I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 30 years of experience working as a therapist and life coach and have worked with children, adults and couples. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD, ADHD, anger management and using effective coping skills. I also helped many people who have experienced trauma and substance abuse.
My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and putting a plan into action to make changes. I have used a combination of cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Trichotillomania, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
FL LMHC MH6519
I can't recommend Dr. Schaffner enough! She has been a godsend! Not only is she great on our 1-1s; but her response to my emails with thoughtful, caring emails/messages, has really been so helpful. I don't feel so alone in what I'm going through because of her.
Written on Oct 14, 2023 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd
Michele has been a lifeline for me. She's has helped me put things in perspective, listened to all of my stuff with compassion and given me ways to cope with all of my stuff. It's been a ruff few years and she's has helped me get through my pain and anxiety. I highly recommend Michele.
Written on Oct 09, 2023 after therapy with Michele for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and compassion fatigue
Michele has helped me so much. I had been struggling for many years with my trauma. Michele helped me get pass this trauma. She always seem to know the right things to say and do. She sent me information to read that helped me. I feel free of this trauma that has haunted me. I’m so grateful.
Thank you Michele, you helped me find my way out. My life is peaceful and calm of the trauma that has tormented me for many years.
Written on Oct 02, 2023 after therapy with Michele for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd
I love Michele she has helped me through some of my hardest times. I really love her and everything she has done for me.
Written on Sep 21, 2023 after therapy with Michele for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and adhd
Michele is direct, active, polite and experienced. I'm so thankful to have time with her and learn about my missing pieces so I can build healthier relationships.
Written on Sep 20, 2023 after therapy with Michele for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd
She is an outstanding therapist that has helped me immensely. She is always available to me. And it gives me peace of mind during really tough times.
Written on Sep 09, 2023 after therapy with Michele for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd