Craig Haen, PhD
Dr. Craig Haen has been working clinically with people impacted by interpersonal, developmental, and familial trauma for 15 years. He has a full-time private practice in White Plains, New York where he treats children, adolescents, adults, and families.
Dr. Haen is a graduate adjunct faculty member at New York University and Lesley University, co-chairs the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s Community Outreach Task Force (which provides trauma response to diverse communities), and is the Program Director for the Kint Institute, which will begin its inaugural year providing training in trauma and the creative arts therapies this fall.
His latest book, The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy, is forthcoming from Routledge.
No ceremony attaches to the moment that a child sees his own worth reflected in the eyes of an encouraging adult. Though nothing apparent marks the occasion, inside that child a new view of self might take hold. He is not just a person deserving of neglect or violence, not just a person who is a burden to the sad adults in his life, not just a child who fails to solve his family’s problems, who fails to rescue them from pain or madness or addiction or poverty or unhappiness. No, this child might be someone else, someone whose appearance before this one adult revealed specialness or lovability, or value.
What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?
Craig talks about how his own experiences as child and specifically the “gaps and spaces in the relationships in our family” ignited his curiosity about inspired his journey into this field.
A Crucial Early Mistake
Craig shares how what he used to consider his mistakes and errors have now shown to be “really the inevitability of working with trauma.”
For me it’s about being amazed at the self-reparative capacities that human beings have.
- Trust your whole self as an instrument. The chords that get struck in you, the way you use your voice and breath, your gaze, and how you use it in the room.
- When I can be really attentive to my own internal process it gives me a lot of information about what’s going on.
Craig’s Go-To Books
- The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence, Gavin de Becker
- Too Scared To Cry: Psychic Trauma In Childhood, Lenore Terr
- The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, David J. Morris