My name is Wendy Crane and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice specializing in individual and couples therapy as well as hypnotherapy. I also offer yoga and meditation experiences to enhance your self-understanding. I have been counseling individuals, couples, and families for over 10 years, although informally I would say that I have been counseling people all of my life! This profession truly chose me. I graduated from the University of Florida in 1999, specializing in marriage and family therapy, and have worked in a variety of settings with a broad spectrum of clients.
As a therapist, I am interactive and collaborative. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help you effectively address personal life challenges. With compassion and understanding, I work with you to help build on your strengths, discover and express your personal truth, and empower you to attain the growth you desire. I want you to know that I would never ask you to participate in something that I have not already done myself. One aspect of me that you will come to understand quickly is that I practice what I preach. I come into every encounter with you from a genuine, honest place. We will laugh, cry, and ponder at the mysteries of life and how you might best navigate your way through. In spite of all of my training, I never claim to have all the answers; I am a lifelong student and I am always learning. I am a very spiritual person and bring an expanded viewpoint on faith to the time we spend together. In addition to being a woman in our society and a spiritual seeker, my life experiences of being married for 14 years, going through a divorce, parenting a 12-year old, and dealing with addiction and recovery in my family of origin allow me to relate to many different stories that you may share with me in therapy.
My counseling specialties focus on relationships: 1) marriage and relationship counseling, when you want to strengthen and/or heal a committed relationship; and 2) divorce recovery/rebuilding to help you end a relationship in a healthy way that serves the highest good of all parties and rebuild a new life beyond divorce. In both scenarios, you will focus on what you truly want, get down to the source of the beliefs that are blocking your success, and create a clear vision for your path forward. Within these specialties, there is room for individual counseling. As a marriage and family therapist by trade, I always see you in the context of relationships (from your family of origin influence, to past and present relationships with partners, friends, and children and even the relationship that you have with your Self).
Balancing life experience with clinical training has always been important to me. In 2009, I embarked on a journey deeper into the unconscious mind when I began training in hypnotherapy with the Wellness Institute. I had become frustrated with the limitations inherent in talk-therapy alone and I yearned to add something more so that I could help you to release emotional blocks that might be keeping you stuck. This new learning has truly changed the way I do therapy on all levels in my practice. If you get me talking about it, you will see my passion shine through. I love this work! I look forward to sharing it with you in whatever form you might connect with.
As I continued to learn and evolve throughout my career, I was inspired to create Sol Flower Wellness in 2012 as a way to expand my private practice and combine my training in yoga and meditation with my psychological expertise. In 2013, I earned my 200-hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Certification. The combination of yoga and hypnotherapy training I have received have enhanced my understanding of the mind/body relationship. My personal journey with yoga and meditation further confirm that understanding in addition to helping me heal from my divorce and live a more present-focused life. I now teach techniques, such as breathwork and meditation, which enhance and strengthen this relationship. This desire to provide a holistic integrated experience for my clients has been a life-long goal of mine.
I believe that every personal and professional experience I have encountered thus far (and continue to encounter) has helped to prepare me to meet you right where you are. Through counseling, coaching, and sharing tools with you I hope to assist you through the challenges you are facing in this moment. I welcome the opportunity to work together. Gather information as you peruse this site and please do not hesitate to email me with any questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!
Bucknell University: BA in Education with a concentration in Counseling
University of Florida: M.Ed. and Ed.S. in Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy
License & Certifications:
Florida Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist MT#1981
National Certified Counselor (NBCC)
Certified Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist (Wellness Institute); this certification exceeds the State of Florida requirements to practice hypnotherapy
Personal Transformation Intensive Leader (Wellness Institute)
Mentors Level Teacher (Wellness Institute)
Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher (200-hour from Discovery Yoga)
Memberships & Associations:
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Member
National Board of Certified Counselors, Member
Heart-Centered Therapies Association, Member