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.
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.
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
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Compassion fatigue , Adoption and Foster Care , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Dissociation , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Fertility Issues , Forgiveness , Gender Dysphoria , Guilt and Shame , Hoarding , Impulsivity , Infidelity , Isolation/Loneliness , Life Purpose , Men's Issues , Military and Veterans Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Phobias , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Postpartum Depression , Posttraumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Prejudice and Discrimination , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Sexuality , Smoking/Vaping Cessation , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
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
Psychologist #022053 (Expires: 2022-10-31)
Psychologist #PY.61029319 (Expires: 2023-11-15)
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.
My sessions with Dr. Schaefer are immensely helpful. I highly recommend her and BetterHelp.
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.
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.