Derek Crain, MSW, LICSW, DCSW
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), with a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. Additionally, I have met the requirements and hold the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) credential as well as the Diplomate of Clinical Social Workers credential (DCSW). These are nationally recognized and a highly valued Social Work credentials demonstrating my time and dedication to the field of Clinical Social Work. I am also an Approved Supervisor for Social Workers and other Mental Health Professionals seeking licensure.
I was born and raised in the Greater Los Angeles area in a single parent home. My hard-working mom did everything she could to provide for my younger sister and I. As a family, we endured many financial hardships and lived in economically impoverished areas such as Watts and East LA. I remember at an early age watching my mother- she dealt not only with feelings of poor self worth in a society that condemned broken marriages, but had to battle her way through the California State Welfare system just to meet our basic needs. She showed me the value of education and hard work. In 1987, when I was 15 years old, I watched my mom walk across the graduate stage earning her RN degree when she was 32 years old. Her rise above in extreme adversity inspired me. I followed her lead and earned a double bachelors degree in Sociology and Criminology from California State University Northridge in 1995.
In my early twenties I was drawn to working with ‘At Risk’ youth. I was quickly humbled by that hardened patient population, and my ideals of 'saving the world' diminished. But my drive to serve them did not, and I moved forward on my path to Clinical Social Work. I spent the next 8 years working as a counselor with adolescents with mental health disorders in the Los Angeles and Seattle area. While working on my graduate degree, I worked with the acutely mentally ill at Fairfax Psychiatric hospital in Kirkland WA. In 2003, I earned my Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Washington, specializing in mental health and health care. It was then I began my career in the hospital setting providing complex case management and social services to the hospital patient population. I continued to pursue my dream of opening my own private practice and was licensed in 2007. I have spent the last eight years building this dream, and now am so fortunate to serve my community as a mental health therapist and coach. I continue to enjoy working with acute and chronic mental illness, family therapy including adolescents with behavioral and impulse control issues, and a wide variety of other diagnoses and life barriers. I have a strong sense of who I am as a clinician, and my integrity and compassion shine through in all the work that I do.
I primarily practice from a mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy approach, partnering with my clients to learn how to understand and truly accept their suffering. I will teach you to tune into your authentic self, to accept both the good and unfavorable parts of the self, without judgment. I believe that when you can accept that suffering is a part of our existence, you can begin to truly be with yourself, just as you are, and recognize and implement functional patterns of coping with your unfavorable selves- including addictive, avoiding, compulsive, aggressive and controlling behaviors.
My primary areas of focus include: addiction related issues including sex addiction, acute mental health diagnoses such as Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia, relationship issues, adolescents, family therapy, as well as depression and anxiety.