Therapist Profile

Name:
Robert F. Shafer, PhD
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Location:
189 Hermosillo Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Phone:
(805) 969-7474
Email:
License Number
MFC19148
Practicing Since:
Additional Licenses:
MFT

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
All individuals are entitled to understand themselves and enjoy the freedom to behave authentically in daily life. In order to accomplish this, they need to resolve the inhibitions that betray their strengths. Because each person is unique, there can be no set formula for helping people find solutions and pursue their goals. I focus on the particular circumstances presented, and help construct personalized goals by carefully and non-judgmentally attending to what is being presented. I endeavor to respond in a direct, supportive, and interactive manner, always from an empathic perspective. I believe that this is my greatest strength as a therapist. Empathic understanding helps people gain confidence and self esteem, and establishes the foundation of trust which makes growth possible. I understand my strength as listening and understanding from an empathic perspective. One which helps people gain confidence and self esteem. I believe growth occurs in a trusting relationship. I have trained interns for more then 10 years, and have taught therapists at the graduate level here in Santa Barbara. Besides having a doctorate in clinical psychology, I have trained in contemporary psychoanalysis and am receiving a second Doctorate in psychoanalysis. SEE PERSONAL WEBSITE------(robertshaferphd.com)

About My Practice

Office Hours
Flexable
Services
Counseling Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis
Insurance
Any Insurance Eligible, Most Insurance Accepted, Out-of-Network coverage, Sliding Scale
Credit Cards Accepted
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy

Education

Degrees
Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Addictions
ADHD-Attn Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
Adolescents
Anger Management
Anxiety
Assertiveness Training
Attachment Therapy
Avoidant Personality
Career Stress and Changes
Children
Chronically Mentally Ill
Critical Incident Stress Management
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Communication Skills
Couples
Creativity
Creative Solutions
Crisis Intervention
Depression/Clinical Depression
Divorce/Dissolution
Domestic Violence
Eating Disorders
Employment Issues
Families
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning
Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming
Group Therapy
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Offenders)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Individual
Interracial Couples
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Learning Disabilities
Men's Issues
Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder
Parenting
Personality Disorders
Phobias
Pre-Marriage Counseling
PsychoEducational
Psychoanalysis
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Relationships
Sexual Dysfunction
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Single Parents
Step/Blended Families

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Attachment
Behavioral
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral
Cognitive
Control Mastery
Communications
Developmental/Depth
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
Family Systems
Humanistic/Existential
Intersubjective
Narrative
Object Relations
Psychoanalytic
Psychodynamic
Psychology
Self Psychology
Systems
Certifications
Marriage Counseling
Languages Spoken
English
Ethnicity

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