Dr. Hillary Schaefer

Psychologist

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.


Specialties

  • 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

Licensing

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

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


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Hillary Schaefer. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by J.E. on Apr 18, 2022 after therapy with Hillary for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

She’s fantastic. Love her energy and her tools for me. So far, so good!

Written by K.A. on Mar 25, 2022 after therapy with Hillary for 2 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

While I didn’t work with this provider in a session, as my schedule didn’t allow, I can’t rave enough about the true care and kindness of this provider. I have started therapy again after a hiatus and I can honestly say she was the best at walking me through getting everything started even after knowing that our schedules would not align. I say this because in some cases I have encountered it’s very easy to not respond and think “oh they’re on to a new provider” and she did not, she really took her time to have pleasant conversation and help walk me through the steps for provider change. I just didn’t want that to go unnoticed or unappreciated. I want to thank her deeply for her positive attitude, helpfulness, and genuine kindness. Thank you again Dr. Shaefer.

Written by J.U. on Jan 23, 2022 after therapy with Hillary for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Dr. Schaefer is the absolute best—I’ve been working with her for well over a year and we continue to work together seamlessly. She’s a tough therapist, but she’s always working for my best interest.

Written by B.I. on Nov 08, 2021 after therapy with Hillary for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning relationship issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

She’s flawless.

Written by H.A. on Oct 19, 2021 after therapy with Hillary for 10 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Dr. Schaefer has helped me tremendously and I highly recommend her. If you’re wondering if you should reach out to her; the answer is yes. This is your sign to do it. She’s helped me build boundaries and the backbone to enforce them. Thank you Dr. Schaefer!!!!

Written by J.O. on Dec 22, 2020 after therapy 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 J.E. on Dec 07, 2020 after therapy 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.

Work with me!