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Maureen Schafer Psychotherapy, LCSW

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Maureen Schafer is the founder of Presence of Mind Therapy. She is a therapist, social worker, mom of twins, and advocate for young adults. Maureen works with clients to cultivate the connection between mind and body, develop individual spirituality, and challenge the systems that inhibit development. She empowers young people to evolve so that the collective can thrive.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New Jersey
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“The following core values inform my life and my practice: Be present with ourselves, our clients, and in all that we do; practice acceptance with ourselves and others free of judgment; connect with compassion; embody social responsibility for conscious living; and maintain the health of ourselves, our communities, and the planet.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My clinical experience paired with personal spiritual-seeking has resulted in the formation of a practice that focuses on healing the mind and body. I have over 14 years of experience providing treatment to individuals in need of residential care, acute psychiatric hospitalization, agency support, and special education. Assessment, individual, family, and group psychotherapy, crisis management, behavior modification, and program development are within my wheelhouse. As a social worker, I am passionate about advocating for marginalized and oppressed populations. I believe that we function in the context of the larger systems we are a part of and therefore must reject the notion that individuals are inherently flawed. You are not defined by your symptoms or diagnosis!
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that the client-therapist fit is the most important aspect of treatment. We will have a phone call so that I can understand your needs and answer questions about my practice and approach. From there, we will schedule an initial assessment and develop treatment goals together. The therapeutic process is a collaborative one and the conversation evolves as you do! I tend to assign homework based on what we discussed, which can sometimes involve tracking your emotions and thoughts or practicing a mantra we have identified as helpful during session. I love working with clients who are curious about their stories and interested in rewriting the narratives.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
It is my ethical obligation to remain current on practice models, psychopharmacology, and research in the field. I stay informed by attending annual conferences and continuing education training, collaborating with other professionals, and making referrals where necessary. I adhere to the Social Workers’ Code of Ethics and abide by privacy laws including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Maintaining your privacy and safety are my primary responsibilities.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
The following core values inform my life and my practice: Be present with ourselves, our clients, and in all that we do; practice acceptance with ourselves and others free of judgment; connect with compassion; embody social responsibility for conscious living; and maintain the health of ourselves, our communities, and the planet.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm really excited to see the mental health field embracing spirituality and Eastern philosophy to understand the full picture of healing. I believe that we carry emotional wounding within our bodies and cannot heal the thoughts, emotions, or behaviors without addressing the body and the spirit.
“I believe that we carry emotional wounding within our bodies and cannot heal the thoughts, emotions, or behaviors without addressing the body and the spirit.”