Susan Shafer

(MA, LCMHC, NCC)

About Me

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I’m Susan Shafer, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor for the state of North Carolina and a 500hr Registered Yoga Instructor. I hold a Masters Degree in Community Counseling from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and have been providing therapy for over 12 years. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in a variety of settings. My areas of specialty include working with those struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief/loss, ADHD and trauma related hardships.

My counseling approach is eclectic and I use approaches that integrates effective wellness practices with traditional psychotherapy including CBT, Mindfulness and Emotional Freedom Techniques. I believe in creating a space that allows clients to express themselves openly and without judgement. My work focuses on helping clients to connect to their inner strengths and increase their awareness of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. At times, I combine yoga practices and psycho-educational techniques that allow clients to experience the power to connect the body and mind through breath and movement. Another form of treatment I highly encourage clients to consider is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also referred to as 'tapping', which is a scientifically researched method of using self-applied acupressure to reduce stress, shift negative emotions, change unwanted behaviors and work to resolve with trauma memories. I have been trained in these techniques and am currently in a mentoring program to become a certified practitioner.

It takes courage and trust to begin counseling and I appreciate your willingness to allow me to be a part of this journey. Together, we will identify your goals and skills to help you overcome the challenges you are experiencing or have experienced. One of my greatest joys as a therapist is to witness individuals resolve issues and gravitate toward a life fulfilled with inner peace and joy. When you are ready to begin, I am here to walk the next steps with you!


Specialties

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

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCMHC #8482 (Expires: 2023-06-30)


Reviews

Written by H.E. on Jul 28, 2021 after counseling with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Really excited to work with Susan, which is a first for me in therapy. Susan is very pleasant and easy to work with which i noticed after one session. As someone who feels very awkward doing therapy this is much appreciated! Shes very patient and kind.

Written by A.L. on Jul 20, 2021 after counseling with Susan for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Susan has been a great help to me. She and I have similar views when it comes to how to deal with what I am going through. I can’t wait to see my growth and continue my time with her.

Written by M.I. on Jun 30, 2021 after counseling with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Susan has a wonderful, calming energy that allows me to feel comfortable opening up. I feel so much relief after speaking with her. She’s holds space for me to just breath, cry, or think whenever tough emotions come up, without ever making me feel rushed. She’s been so generous with her time and has offered ideas and suggestions that have shifted things for me even after only a few sessions. I’m so grateful to have found her.

Written by Z.D. on Jun 10, 2021 after counseling with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Susan Shafer is an excelent psychologist. I feel so comfirtable with her and i would definitely recommend her.

Written by K.I. on May 26, 2021 after counseling with Susan for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Truly listens and finds ways to connect

Written by T.I. on Apr 07, 2021 after counseling with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Susan is wonderful. She really pays attention to detail with things that I would like to change to feel better. Always asks the right questions and is super easy to talk to. Highly recommend.

Written by C.A. on Mar 22, 2021 after counseling with Susan for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

She’s amazing ! She’s changing my life for the better.

Written by L.E. on Mar 09, 2021 after counseling with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and self esteem

I’ve only had a few sessions with her but the ones I’ve had been amazing and I will continue to work with her

Written by J.E. on Dec 02, 2020 after counseling with Susan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, and career difficulties

Simply stated, rockstar therapist. Does an excellent job pairing techniques and strategies with issues in a practical manner. Open and affirming in the way you would expect a mental health professional to be.

Written by W.I. on Oct 07, 2020 after counseling with Susan for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

she is the best counselor I have ever had!

Written by B.E. on Oct 06, 2020 after counseling with Susan for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

To say that Susan has helped me improve my life and understand myself better would be an understatement. She perfectly walks the line of listening and explaining and always knows which way to guide me when I’m feeling overwhelmed or confused. She is encouraging, understanding, and extremely intuitive. She never judges me and is so patient when I’m feeling hesitant to open up. I feel so lucky to have Susan in my life and a part of my journey; She has guided me and helped me work through some really difficult and important things and I feel closer to the person I want to become than I ever have in my life.

Written by L.O. on Oct 05, 2020 after counseling with Susan for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and career difficulties

I have only been seeing Susan Shafer a couple months, but I have made a lot of progress into my trauma therapy already. She makes me feel heard, respected, and truly understands the goals I have, both long and short term. I'm happy I have been paired with such a professional!

Written by M.A. on Oct 05, 2020 after counseling with Susan for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Susan is the best therapist I have ever had and I am so happy I was matched with her. She challenges me to see things differently and understand my own implicit learned behaviors and thought patterns. It has tremendously helped my communication in my relationships and what I think about myself.

Written by K.R. on Jul 28, 2020 after counseling with Susan for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Susan has been wonderful. She really listens to me, and I feel like I can tell her anything without feeling judged. She nudges me when I need it, makes great suggestions, and asks thoughtful questions. I really appreciate her.

Written by J.E. on Jul 20, 2020 after counseling with Susan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

As a professional who works in mental health , I have found my expectations for a therapist to be higher than the average person. It has been refreshing to be paired with Susan. She is timely, compassionate, and very resourceful. She is truly an expert in connecting thoughts to feelings and behaviors. She will validate you while challenging you to take on new perspectives and/or small practices to better your emotional, spiritual, and physical well being. She respects boundaries, will never force or push me into something I am not ready to dive into. I always look forward to our sessions, I give her 5 stars!

Written by N.I. on Jun 17, 2020 after counseling with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Susan was my second recommended counselor & I couldn't be more please with how BetterHelp has paired us. After reading up on her background I had a strong indication that she's exactly what I need in order to get through my rough patch. She speaks my lingo, she knows exactly what it is that I need to hear, & shes extremely responsive via messages although she does prefer to do video or phone calls & I can understand why. But basing on my current lifestyle it's better for me to respond by messages but do hope I get to hop on a phone/video call with her if that time arises. I personally recommend her 10/10, but would be mindful about whether or not this or any counselor fits your lifestyle.

Written by S.H. on May 29, 2020 after counseling with Susan for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I felt comfortable with her.