About Kathryn C. Shafer

For over 30 years, Dr. Kathryn Shafer has been known for her work as a licensed psychotherapist, certified addiction professional, certified EMDR Practitioner and consultant in training, author, professor, and corporate consultant. At her private practice in Jupiter, Florida, she is a cognitive behavioral therapist, and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) providing individual, relationship, and family therapy. She also has group psychotherapy sessions for women, and for persons in recovery from addiction. Dr. Shafer has completed Level 3 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and uses this format in her work when addressing relationship issues. Her diverse expertise integrates conventional psychotherapy with the adjunctive self-regulation practices of yoga, mental imagery, and breathwork. Dr. Shafer is the author of the YogaFun™ program: A comprehensive, mindbody and lifestyle management guide for all age groups.

During therapy sessions, Dr. Shafer intersects tools from psychology, neuroscience, cognitive behavioral therapy, and her yoga therapy training for the emotional and physical health of all age groups. As an educator, author, consultant, and yoga therapist, she has given presentations as a keynote and behavioral health workshops at over 40 conferences internationally. She 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 her education, training, and experience with how she works with clients and applies self-regulation tools in her own life, Dr. Shafer offers supervision and training for whole body health. At her office she offers individual, group, couples, family, yoga therapy and supervision.

Educator/ Trainer/ Supervisor

As a certified EMDR practitioner/consultant in training and trauma specialist, Dr. Kathy is a known expert in mass violence intervention training and mental health services for youth and young adults, parents, and families impacted by crisis and traumatic events. Furthermore, she is on the front line to help alleviate the emotional impact and drama of the episode.  Dr. Kathy is passionate about providing training in crisis management as well as debriefing/self-care skills for first responders. Equally important as an educator, author, and consultant, Dr. Shafer, a licensed therapist, has given presentations as a keynote speaker and conducted lifestyle workshops at over 40 conferences internationally.  She 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.


Achievements in the Community

In addition to her achievements as a certified addiction professional and mental health professional, Dr. Shafer was among a team of professionals that launched and 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 and assessments for Employee Assistance Programs regarding performance concerns.

Dr. Shafer completed her doctorate designing an international substance abuse training during the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Other international and training efforts include a study abroad program 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. She is also a certified LifeForce Yoga Practitioner.

Creating the FunTM program (after being hit by a drunk driver while running) she co-authored the book Asthma Free in 21 Days based on her certification and training with The American Institute for Mental Imagery in New York City. Integrating conventional and alternative practices, she infuses evidence-based therapies 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.