ABOUT ELIZABETH CRENSHAW, LMFT
For more than 26 years, I have been a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. I have served people in need, including young children, adolescents, adults, and couples. My areas of specialty include divorce issues affecting families, crisis intervention, grief and loss issues, low self-esteem, violence, depression, and struggling teenagers. For the past ten years, I specialize in Court Involved Therapy for divorcing and separating families conducting: Child/ Family Counseling, Co-parenting, and Reunification Therapy. Collaborating with a team of professionals is an essential factor in my approach working with high conflict families. With young children, I often use art and play therapy to alleviate symptoms and resolve problems.
The breadth of my professional experience enables me to work well with a wide range of clients, including people from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds. I enjoy helping people bring peace and clarity to their troubled lives.
I am currently the Chair of the Mental Health Liaison Committee, a sub-committee of the Sonoma County Bar Association's Family Law Section and previously served for three years in the past. In 2013, I was awarded the Pro Bono award by the Sonoma County Bar Association.
In addition to my private practice, I have held both clinical and management positions. For two years, I was the Director of Residential Services for Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc., in Boston, MA, the largest domestic violence agency in New England. I oversaw the clinical and programmatic issues of five residential shelters, serving women and children victimized by domestic violence. Our programs helped more than 100 clients daily.
I spent five years as the director of several programs within the Youth and Family Assistance network, in San Mateo County, CA, including Your House North & South (teen and family reunification programs) and the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center (for youth and adults). I also worked at Family and Community Enrichment Services, Inc. (FACES, Inc.) in San Carlos, CA, overseeing the clinic, training therapist interns for licensure, and directing the youth diversion program.
I personally started the program known as Healthy Homes, in Belmont, CA, which offers counseling for young children and their families who have witnessed domestic violence, and helps families heal from the past domestic traumas. Even during my many years of management, I have always focused on my primary passion—providing direct counseling services to people in need.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1989. I completed a Masters of Arts in counseling psychology in 1992 from Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, CA. I received my Marriage and Family Therapist license from the State of California in 1994 (MFT# 32000).