Dr. Hillary Schaefer

(PhD, LCP)
Therapist Dr. Hillary Schaefer Photo

About Me

Whether this is your first session or 100th, searching for a new therapist can feel overwhelming or daunting. Picking a person you trust to hear your struggles from a picture and a paragraph is no small thing! Here’s a little bit more about me to help guide your decision.

PLEASE NOTE: as of December 2020, all my West Coast time evening slots are full. I do apologize, these times go fast! I have evening spots for New Yorkers and West Coast business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm) spots available.

My background:
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with experience working with clients of diverse backgrounds. I earned my doctorate in 2013 from the University of Virginia and have worked in clinic, hospital, university, and military settings. Previously, I saw clients at and directed a clinic for families and children, and I also have more general experience across age groups and areas of concern. I feel comfortable helping you with stress and anxiety, depression and self-esteem, trauma, motivation, parenting issues, relationship concerns, LGBTQ+ issues, Veteran or military issues, and can provide support for medical difficulties of your own or in those you love. I’m excited to step into an online platform and continue to help clients see their strengths.

My practice:
I aim to create an environment where you feel understood and supported, but also leave with practical tools that you can use immediately. I strive for transparency and collaboration, and want us to work together to find pathways to your goals. My approach is anchored in sound science and best practices, with plenty of wiggle room to adjust to who you are as a person and what works best for you. No matter what, I believe that there is a better, happier version of your life and I’d be privileged to help you find it.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
  • ADHD
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Compassion fatigue , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


Psychologist #022053 (Expires: 2022-10-31)

Psychologist #PY.61029319 (Expires: 2023-11-15)


Written by J.O. on Dec 22, 2020 after counseling with Hillary for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

I’m constantly amazed by Dr.Schaefer’s ability to hear the subtle/nuanced /unconscious concern and being it to the light. I’m forever grateful that I took this step and signed up for this service.

Written by H.A. on Dec 22, 2020 after counseling with Hillary for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

My sessions with Dr. Schaefer are immensely helpful. I highly recommend her and BetterHelp.

Written by J.E. on Dec 07, 2020 after counseling with Hillary for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, and self esteem

My main worry starting therapy was that I would end up with a therapist that I didn’t “vibe” with. After the thorough questionnaire I was placed with Dr. Schaefer and I couldn’t be happier. She is fantastic and I feel like she gets me. I couldn’t have gotten through this pandemic without her support.

Written by B.I. on Feb 21, 2020 after counseling with Hillary for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

I cannot say enough how much I ADORE Hillary. From the start she made me feel so heard and made me laugh a genuine laugh when I was in the midst of a situational depression. She is responsive to my random messages, acknowledges skills I bring to our sessions, and again...makes me laugh! Therapy is such a vulnerable thing and I am so grateful to her and BetterHelp for giving me a chance to regain control over the spinning plates and to loosen my grip on this truly out of my power.