About Our Practice
Tools For Success Counseling is committed to providing professional clinical treatment that addresses the social, emotional and behavioral needs of children, adults, and families in crisis. We work collaboratively with individuals served to help them advance toward improving the personal strengths and communication skills necessary for maintaining healthier more productive lives.
Through conversation, we will explore your life situations, concerns, worries, hopes, and desires in a way unique to that which you have experienced previously.
Psychotherapy can help you learn to cope with painful emotions through understanding feelings and behaviors that don’t make sense. It can help you to prevent the past from interfering with the present in order to stop self-destructive patterns and improve your personal relationships. Psychotherapy allows you to talk things over in a safe and private environment.
Tools For Success Counseling promotes self-evaluation and personal accountability in program development and service delivery. Services are provided in a safe and confidential environment.
Meet Our Team
Founder of Tools for Success
"My name is Tamera Crenshaw. I received my BA from the University of Massachusetts –Amherst, and my MA in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts –Dartmouth. I am both licensed in Mass and CT. I have experience working in residential settings, hospitals, schools, insurance companies, and within higher education. I started Tools for Success Counseling in 2014 with the goal of decreasing the mental health stigma within the African American community. I am passionate about providing treatment for individuals underserved and underrepresented.
In addition to providing outpatient services in the community; I am a member of the American Psychological Association. I am currently an Adjunct Professor at Westfield State University, an Executive Board member for the not for profit organization Dress for Success, currently serving as Committee Chair for the Health Task Force Committee for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Springfield Alumnae Chapter. When not working or focused on the responsibilities noted above, I enjoy spending time with my amazing daughter/family/friends, exploring alternative healing, working out, and traveling."
Clinical Director LICSW
"I am Shalonda Edwards and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with eleven years of clinical experience supporting individuals in therapy, crisis and multiple other settings.
Therapy is much more than talking out your thoughts. I believe when engaged in therapy, individuals can feel supported, validated, and encouraged to overcome or get through anything. There is a misconception that therapy is only for people who have severe mental health issues or significant issues functioning. Although therapy is likely to be helpful for these people, when effective it can be helpful for most people in dealing with a wide array of life's most stressful issues. Therapy can help you in relationships, being more productive at work, overcoming generational trauma, environmental trauma, or just working through feeling stuck in general.
I am trained in several types of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I have significant experience working with school-aged youth, teenagers, and from more diverse backgrounds. It would be my pleasure to support you in achieving your therapeutic goals."