About Kathryn C. Shafer
For over 30 years, Kathryn C. Shafer Ph.D., LCSW, CAP, LYFT, E-IAYT, has been known for her work as a psychotherapist, certified Addiction Professional, certified Yoga Therapist, author, and international speaker. At her private practice, Limitless Potentials, Inc. in Jupiter, Florida, she offers a multitude of therapy services along with training and a yoga center. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at New York University in New York City, and her doctorate from Barry University in Miami, Florida. As a licensed clinician, Kathryn C. Shafer is a practitioner of mental imagery and cognitive behavioral therapy. She is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), is an EMDR consultant in training and trained in Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
During psychotherapy sessions, she intersects evidence-based therapies from psychology, neuroscience, diet, and exercise to advance the emotional and physical health of all age groups. For that reason, at her Jupiter, Florida office, Dr. Kathy provides individual, group, couples, family, and yoga therapy, teaching clients self-regulation tools and lifestyle management for whole-body health. Coupled with her comprehensive trademark approach for mind-body health, the FUN™ Program successfully shifts habits and heals emotional and physical imbalances. Additionally, there are bi-monthly groups for women and co-ed recovery groups for persons impacted by addiction. Limitless Potentials also offers Yoga classes (private and group) at the Jupiter office which are taught by Dr. Kathy and a variety of other yoga teachers.
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 therapist, Dr. Shafer was among a team of professionals that launched the first chemical dependency residential treatment center in New York City called Stuyvesant Square located 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 therapist to address physical issues such as chronic pain and aging. She is a past board president of Gratitude House, the only non-profit, residential treatment program in Palm Beach County that provides services to addicted, pregnant women and their families. It is also the only Palm Beach County program to provide pre and post-natal care to pregnant, addicted mothers, allowing them to bring the newborns into treatment as long as they remain clean and sober.
Dr. Shafer completed her doctorate by designing an international substance abuse training program during the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Additional international and training efforts include a study abroad program in Costa Rica, and a consultancy for a residential addiction program in Nicaragua. Dr. Shafer has taught yoga therapy for addicted older adults, homeless addicted women, and for children and teens at a long-term residential psychiatric program. Her forensic work includes custody evaluations on parenting, parental alienation, and older adults desiring to remain independent. As a victim of trauma herself, Dr. Kathy used her time of recovery after being hit by a drunk driver and created the Fun™ program which utilizes conventional and alternative practices to address health obstacles and beliefs created when impacted by trauma. Since then, she has created multiple programs to provide relief from other chronic health issues such as trauma, Lyme disease, and pain management.