Thanksgiving, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

I watched my husband play the Incredible Hulk in a psycho-drama workshop we did together many years ago.  He startled me with his “acting” talent and ability, transforming from the kindhearted, tender man I knew him to be, when he appeared on set painted green and angry.  Freedom and power exuded from every cell of his being.  I felt joyful. 

I wanted to feel THAT! 

There was a moment, it’s difficult to say when it happened, the shackles of emotional self-restriction and identification fell away from me with the same fierceness and power represented by the Incredible Hulk.  I discovered who I really was.  I could feel it.  I realized I had been hiding behind what was no longer working for me.

The façade fell away, I was no longer able to lie to myself for long about who I really am.

I began to hate playing games and indulging in illusions. I became honest with myself at the expense of losing everything.

Joe Dispensa says it best:

            You know what?  It doesn’t matter if I don’t make you happy any longer.

            I’m through obsessing about how I look or what other people are thinking about me.

            I’m finished living for everyone else.

            I want to be free from these chains.

I’m thinking it rather strange what a Teacher/Healer like me is grateful for at this time of year.

I love my life, my work, my husband, my daughters, my grandsons, my family.  But, I am fiercely in love with the truth I feel within myself at this stage of my life. I am filled with love and gratitude for the fruits of this journey and would not trade this authentic feeling for anything else.

I startle myself as the shackles of bondage fall away watching my rage and compliance rise up into yet another layer of being myself.  

For this and all the other Blessings of my life I give thanks.  


Susan Austin-Crumpton
   Executive Director & Founder
   The Estuary, Inc.


Susan Austin-Crumpton

Susan Austin-Crumpton, Executive Director and Founder of The Estuary and The School of Healing Arts. Susan’s intention to be fully present and alive with passion and joy requires an authenticity that is her hallmark. Dedication to study and commitment to her clients and students provides The Estuary and the community involved with purpose and meaning not often found in traditional leadership. Susan Austin-Crumpton speaks of The Estuary as being like a wheel, with the staff being each of the spokes, the programs and services as the rim and she is the hub of energy and identity at the center. As the founder of The Estuary and The School of Healing Arts, she has developed the healing techniques and skills taught by the school and integrated into the individual practices of the staff. Susan’s leadership, innovative practice methods and classes have created the foundation of The Estuary and The School. Her varied career history as business owner, a teacher, and a psychotherapist, make her uniquely qualified to bring grounding to healing practices that originate outside the medical and psychological mainstream. Her techniques are truly complimentary to allopathic medicine and traditional psychotherapy, not in conflict with them, as is evidenced by the community support and acceptance over the past twenty years. As the primary teacher at The School of Healing Arts she combines the techniques of energy healing and psychology with Kabbalistic principles into her psychotherapy techniques that bring lasting change into the lives of those who work with her. She works with individuals and groups specializing in depression, anxiety, couples, health issues, addiction, and spiritual connection to life’s meaning and purpose. Susan has completed four years of study in healing science with The Barbara Brennan School of Healing Science and three years of study in Integrative Kabbalistic Healing with Jason Shulman's A Society of Souls. She also holds a degree in counseling psychology from the University of Louisville. She is a pastoral counselor ordained by The Estuary. Susan specializes in integrating transpersonal psychology with energy therapies effectively embodying the mind, body and spirit connection. She has been in private practice for 18 years serving individual processes, coupleship work, group experiences, and health related issues. She is the primary teacher at The School of Self Healing Arts and teaches transpersonal psychology, energy anatomy and therapies, world religion, and experiential therapy techniques. Susan is married and has two daughters and two grandchildren. She loves to study, to learn and grow personally and professionally, and is committed to the well being of her family, students and clients.