Elizabeth Crenshaw, MFT
For more than 17 years, I have served people in need, including young children, adolescents, adults, and couples. My areas of specialty include crisis intervention, grief and loss issues, low self-esteem, violence, depression, struggling teenagers, divorce issues affecting children, and co-parenting. I also counsel families and individual adults through life transitions and developmental stages. 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 a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition to my private therapy 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).