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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

Books below are available in paperback at 20% discount. To order click on the book images below or simply call 1-800-462-6420.  Code # 4W9CAPBK.  If you want to read reviews first, click on book title under the book image.

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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 Heartfelt Feelings Coloring Card Strategies Kit

For the convenience of those familiar with the Kit, new ordering information is first.  Detailed information about  the Heartfelt Feelings Coloring Card Strategies Kit is below it.

All proceeds from the sale of the HFCCS Kits go to the Astor Home for Children Foundation.

The Heartfelt Feelings Coloring Card Strategies (HFCCS) Kit can be ordered from Astor Services for Children & Families website www.astorservices.org using PayPal or by contacting: Sonia Barnes-Moorhead, Executive Vice President, Astor Services for Children & Families: Home for Children Foundation, 6339 Mill St., P.O. Box 5005, Rhinebeck, NY  12572-5005.  Phone: (845) 871-1117  Fax: (845) 876-2020 Email: smoorhead@astorservices.org                              Website: www.astorservices.org 

The price for the Kit is $25.00 plus $2.95 for shipping and handling for domestic orders. Before placing an international order, please email Sonia Barnes-Moorhead for cost of mailing.  Replacement packages of 20 Relational and/or 20 Expressive cards can be ordered at the cost of $10.00 per package plus shipping & handling in the same manner.

Tools to Pursue the Heart of Therapy


The Kit consists of a printed and bound Clinical Manual and a set of 20 Expressive Cards and a set of 20 Relational Cards. We are very excited about to make the Heartfelt Feelings Coloring Card Strategies readily available to clinicians with the Clinical Manual and Card Sets combined in one ready to use package.  


The �Heartfelt Feelings Coloring Card Strategies� (HFCCS) are a series of strategies that can be used in play therapy, child therapy, family therapy, group therapy, and art therapy to facilitate the expression and sharing of heartfelt emotions. Many clinicians have used some variation of the heart shape in child, play, art therapy and other creative arts therapies.  A comprehensive review of these creative contributions can be found in the HFCCS Clinical Manual. The Manual contained in the HFCCS Kit describes, gives directions, and offers clinical examples for both the HFS and the HFCCS.  Perhaps the part of the �Heartfelt Feelings Strategies� (HFS) and the HFCCS  that most distinguishes it from all the similar strategies using the heart shape in art, child and family therapy is that in both the HFS and HFCC, Dr. Crenshaw focuses on  two core domains: Expressive and Relational. The Expressive component offers structured therapeutic practice in identifying, labeling, and expressing feelings. These are key skills in affect regulation and for developing social competence. Allan Schore (2003a; 2003b) at UCLA, in his groundbreaking work on affect regulation has demonstrated that affect dysregulation is central to almost all forms of psychopathology so therapeutic interventions that address this crucial deficit will have wide application across the psychodiagnostic spectrum.


The Relational component consists of systematic exploration of the heartfelt feelings in connection with key attachment figures and with important persons in the child�s interpersonal world. Obviously our most heartfelt emotions do not develop in a vacuum. They develop in an interpersonal context. Our most strongly experienced emotions tend to be elicited in relation to the key attachment figures in our lives. Witness the outpouring of some of the most intense emotions human beings are capable of when an attachment bond is broken. In the HFS Strategy, the relational is accomplished in two ways. Typically, Dr. Crenshaw asks the children to color the heart in relation to a very specific relational issue, such as, �Color in the heart according to how you felt, when Daddy got mad and left the house last night.� The second way the Relational component is emphasized in the HFS is in the list of follow-up questions. Some of the questions are related to the Expressive (E) component such as, �Which feeling was the strongest?� or �What feeling is the hardest for you to express?� Another group of follow-up questions however are specifically focused on Relational (R) issues such as, �Who in the family would agree with your choice of the emotion that is expressed the least in the family?� or �What emotion is most uncomfortable for you to express and who else in the family is uncomfortable expressing that same emotion?�


The social context is critical. Some children get angry at school but not at home, others get angry at home but rarely at school. In the HFCCS the cards are also divided into two succinct sets, the Expressive and the Relational, to once again emphasize these two key components. In the HFS, thirty-five sample follow-up questions are offered in the Clinical Manual to address both the Expressive and the Relational domains of the HFS. In the HFCCS, the Expressive component takes the form of practice in expressing in context over forty emotions arranged in sequential fashion to cover the developmental landscape from preschool to adolescence. The Relational component consists of forty specific directives to the child in using the HFCCS cards, such as, �Draw in the heart on the front of the card, a person who once was in your heart but no longer is.� The Clinical Manual also contains a number of variations of both the HFS and HFCCS for use in bereavement work, supervision, examining countertransference feelings, highlighting strengths, and focusing on resources within the community.


Schore, A. N. (2003a). Affect dysregulation and disorders of the self. New York: Norton.

Schore, A. N. (2003b). Affect regulation and the repair of the self. New York: Norton.