David Schaffer, MSW, LICSW, AADC

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My aim is always to help the people I work with move toward more fulfilling lives.  In order to help, I first have to understand what the  client experiencing, what is happening in their life, and what they want from counseling.  This involves listening non-judgmentally and with genuine concern. 

Of course people come to a therapist not just to be listen to but for help.  Models of therapy help therapists demonstrate an understanding of what is happening in the clients life and make suggestions as to what might be able to help.  Together, the therapist and the client develop a plan tailored to fit the client's goals, abilities and life situation.

I tend to use approaches from the behavioral tradition including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  I particularly like ACT's focus on moving toward a clearer sense of what values give meaning and fulfillment to life.   These values often include client's hopes and dreams, their faith-life or sense of spirituality,  and their moral philosophy or culturally held beliefs.

I often use the concepts of mindfulness and, when appropriate, teach mindfulness meditation in session.  I have a my own fourteen year meditation practice and find this helps in incorporating mindfulness into therapy.

David Schaffer Reaches

Parkersburg WV