attachment and trauma psychotherapy

About Shirley

Shirley CrenshawCrenshaw Inc. is the private practice of Shirley Crenshaw. Shirley currently resides in St. Louis, MO where she has been providing psychotherapy services for over 15 years. Her qualifications and experience make Shirley one of the most recognized professionals specializing in Attachment and Trauma therapy.

To get in touch with Shirley please visit the Contact page.

Shirley Crenshaw, MSW, LCSW

Education

  • Masters of Social Work @ Washington University, St. Louis, MO (1991 - 1995)
  • May 1995 Class Marshal
  • Specialization - Family Therapy: Concentration in Children and Youth
  • Bachelors of Arts in Psychology @ Washington University, St. Louis, MO (1969 - 1974)
  • Awarded 4-year full academic scholarship

Experience

  • Child and Family Therapist (1995 - Present)
  • Individual and family therapy - focusing primarily on treating children with attachment disturbances and their families
  • Areas of expertise - attachment disturbances/disorders, pre/post-adoption therapy, physical and sexual abuse, anxiety, trauma, stress, grief work, and chronic pain
  • Therapies utilized - E.M.D.R. (Level II, 06/98), Cognitive-Behavioral, Systems, Bowenian, Narrative, Attachment Therapy, Solution-Focused, Strategic, and Psychoeducational Modalities including assertiveness and relaxation training
  • Conducted divorce recovery groups (1997 – 1999)
  • Private Practice (1999 - Present)
  • Family Wellness Counseling (1995 - 1999)
  • formerly Epworth Counseling Services
  • Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services (1980 - 2002)
  • Special Needs Adoption Specialist: 1987-2002
  • Child Protective Services Worker: 1985-1987
  • Follow-Up Caseworker: 1980-1985
  • Missouri Division of Family Services (1975 - 1980)
  • Social Service Worker, Protective Services Unit: 1977–1980
  • Caseworker, Food Stamp Unit: 1975-1977
  • Mental Health Association of Houston and Harris Counties (Summer 1969)
  • Intern - Awarded internship in a residential and out-patient facility for clients with moderate to severe mental health disorders

Professional Development

  • Cognitive Behavioral Supervision Group (June - August 1993)
  • Associations
  • EMDR supervision group (1998-present)
  • Registered Clinician of ATTACh (Association for the Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children) One of only two registered clinicians in Missouri Completed over 200 training hours in attachment therapy workshops
  • Member, NASW
  • Member, Missouri Society of Clinical Social Workers
  • Member, American Mental Health Alliance
  • Member, Psychotherapy St. Louis
  • Additional Training
  • Five national conferences sponsored by ATTACh
  • Special Needs Adoption
  • Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Level I & II)
  • EMDR with children
  • EMDR with victims of childhood abuse, neglect, and other traumas
  • EMDR and Attachment Disorders
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Parenting Skills
  • Family Therapy
  • Adolescents in Crisis
  • Juvenile Law
  • Stress Management
  • Compulsive Behaviors
  • Early Infant Trauma
  • Loss, Separation, and Grief
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Couples and Intimacy Therapy

Shirley Crenshaw CVTo download a pdf version of Shirley's FULL CV (Curriculum Vitae) click here.

Workshops and Training Conducted/Planned

  • October 8, 2016
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Trauma and Attachment Disturbances", sponsored by Missouri Association of Clinical Social Workers (Jenny Voss), St. Louis, MO
  • July 27, 2016
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Trauma and Attachment Disturbances", sponsored by Behavioral Health Division (Tracie Lima, Deputy Director of Clinical Services), Yreka, CA
  • March 9, 2016
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Trauma and Attachment Disturbances", sponsored by Care and Counseling, Inc. (Ron Scott), St. Louis, MO
  • January 20, 2015
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Trauma and Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom", sponsored by Wentzville School District (Kristina Sullivan), Wentzville, MO
  • April 9, 2014
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Trauma and Attachment Disturbances", sponsored by Ann Martin Center (Laurie Lober, Clinical Director), Emeryville, CA
  • January 10, 2014
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Trauma and Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom", Developmental Child Care Center (Terry Bloomberg, Director), St. Louis, MO
  • February 1, 2013
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Early Trauma and Attachment Disturbances", sponsored by by CHASI (Karan Kowal), Collinsville, IL
  • January 25, 2013
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Trauma and Attachment Disturbances", sponsored by Crider Health Center (Bonnie Bobbett), Wentzville, MO
  • December 9, 2012
    Workshop on "Children with Trauma & Attachment Disturbances", sponsored by Missouri Association of Clinical Social Workers (Jesse Berg, LMSW), St. Louis, MO
  • November 9, 2012
    Workshop on "Children with Trauma & Attachment Disturbances, Healing the Most Challenging Children", sponsored by www.pesi.com, Lincoln, NE
  • November 8, 2012
    Workshop on "Children with Trauma & Attachment Disturbances, Healing the Most Challenging Children", sponsored by www.pesi.com, Omaha, NE
  • October 19, 2012
    Workshop on "Children with Trauma & Attachment Disturbances, Healing the Most Challenging Children", sponsored by www.pesi.com, Pittsburgh, PA
  • October 18, 2012
    Workshop on "Children with Trauma & Attachment Disturbances, Healing the Most Challenging Children", sponsored by www.pesi.com, Erie, PA
  • October 17, 2012
    Workshop on "Children with Trauma & Attachment Disturbances, Healing the Most Challenging Children", sponsored by www.pesi.com, Cleveland, OH
  • September 10, 2012
    Panel Discussion on "Children with Early Trauma/Attachment Disturbances and Addictions", sponsored by State of New Mexico; Las Vegas, NM
  • August 7, 2012
    Webcast/radio broadcast on "Children with Early Trauma/Attachment Disturbances", sponsored by www.womr.org (Larry Mahon), Cape Cod, MA
  • June 22, 2012
    Workshop on "Children with Trauma & Attachment Disturbances, Healing the Most Challenging Children", sponsored by www.pesi.com and Middle Flint Behavioral Healthcare Americus Outpatient Clinic, Americus, GA
  • May 2012
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom", sponsored by St. Theodore School, Wentzville, MO
  • May 15, 2012
    Webcast/radio broadcast on "Children with Early Trauma/Attachment Disturbances", sponsored by www.womr.org (Larry Mahon), Cape Cod, MA
  • March 23, 2012
    Workshop on "Children with Trauma & Attachment Disturbances, Healing the Most Challenging Children", sponsored by www.pesi.com, Arlington Heights, IL
  • March 22, 2012
    Workshop on "Children with Trauma & Attachment Disturbances, Healing the Most Challenging Children", sponsored by www.pesi.com, Oakbrook, IL (national webinar)
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  • March 21, 2012
    Workshop on "Children with Trauma & Attachment Disturbances, Healing the Most Challenging Children", sponsored by www.pesi.com, Tinley Park, IL
  • February 2011
    Workshop on "Children with Trauma & Attachment Disturbances, Healing the Most Challenging Children", sponsored by www.pesi.com, San Diego, CA
  • February 2011
    Workshop on "Children with Trauma & Attachment Disturbances, Healing the Most Challenging Children", sponsored by www.pesi.com, Carlsbad, CA
  • November/December 2011
    Series of workshop on "Working with Children with Early Trauma/Attachment Disturbances", sponsored by Crider Health Center (Vicky Walker), Wentzville, MO
  • October 2011
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom", sponsored by Spoede School, St. Louis, MO
  • October 2011
    Panel on "Using EMDR for Complex Trauma", sponsored by CoCan (Nancy Spargo), St. Louis, MO
  • October 2011
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom", sponsored by Crider Health Center (Vicky Walker), Wentzville, MO
  • September 2011
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom", sponsored by Mehlville High School, St. Louis, MO
  • August 2011
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances", sponsored by Crider Health Center (Vicky Walker), Wentzville, MO (training for staff only)
  • July 2011
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom", sponsored by JTC Academy (Melissa Harris), E. St. Louis, IL
  • June 2011
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Residential Setting", sponsored by Transitional Center (Joyce Pfennig), Centreville, IL
  • June 2011
    Panel Participant at FCC (Families with Children from China) cultural event (Jackie kam-Blackard), St. Louis, MO
  • April 2011
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroon", sponsored by Sr. Thea Bowman School, E. St. Louis, IL
  • April 2011
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances", sponsored by Open Arms Ministries (Kim Smith), St. Peters, MO
  • March 2011
    Workshop on "Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances", sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Church (Tammy Moran: 636-464-1013, ext 226), Imperial, MO
  • March 2011
    Workshop on “Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances”, sponsored by NAMI Illinois (Jane Roennigke), “Piecing It All Together Conference”, Edwardsville, IL
  • January – December 2010
    Series of 8 training sessions on “Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances”, sponsored by Crider Health Center (Vicky Walker, Children’s Services Manager), Wentzville, MO
  • December 2010
    Training on “Treating Trauma and Related Attachment Disturbances of Children”, Sponsored by Love Basket (Frank Block)
  • November 2010
    Workshop on “Treating Trauma and Related Attachment Disturbances of Children”, sponsored by MO Society of Clinical Social Workers (Dawn Winters, www.mscsw.com), St. Louis, MO
  • October 2010
    Workshop on “Treating Trauma and Related Attachment Disturbances of Children”, Sponsored by Open Arms Ministry (Kim Smith), St. Peters, MO
  • October 2010
    Workshop on “Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances”, sponsored by Franklin Country Crider Health Center (Cindy Luce, Franklin County Children’s Program Manager), Franklin County, MO
  • October 2010
    Workshop on “Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom”, sponsored by Crider Health Center (Vicky Walker, Children’s Services Manager), Wentzville, MO
  • October 2010
    Workshop on “Treating Trauma and Related Attachment Disturbances of Children”, sponsored by Community Council of St. Charles County (Cindy Wynn, Community Networking Forum Coordinator), St. Peters, MO
  • August 2010
    Workshop on “Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom”, sponsored by Wentzville School District (Georgean Rustemeyer), Wentzville, MO
  • April 2010
    Workshop on “Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom”, sponsored by Pevely Elementary School (Sherri Lindquist), Pevely, MO
  • March 2010
    Workshop on “Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom”, sponsored by Crider Health Center (Vicky Walker, Children’s Services Manager), Wentzville, MO
  • March 2010
    Workshop on “The Impact of Attachment Disorder on the Educational Setting”, sponsored by Special Education, Edwardsville Schools (Beth Crumbacher, Coordinator, Special Education)
  • December 2009
    Workshop on “Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom”, sponsored by Special School District of St. Louis County (Dee Byrnes, Director of Ritenour School District), St. Louis, MO
  • October 2009
    Workshop on “Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom”, sponsored by Winfield R-IV School District (Rita Oddie, Director of Special Services), Winfield, MO
  • October 2009
    Workshop on “Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom”, sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School (Mary Ellen Smith, Principal), Imperial, MO
  • October 2009
    Workshop on “Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom”, sponsored by Bellerive Elementary School (Christine Sweeney), St. Louis, MO
  • August 2009
    Workshop on “Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom”, sponsored by St. Ambrose School (Joan Stark), St. Louis, MO
  • June 2009
    Workshop on “Healing Attachment Wounds”, sponsored by Family Resource Center (Laura Gulley), St. Louis, MO
  • May 2009
    Workshop on “Early Trauma/Attachment Disturbances of Children”, sponsored by Kaiser Hayward Medical Center (Dr. Michael Sands), Union City, CA
  • March 2009
    Workshop on “Treating Trauma and Related Attachment Disturbances of Children”, sponsored by Piecing It All Together (Jane Roennigke), SIU- Edwardsville, IL
  • January 2009
    Workshop on “Treating Trauma and Related Attachment Disturbances of Children”, sponsored by Crider Center (Katrina Harper), St. Charles, MO
  • January 2009
    Workshop on “Treating Trauma and Related Attachment Disturbances of Children”, sponsored by Fostering Hope (Barbara Lara), Colorado Springs, CO
  • December 2009
    Workshop on “Treating Trauma and Related Attachment Disturbances of Children”, sponsored by St. Charles County Family Court (Raymond Grush), St. Charles, MO
  • December 2009
    Panel Presentation on Evidence-Based Practice for Kids: "Roadmap for Preventing Child Maltreatment", Sponsored by Washington University and Family Resource Center (Lora Gulley), St. Louis, MO
  • November 2008
    Workshop on “Treating Trauma and Related Attachment Disturbances of Children”, sponsored by Children’s Medical Resource Network (SIU – Medical School), (arranged by Ginger Meyer), Anna, IL
  • September 2008
    Workshop on “Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom”, sponsored by Northeast Middle School (Parkway District), (arranged by Mary Jones), St. Louis, MO
  • August 2008
    Workshop on “Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom”, sponsored by St. Mary’s High School, (arranged by Valerie Todd), St. Louis, MO
  • August 2008
    Workshop on “Working with Children with Attachment Disturbances in the Classroom”, sponsored by St. Clement School, Des Pere, MO
  • July 2008
    Workshop on “Treating Attachment Disturbances of Children”, sponsored by Family Facets, (arranged by Sheila Searfoss), St. Louis, MO
  • June 2008
    Workshop on “Using the Family in Treating Attachment Disturbances of Children”, sponsored by Catholic Social Services of Southern Illinois, (arranged by Cyndi Thomas), Belleville, IL
  • May 2008
    Workshop on “Treating Attachment Disturbances of Children”, sponsored by Phoenix Crisis Center: Safe From the Start, (arranged by Julie Pohlman), Edwardsville, IL
  • *Additional workshops are listed on Shirley's FULL CV.