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Michele Schaffner, LMHC

Stress, Anxiety Trauma and abuse Self esteem Depression ADHD
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About me

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!

Professional experience

30yrs in practice

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, 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), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

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Written on Jan 29, 2023 after therapy with Michele for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Michelle is amazing! She has the best balance between listening, helping, and tough love when needed. She has helped me so much and I couldn’t recommend her more! I finally feel like I’m making progress and that’s huge for me and a long time coming.

Written on Jan 25, 2023 after therapy with Michele for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Michele is such a great listener and has helped me cope with some very stressful situations. I would high recommend Michele to anyone that need a therapist that really stays connected and shows genuine concern and give great advice along with homework to practice coping skills.

Written on Jan 23, 2023 after therapy with Michele for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and compassion fatigue

Very attentive and challenges me to do the work outside of my sessions.

Written on Jan 10, 2023 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, parenting issues, and self esteem

I am very happy with my therapist and my sessions

Written on Jan 09, 2023 after therapy with Michele for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and anger management

Michelle has been amazing! She has helped me through the worst of times and helped me learn how to cope with the toughness of the outer world. I’m truly happy she came into my life and helped me get to where I need to be.

Written on Dec 24, 2022 after therapy with Michele for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes