This month our social media maven, Sara Paules, is highlighting local therapist Anne Crawford who is an LPC in the Austin area. She sat down with her to ask her a few questions.
Hi Anne! So excited to get to chat with you today and want to thank you for putting in the time to meet with me. I read a bio you wrote recently where you described yourself as having a wicked sense of humor and knew right away I wanted to interview you and see what you're all about. I guess to start right off the bat, tell me a little bit about what your niche is?
Thanks and no problem at all. I'm happy to do this! To answer your question, I really have three primary areas that come up for me: attachment issues, life transitions and mid-life work.
Tell me about what got you interested in working with those different specializations?
Well, I really got into attachment issues because of my own attachment work. I enjoy helping others recognize these issues and working on how it impacts the person's current relationship.
As far as life transitions go, I just feel like everyone experiences some type of transition whether it's the transition out of marriage or transition into a new job or new decade in life. Some life experiences appear devastating on the surface, but most times you can find the golden nuggets in those experiences and begin to shift one’s thinking. I find those times to be very interesting to work on with people.
And mid-life work is fulfilling for me because it’s a time in a person’s life where they’re wondering if they want to live the second half of their life like the first half. Many times people do a 180 in their careers or they do deeper spiritually. It’s ripe with material to work on.
It sounds like you have a pretty good idea about what clients you enjoy working with and why. What about long-term or short term work? Which do you prefer to work with and how did you come to this conclusion?
Although I've done and sometimes still do some short-term work, personally I prefer long-term work. I realize long-term therapy is not for everyone, however, I appreciate the aspects of deeper therapeutic work. Deepening your experience in life has not only been beneficial for me personally, but it’s also been extremely rewarding to help others enrich their own lives at that deeper level.
You sound very passionate about the work you do and I keep hearing you relate back to your own experiences in therapy which I know is a big reason why many therapists get into this field. That being said, how did you know you wanted to be a therapist?
Well for a long time I felt like it would be something I’d enjoy, but I didn’t think I could go back to school after a 20-year hiatus. However, when I really began to think about my career in a different way it all came back to my own therapeutic work. It was the one area of my life I had been devoted to for 20+ years. I never wavered on it and I knew what a difference it made for me personally and professionally.
Thank you for sharing! Okay, so therapy talk aside, tell me a random fact about you.
Hah, I’m not sure this is particularly interesting, but in the late 90’s I drafted voice actor agreements for all the Walt Disney animation and Pixar films.
Whaaat?!?! No way! That's awesome!
Okay, next question: Do you have any private practice goals for the next year? Anything you're struggling with as a new therapist that you're hoping to work on?
My main goal is to do more networking. Networking functions are a bit uncomfortable for me, but I’ve made a commitment this year to put myself out into the community.
What is the best piece of advice that was given to you about starting a private practice that has been helpful for you so far?
One thing that has really stuck with me is to make relationships that can support you for a lifetime. Having close friends and colleagues who are eager to recommend your services when needed is a real gift when you’re starting out.
Love this! So that's the end of our interview. I just wanted to say thanks again for sharing your time and wish you luck in all your future private practice endeavors! And if anyone is interested in reaching out to Anne, we've listed her contact information at the bottom of this page.
Anne E. Crawford, LPC