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Patricia A. Schafer, Ph.D.

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returns 05/10/2017

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.

2017-03-20 many fears:

Hi Danny,    While reading your letter a few thoughts came to mind.    First of all, it seems like you and your wife may gain better communication through counseling  sessions. Trying to read between the

2017-03-14 ECT:

Hi Charles,    I am so sorry to hear how the last 9 years have been so difficult for you.  Losing your wife, after 45 years, and that wonderful companionship is so difficult.  I love the way you said "we

2016-12-05 Help:

Hi Aishwarya,    Sorry you are having problems with math and concentration.    I feel you are not getting enough sleep.  Teenagers need extra sleep due to  growth and development of the body and mind.

2016-11-14 Hellp:

Hi Aishwarya,    I am sorry to hear that you are having problems with chart work.  It really is hard when  you do not like to do it.    Do you need the chart work in school?   Can you quit that class and

2016-10-28 anixiety/stress response to children:

Hi Lauren,    You explained your situation very well.  When you mentioned growing up with parents who struggled as you are now struggling, that opened one idea to understanding your anxiety, stress, fear


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