Kathryn C. Shafer Ph.D.
For over 30 years Kathryn Shafer Ph.D., LCSW, CAP, is known for her work as a psychotherapist at her private practice at Limitless Potentials, Inc. in Jupiter, Florida. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work at New York University in New York City, and her doctorate in Social Work from Barry University in Miami, Florida. As a clinician, educator, author, consultant, practitioner of mental imagery, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and other somatic therapies, she intersects tools from psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive behavioral therapies for the emotional and physical health of all age groups. At over 40 conferences internationally, Dr. Shafer has given presentations as a key note, conducts lifestyle workshops, and has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs to discuss topics pertaining to chronic health issues (asthma, Cancer), mood disorders (bipolar, anxiety, depression), trauma, PTSD, and the addictions. Sharing how she applies self-regulation tools in her own life (diagnosed with asthma at 15 months, hit by a drunk driver while marathon training in 1994, and completed treatment for Stage 3 Breast Cancer in 2015), she offers healthy life management skill training for addressing anger management, adjusting to aging, relationship challenges, and urges to self-harm. At her private practice she offers individual, group, and family therapy.
Additionally, her achievements as a certified addiction professional and mental health professional, Dr. Shafer was among a team of professionals that created the first Chemical Dependency residential treatment center in New York City called Stuyvesant Square at Beth Israel Medical Center. She conducts interventions helping families obtain treatment for addicted loved ones, assessments for Employee Assistance Programs regarding performance concerns and is a certified yoga instructor that address physical issues such as chronic pain. Dr. Shafer completed her doctorate designing an international substance abuse training during the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Other international and training efforts a study abroad program for students in Costa Rica, and consultant for a residential addiction program in Nicaragua. She has taught yoga therapy for addicted older adults, homeless addicted women, and for children and teens at a residential psychiatric program. Dr. Shafer completed her Asthanga Yoga Teacher training in Mysore, India. Her forensic work includes custody evaluations on parenting, parental alienation, and for older adults desiring to remain independent.
Creating the Fun™ program (after being hit by a drunk driver while running) she is a cognitive behavioral therapist. Integrating conventional and alternative practices, she infuses evidence based practices in her clinical practice. Education about behavioral interventions such as nutrition, exercise, meditation, and relationships are her comprehensive approach for mindbody health. There are bimonthly groups for women, and coed recovery groups. Yoga classes (private and group classes) at her office are taught by Dr. Shafer and a variety of other yoga teachers.