Michele Schaffner

LMHC

About Me

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 25 years of experience working as a therapist and life coach. 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!


Specialties

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

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Years of Experience: 26

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #MH6519 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Michele Schaffner. 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.O. on Jun 23, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Awesome

Written by T.A. on Jun 15, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, and coaching

I love working with Michele. She is so supportive and really takes her time to listen to everything I say and asks questions to help me figure out next steps and think about things a little deeper to get to the heart of the matter, I've resolved so many things in a very short space of time that I'd just kept spinning my wheels on before - and that feels great! I never feel judged and I always feel like she gets me, she encourages me to grow as a person and I really appreciate that. She is also very responsive, replies to my messages quickly and sends me plenty of extra materials to read and consider to help me in my journey. If you want a therapist who you really feel is there for you, then I can't recommend Michele enough.

Written by O.L. on Jun 02, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

I really like how Michele communicates with me as a patient. She really understands the situation, respects my feelings and personal space, and puts a lot of effort into making sure you feel comfortable during the session. I am very glad and grateful that my path to therapy and mental health began with her acquaintance.

Written by M.A. on Jun 01, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Michelle has been an amazing help in the last 4+months of my life I used to have anxiety/anger issues and in a matter of that time we have managed to reduce those episodes to practically none! Michelle has given me the tools to deal with life and I’m very appreciative of that! I have never had a therapist in my life that I have connected with so much!

Written by M.I. on May 31, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Ms Michele is amazing

Written by A.M. on May 31, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Michele is the second therapist that I was matched with and I could not be happier. I look forward to her messages as well as sharing my own thoughts and issues. I feel she really listens and wants to help me with my anxiety and depression and look forward to my healing process with her.

Written by C.O. on May 28, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I have only gotten to have a couple sessions with Michelle so far but I would recommend her ten times over. She is very attentive and makes me feel so comfortable. She listens to what I am saying and responds accordingly with real life experience. I’m so happy to be paired with her.

Written by S.U. on Apr 10, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues

Thank you.

Written by A.N. on Apr 04, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

3 sessions in and no complaints. Well worth it. Feeling progress near immediately.

Written by M.I. on Apr 03, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

I am impressed with Michele’s timely expertise and support through the challenges I am facing. I feel she is the right person to guide me through this journey! I am also impressed by how responsive and organized Betterhelp is.

Written by S.H. on Mar 28, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Michelle was AMAZING! She consistently checked in, paid great
Attention to me, and made me feel welcome. I didn’t feel the awkwardness or any of the stigma surrounding therapists when it came to her. She was open, honest, and truly helpful!

Written by C.A. on Mar 13, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

I couldn’t be happier and I wouldn’t go back to pre-therapy life!

Written by R.E. on Mar 04, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

She has been very understanding, helpful and remembers so much detail of myself. I’ve been assigned worksheets that have been very helpful with what I’m going through. I’ve been to other therapists before but she has been the best one yet

Written by W.E. on Feb 24, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 3 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Michele is awesome! She always responds to me in a timely manner and checks in on me often. I've learned a lot working with her.

Written by J.A. on Feb 21, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Michele is a great therapist. Even in between our sessions she takes the time to message me very helpful information and exercises to help me with the things I've been struggling with. I feel like she really listens to me and is really supportive. I'd highly recommend her!

Written by J.W. on Feb 12, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, and anger management

At my level of life... I have found that this platform is the best life tool that one can use. It is a 24/7 help, outlet, and rational thinking line. Michele's expertise, response time, and insight are spot-on for my therapy sessions. She loves her career and it shows in the type of work that she has responded with me during our in-between sessions. This was a great find and has been an extremely helpful tool in my own career. I am even much luckier to have been paired up with Michele. Keep up the great work! You are changing lives for the better!

Written by B.R. on Jan 27, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

I’m very grateful for the support and expertise/knowledge Michele has. She’s constantly helping me, listens intently, and makes me feel cared for. I know I will continue to grow in my sessions with her

Written by S.E. on Jan 18, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I've only started with Michelle but I'm already very impressed with how professional and caring she is. She was very quick at identifying the best approach for my issues.
Looking forward to continuing therapy with her.

Written by D.A. on Jan 18, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Michele is amazing! So friendly and makes me feel comfortable enough to talk to her about anything. I know she’s always there when I need her to be, I would highly recommend!

Written by G.A. on Jan 15, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Michelle is very good at what she does she is very understanding and gives you as much time as you need to talk. The different techniques offered are very helpful and the information provided is very useful

Written by R.A. on Dec 19, 2021 after therapy with Michele for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Michele is a great listener with a great sense of humor. We laugh a lot during our sessions. Which is great, because I love humor. It’s how I get through this crap. She also sends really great reading materials over that keep me engaged and focused on days we don’t have sessions. I really enjoy her straight forward, compassionate direction and I like that she helps me find solutions.

Written by B.R. on Dec 10, 2021 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

This has been far better for me then I first expected it would be.

Written by R.Y. on Dec 10, 2021 after therapy with Michele for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Michele has been an invaluable ally during a difficult time. I felt completely supported by her receptivity, encouragement, and gentle guidance. Her pragmatic ability to focus on "first things first" was exactly what I needed to manage profound anxiety and start feeling healthy again. With her facilitation, I've gained new skillfulness, and her timely responsiveness meant that I never felt she was far away, even with a large time-zone difference. I highly recommend Michele!

Written by T.O. on Dec 08, 2021 after therapy with Michele for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Michele is constantly checking in and providing reading material to cope with life and challenges I have. After a few sessions I felt comfortable to talk about bigger issues I’ve had or facing and she was non judgmental, a listener and asked questions to get me through it. I look forward to chatting with Michele weekly and I feel encouraged to touch base about how I feel. Very encouraging! Thank you Michele.

Written by H.A. on Nov 19, 2021 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, coping with life changes, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, eating disorders, and parenting issues

Michele is attentive and sends me suitable reading material for my case. She is kind and professional. I appreciate her.

Written by Z.. on Oct 27, 2021 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

I was going through an extreme tough time and in just 2 sessions with Michele , I’m doing so much better. I will be continuing therapy with her! She’s wonderful.

Written by S.A. on Oct 25, 2021 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Working with Michele is a great experience. We have only worked together for a few weeks so far but I already feel like we are making progress. I enjoy our sessions and I appreciate the resources she sends me.

She is very responsive and understanding and I feel like I am heard and that she genuinely wants to help and not just because it is her job and that is important to me.

I can definitely recommend choosing her as your therapist and I look forward to what we will work through in the future.

Written by J.O. on Oct 08, 2021 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigu

Michele is a very patient and great listener, most people tend to listen without a proper response but she is indeed a very knowledgeable therapist in my humble opinion.

Written by C.H. on Sep 30, 2021 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and bipolar disorder

She listens, understands and is very helpful. Easy to talk to and I'm happy I feel amazing now

Written by A.N. on Sep 29, 2021 after therapy with Michele for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and anger management

Michelle is wonderful and Extremely smart and knowledgeable and her fields I am truly cares

Written by S.E. on Sep 20, 2021 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd

I totally appreciate the way she reaches out to me. I feel completely confident in her working with me. And I will continue coming to her.

Written by B.R. on Sep 16, 2021 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Fast response times helpful kind

Work with me!