients are trying to protect themselves from emotional pain and psychological wounding;
5) Explain how IFS increases the therapist’s curious and compassionate self when working with difficult and challenging clients;
6) Demonstrate IFS-specific grounding techniques for healing, anxiety, substance abuse and trauma.
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Fran Booth LICSW 978-475-3882 IFS is a conceptual framework and practice for developing love for ourselves and each other

In celebration of Mister Rogers' life and legacy on his birthday, here is one of his most quintessential messages of kindness.

People Are Hard-Wired To Be Kind And Generous, Says UCLA Study

"Prosocial resonance."

This reminds me of the golden rule. Two neuroscientists studied parts of the brain related to empathy and have decided that humans are hard-wired to be generous, rather than selfish.

My friend Juliane Taylor-Shore is a an established psychotherapist in Austin and she is an amazing neurobiologist. She's teaching IPNB in a 12 hr CEU training this June. I'll be there! See below:

LifeWork's mission to help our community and our youth at risk for violence and homelessness in Austin and beyond is so important. I recognize Mitch and Scurry in this picture at the National Summit on Youth Homelessness in Washington D.C. Great job guys!

Leaders from LifeWorks' residential programs were in DC this past week to attend the National Summit on Youth Homelessness.

This one-of-a-kind event focuses exclusively on how government agencies, policymakers, community leaders, services providers and other experts can partner together to #endyouthhomelessness. #nn4y2016


My friend Kelli runs this group and is a yogi and therapist. Yoga is great self care for yourself and happens within a very supportive group.

Infographic: The Truth About ACEs

The ACE study was created to find links in rising obesity rates in America.

What the study found was that the primary factor in obesity was the chronicity and intensity of violence in a persons life. This was defined as:

Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Everyone has adverse childhood experiences, it is judged not by the act of violence but by the pain and adversity it causes a child.

IMHO, this research concludes that trauma and stress caused by violence accelerates chronic inflammatory conditions: obesity, heart diseases, diabetes, auto-immune hyper activity, arthritis, etc. These are degenerative diseases.

Exposure to violence as a child creates trauma and trauma untreated becomes trapped in the body and can makes a person very physically sick for life.

Trauma can be healed with therapy but many children have these adverse experiences and can never share due to intimidation and don't get help or are not heard.

We as a community have a duty to listen and lookout for our children.

Healing trauma in a child creates developmental possibilities a child could have were it not for chronic and intense experiences of adverse domestic violence. The same goes for adults. Trauma related psychotherapies can heal trapped trauma and provide transformative change in a person's life. Family therapy is particularly helpful.

Therefore we need to end violence in the home. And in the world.

And we need to treat adverse childhood experiences with the care and healing our children really need. RWJF is part of a growing network of leaders working to increase awareness and understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the need to develop effective innovative interventions. Share our infographic.

Future brain therapies for Parkinson's possible with stem cell bioengineering innovation

New ways of regenerating neurons for my dad who has Parkinson's. "100 % increase in cell survival rates. "

Polymer scaffolding with stem cells. Scientists at Rutgers and Stanford universities have created a new technology that could someday help treat Parkinson's disease and other devastating brain-related conditions that affect millions of people. The technology -- a major innovation -- involves converting adult tissue-derived stem cells i…

The Work of the People

Brene her!!!

"Boundaries are simply what's ok and what's not ok"

Brené Brown on empathy, compassion and boundaries...

Appearances by Dr. Schwartz IFS is a conceptual framework and practice for developing love for ourselves and each other

Finding Your Parts: foundationifs

Foundation IFS version. Animated introduction to Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) for individuals or groups learning the model. Also, an initial guide t...

National Napping Day: 7 surprising benefits of taking a daily nap There can be a lot of benefits to taking some time out of your day for an afternoon nap, research suggests

Mr. Strangeloves Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Facebook – Therapy Office of Craig Kern This note is dedicated in loving memory to Stanley Kubrick and to all of our long lost friends. Hello Families! Stanley Kubrick is the greatest or one of the greatest photographers of all time. He showed the world the infinite possibilities of science fiction and cinema. His filmography is vast and…

49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child It happens to every child in one form or another – anxiety. As parents, we would like to shield our children from life’s anxious moments, but navigating anxiety is an essential life skill that will serve them in the years to come. In the...

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