Dr. Gilda Schaffer

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Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Dr. Gilda Schaffer is a seasoned licensed mental health clinician and psychotherapist with more than 20 years of experience working on a variety of settings that include private practice, non-profit mental health agencies and hospitals.  She enjoys working with late adolescents (15 and up), individuals and couples providing a warm and supportive professional environment where the person feels safe, understood and free to embark in a deep exploration of her/his life being able to overcome what may be coming in the way of achieving the desired life or way of being.

Dr. Schaffer provides services out of her Aventura and Hollywood offices and has vast experience in the treatment of PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment Disorders, Chronic and Acute Pain, Performance Anxiety, and Behavioral Addictions (Shopping, Gaming, Procrastination).  Dr. Schaffer uses an integrative approach that includes Insight-oriented psychotherapy, EMDR and Clinical Hypnosis, tailoring the treatment based on the client’s unique presenting issues, past history and current needs.  As a bilingual clinician (English-Spanish) she will conduct the sessions in the language the client’s feel most comfortable.  In addition, Dr. Schaffer provides individual and group consultation to therapists who are in their journey of becoming EMDR Certified or Approved Consultants.


Dr. Schaffer received her Doctorate degree in clinical psychology (Magna Cum Laude) from Southern University for Professional Studies. She is also an Approved Consultant in EMDR, completed advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and advanced studies and training in Clinical Hypnosis.  Dr. Schaffer published several articles and gave academic oral presentation at the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry.  She is currently a member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychotherapy Association, EMDR International Association, American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, Florida Psychological Association and Florida Counseling Association.


Please feel free to visit Dr. Schaffer’s website:  www.gildaschafferpsyd.com