Liz Shaffer

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There is something scary and exciting about starting therapy. You are about to embark on a new journey that will hopefully lead to healthy and sustained changes. However, change is intimidating at the best of times and can feel impossible at the worst. There may be parts of you that tell you you will fail, that you are unworthy, that you are bad or wrong for even having these thoughts, feelings or beliefs. Inviting a new person to look at these parts can feel overwhelming and terrifying.

That is why I approach everyone person that I see with respect and with an eye towards building an equal partnership. I have focused my career on working with women to help them define themselves and their relationships in ways that feel right for them regardless of what society, family, or partners may have taught them. I start from the belief that no one who walks into my office is broken. You are strong. You have survived this far. Our job will be to strengthen the parts that have helped you and quiet the parts that no longer work for you.

In therapy, I blend concrete coping and grounding techniques with insight-oriented work and humor. I like to understand not only what brings you in now but how this issue has developed throughout your life. I’m curious about where you learned how to be in this world. However, the most important thing in therapy is for me to meet you where you are. As I said, change can be scary and feel overwhelming. My job is to walk with you through this process at your pace in order to help you get to where you want to be.

SPECIALTIES

  • Pregnancy/Postpartum mental health
  • Trauma
  • Pregnancy decision-making/infertility
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Domestic violence
  • Life transitions
  • Women’s health
  • Adjustment to parenting

LOCATION

330 Mount Auburn St,
Clark Building - Room 121,
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

 

PRACTICE DETAILS

  • Cost per session: $140
  • A reduced rate may be offered for clients with demonstrated need
  • Accepts private payments and PPO/POS insurance plans from certain insurances as an out-of-network provider 

QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING

  • Bachelors Degree in Psychology with minor in Women's Studies, Allegheny College, 2010
  • Master's in Social Work from Boston University, 2014