Dr. Carey Shaffer has worked for 16 years in community mental health. Throughout that time, she noticed over and over that people who lack a concrete wellness plan do worse than those who do. People who pay attention to their overall wellness – not just to the immediate problem or concern they face – are better equipped to manage the challenges they face.
Human brains have plasticity – the ability to develop, adapt, and change. This means that trauma can have a lasting negative effect on the way we experience difficulties, but it also means that wellness planning can also have a lasting positive effect. With practice and repetition, it is always possible to re-train ourselves to feel better, respond better, and be better.
As a clinical psychologist and wellness coach, Dr. Shaffer is very interested in helping her clients achieve their wellness goals. Wellness coaching is a short-term, evidence-based method that supports clients in making the lasting changes needed to live a better life. This method works best with people who have already decided and are committed to making a concrete change.
Dr. Shaffer works with clients to identify a wellness vision. Looking at a person’s whole life, in multiple areas, Dr. Shaffer helps her clients to evaluate how close they are to their wellness goals and values. From there, she supports each client to develop concrete goals, with incremental, achievable weekly steps. During each wellness coaching session, her clients give updates, reflect on progress and challenges, and identify resources and values that will support them to continue working toward their positive wellness goals.
As a psychologist who is committed to her own physical health and wellness, Dr. Shaffer understands that physical activity is a key component to overall wellness. While it is important to pay attention to other areas, including spirituality, relationships, work/life satisfaction, nutrition, and more, Dr. Shaffer believes that having a strong body is essential to having a strong mind. Developing physical fitness and wellness can have a positive effect on mood, positivity, and ability to continue achieving wellness goals.
Wellness coaching can be a strong compliment to traditional talk therapy, both of which are provided expertly by Dr. Shaffer. If you have a concrete wellness goal in mind, and if you are ready to take the next step to achieve better wellness, contact us at 510.981.1471 to make an appointment with Dr. Shaffer