With over 10 years experience as a Clinical Psychologist, and as a graduate of California Graduate Institute specializing in psychodynamic psychotherapy, he is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among his areas of expertise are therapy for various forms of anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, and addiction.
Dr. Schaefer incorporates a variety of approaches in his work including: psychodynamic, cognitive, sensorimotor, relational, and mindfulness approaches. He integrates these complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
In 1979, Dr. Schaefer graduated from St. Olaf College, in Northfield, Minnesota, with a B.A. in philosophy and religion. In 1985, he earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. For 20 years, he worked as an ordained minister in the Lutheran Church (ELCA). In 2005, he graduated from California Graduate Institute (now the Chicago School for Professional Psychology) with a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.). He began his practice working as in Intern Psychologist at the school's clinic in 2003, and he continued his work in private practice after graduating.
Dr. Schaefer is licensed by the California Board of Psychology, Licence # PSY 20972.
Currently, he is training with Pat Ogden, the founder and director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. He has completed the Level 1 Training for the Treatment of Trauma. He is currently enrolled in the Level 2 Attachment, Development, and Trauma Training.
Professional Activities and Memberships
Dr. Schaefer is a member of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association and the California Psychological Association.
More recently, Dr. Schaefer has developed an interest in eastern psychology, the practice of mindfulness meditation, and yoga. He is particularly excited about recent developments in neuroscience research showing the benefits of mindful living.