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Dr. David A. Crenshaw, Director  

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 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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"Windows to the Child�s Soul"

By David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP

     A popular English proverb states: �The eyes are a window to the soul.� Likewise, I have always loved the Native American Proverb (Zona, 1994), �The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears� (p.66).  I am also inspired and stimulated by the words of the Irish poet and philosopher, John O� Donohue. In The Invisible World (1997), he describes how some humans have seen things that no human beings should ever have to see and you can see it in their eyes. When you look deeply into their eyes you will notice a deep sadness, a darkness that no light can reach. I was deeply moved and reflected on what O�Donohue expressed so beautifully in light of my experience of nearly four decades with children who have suffered lacerations to the soul. O�Donohue is right�you can see it in their eyes. Human beings are capable of hiding their inner pain in an endless variety of ways but they are unable to hide the profound sadness in their eyes. It is there for us to see, if we dare to look closely. It is painful to look at that degree of sadness in the eyes of our fellow human beings, especially the eyes of children. I choose to believe that lightness can still reach the darkness deep in the soul of children and am heartened by Bessel van der Kolk�s (2003) admonition that �We assume everything is reversible until clinically proven otherwise.� The soul can only have a rainbow if the eyes have had tears. We do not appreciate the gift of life, love, caring, friendships, health, and meaningful connections with others until sadly, we are brought to our knees by a devastating loss. But whether there is only darkness or eventually a rainbow in the soul depends not only on the inner strengths of a child, adult, and his/her family but how much we as healers are willing to approach the darkness so that the child is not alone and gradually can once again allow in the light.


O�Donohue, J. (1997) The invisible world. (An audio recording) Louisville, CO: Sounds True, Inc. 

Van der Kolk, B. (2003). Frontiers of trauma treatment. Presentation at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium (March, 2003). Washington, DC. 

Zona, G. A. 1994. The soul would have no rainbow and other Native American Proverbs.  New York: Touchstone Books.


Copyright � 2007 by David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP.  All rights reserved.