About Kathryn C. Shafer

For three decades Kathryn C. Shafer Ph.D., LCSW, CAP, E-IAYT is known for her work as a psychotherapist and yoga therapist at her private practice at Limitless Potentials 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 licensed clinician and certified addiction professional, she is a practitioner of mental imagery, is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), is an EMDRIA Approved consultant, trained in Brainspotting (Level 2), Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), is a registered yoga therapist (E-IAYT), and a Gottman Trained relationship therapist (Certification Track).

Educator/ Trainer/ Supervisor

In her therapy sessions she intersects tools from psychology, neuroscience, somatic, and cognitive behavioral therapies for the emotional and physical health of all age groups. As an educator, author, and consultant, Dr. Shafer has given presentations as a key note, conducts lifestyle workshops at over 40 conferences internationally, and has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs to discuss topics pertaining to chronic health issues such as asthma, trauma, Cancer, mood disorders (bipolar, anxiety, depression), trauma, PTSD, domestic and workplace violence and harassment, and the addictions. Sharing how she teaches clients and applies self-regulation tools in her own life, Dr. Kathy offers life management skill training for whole body health. At her office she offers individual, group, couples, family, EMDR, and yoga therapy.

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Achievements in the Community

In her career 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, provides assessments for Employee Assistance Programs regarding performance concerns, and is a certified yoga therapist addressing physical issues such as chronic pain, and aging.

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 as a 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, domestic violence, and for older adults desiring to remain independent.

Creating the Fun™ program (after being hit by a drunk driver while running) for her book Asthma Free in 21 Days, she is a cognitive behavioral and somatic therapist.  Integrating conventional and alternative practices, she utilizes evidence based practices in her clinical work with clients. Education about behavioral interventions such as Ayurveda and nutrition, exercise, meditation, daily self-care routines, and equality in relationships are her comprehensive approach for mindbody health. There are bimonthly groups for women, and coed recovery groups.  Yoga (private and group classes) at her office and are taught by Dr. Shafer and a variety of other yoga teachers.  Zoom and telehealth therapy are options.