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Patricia A. Schafer, Ph.D.


I specialize in various forms of depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and also stress, phobias, life changes, grief, women's issues, men's issues, etc. My licenses are: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor -Supervisor(LPCC-S) and Licensed Professional Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) in the state of Ohio and a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Experience in the area

12 years experience. I counsel substance abusers, families of alcoholics/drug addictions, and codependency issues. I also specialize in social phobia; stress; anxieties; women`s issues; grief and adjustments to life changes. Some therapeutic techniques used are: CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behaviorial Therapy)REBT (Rational Emotive), SFT (Solution Focused) and 12-Step, etc. If you live in the Cleveland area, you can contact me at my office for an appointment at: 440-349-4521. I am on various insurance panels and EAP programs.




Experiences of prejudice among individuals in African American and Caucasian Interracial Marriages: A Q-methodological Study (Doctoral Dissertation - December 2008; Wilsnack and Beckman's book: Alcohol Problems in Women (1984). Alcohol use and marital violence: Female and Male Differences in reactions to alcohol(pages 260-279.


Ph.D. In counseling MA In Counseling BS In Psychology

Awards and Honors

Previous president of NCOCA (North Central Ohio Counseling Association); previous president of Chi Sigma Iota. Two years VISTA volunteer on Navajo reservation in Inscription House and Shonto.

Past/Present Clients

Do to HIPAA privacy laws, I do not release any info about my client.

What do you like about this subject?

Depression affects the family and everyone needs educated that this is truly a physical illness due to brain chemistry. Substance abuse: Many individuals do for the addict/alcoholic what he should be doing for himself such as covering up or paying his/her bills, etc. This only enables the addict to be an addict.Family/friends need educated.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Never quit learning.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Light therapy really works for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Light therapy studies are now going on for pregnant women and post-partum depression studies.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Many physicians do not believe light therapy works due to lack of education in this area.

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Recent Answers from Patricia A. Schafer, Ph.D.

2016-10-12 lying:

Hi Melanie,    I think your felings are correct for the situation that you "have turned into someone who doubts him all the time and questions him."  I have a feeling he will just be lying again and it

2016-02-21 kindly advise:

Hi Kaveri,    As I read your letter, I first thought of why he would not want to work on things with you by waiting instead of rushing into marriage.  It may be he really did not really love you completely

2014-08-07 Fiance's depression and anxiety:

Hi Sara,    Sorry to hear your family does not understand mental illness.  It may be more helpful for you not to talk to them about mental illness and your husband anymore.  It is too bad the general public

2014-04-26 Help Please:

Hi Chantell,    Wow - that is a horrible situation - and being called: cynical, insecure, opposition, self-entitled, etc.    Does your school have an ombudsman?  I might not have spelled it right.  They

2013-10-24 SAD:

Hi Ashley,    You are very bright doing the research on SAD, and also waiting a year to test if by September again you feel depressed.    I also have SAD and that is why I started researching it years


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