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Dr. David A. Crenshaw, Director  

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Dr. Crenshaw is the proud recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hudson Valley Psychological Association.

Dr. Crenshaw is co-editing a series of books for Guilford.  Please click here for his Guilford books and ordering information.

 Rosie, first NY trial dog and what you can do to support Rosie's Law

"Heartfelt Feelings" Coloring Cards

Certified translations in 8 languages

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Dr. Crenshaw's book Bereavement: Counseling the Grieving throughout the Life Cycle is so successful that it is now in its third printing and earned an average customer rating of 4.0 out of 5 starsfrom Amazon.com      

Read Dr. Crenshaw's articles in Play Therapy magazine by clicking on title: "Should I Be Worried?"  "Selective Mutism" "Preverbal Trauma" "No Time or Place for Child's Play" "Sounds of Silence" "Symbolism of Windows and Doors in Play Therapy" "The Wonder of It All" "Rosie Goes to Court"  "Secrets Told to Ivy"  with permission of Play Therapy Magazine.  

Two New Poetry Books By David A. Crenshaw (click on titles for details)       The Vision of the Heart  and A Place of Healing and Hope

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Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Wounded Spirits and Healing Paths,

Therapeutic Engagement of Children and Adolescents

Understanding and Treating the Aggression of Children: Fawns in Gorilla Suits

Understanding and Treating Aggressive Children: Fawns in Gorilla Suits

Handbook of Play Therapy with Aggressive Children


Evocative Strategies in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Presentations- Including Upcoming
Testimonials from Presentations
Dr. Crenshaw's Publications
DVD on Grief
...Heart Symbol Strategies
...Heartfelt Feelings Coloring Card Kit
...Party Hats on Monsters
...Anger Modulation Drawings
...The Ship Prepares for Voyage
...The Magic Key
...The Fair Trial
...The Tree at the Top of the Hill
...Falling Leaves
...Holiday Writing Exercises
...Three Doors
Articles for Parents and Teachers
Article: Empathic Healer
Article: The Fawns beneath the Gorilla Suits
Article: The Hidden Dimensions
Article: Sounds of Children's Silence
Article: Windows to the Child�s Soul
Article: Selective Mutism
Article: Sealing off the Fountain
Article: by Liana Lowenstein, MSW
Article: Rosie the Golden Retriever
Poetry... Musings of the Soul
...Multicultural Language of Healing a Child
...Poetry Book-The Vision of the Heart
...Poetry Book-A Place of Healing and Hope
Tribute to Survivors of Domestic Violence
"My Wish for Children"
YouTube Videos
About Dr. Crenshaw

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Copyright � 2004-2015 by David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP. All rights reserved.

"The Empathic Healer"

 By David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP


     Are the days of the empathic healer numbered? Is the empathic healer an endangered species? This question was raised in the title of a thought- provoking book by Harvard psychiatrist Michael Bennett (2001). In a fast paced world seeking quick fixes to all that ails them and a managed health care system forever trying to squeeze the health care providers and patients to wring out costs to maximize corporate profits, has the heart gone out of the health care system?

     My colleague Kenneth V. Hardy, Ph.D., Director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York City and I (2005) have addressed this issue in a recent book chapter on traumatized and aggressive youth in the child welfare system.  We do not deny that a significant number of people are helped by psychiatric medications that have been developed, especially in the last two decades, and we recognize these medications have relieved the mental suffering of countless people. We believe with great conviction, however, that children and youth (not to mention adults) still need and perhaps, more so in today�s world, an empathic healer to listen to their story.  

     We have learned through our clinical experience that children, adolescents and families will only tell their story in the presence of an empathic healer. Children, and even animals, can tell when someone really cares and when they don�t and they are never fooled. As far as we know there is no pharmaceutical remedy, no pill of any kind that can heal a hole in the heart of a child, the crushing of the spirit of youth, the most devastating of all injuries. We believe as long as there is violence in our world, hatred among humans, poverty, crime, racial, class, and gender bias, there will remain the need for an empathic healer.



Bennett, M. (2001). The empathic healer: An endangered species. San Diego, CA: Academic Press. 

Crenshaw, D. A. & Hardy, K. V. (2005). Understanding and treating the aggression of traumatized children in out-of-home care. In N. B. Webb (ed.), Working with traumatized youth in child welfare, pp. 171-195. New York: Guilford Press.


Copyright � 2006 by David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP.  All rights reserved.