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Michael Schaeffer – MSW, LICSW

Michael Schaeffer – MSW, LICSWWelcome to my bio page at Centered Practice. I hope this will give you a sense of who I am and what I’m about as you kick the tires in search of a therapist. If you have more questions, just call.

I work with people from diverse backgrounds who are interested in brief supportive counseling, as well as more depth-oriented emotional work. Some clients have a very specific and clear idea about what is troubling to them and what they want out of therapy, while other clients struggle to define the issue but have a felt sense something just doesn’t feel right in their lives.

When we first meet, we’ll have to get a sense if I’m a good fit for you. I’m open to any questions you may have about therapy and working with me. I’ll also want to get to know you better: How you feel about your life, your relationships, and your hopes and dreams.

I emphasize safety, attunement, curiosity, and humor when I collaborate with my clients. My experience includes providing therapy to individuals and couples ranging from college clients to elders. I also have experience with adolescents and their families in outpatient clinics and day treatment facilities.

My clinical interests are in relational trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and support during the grieving process. I have a particular interest in how our bodies influence mental health and how they can hold psychological trauma. Basically, I’m a good therapist if you’ve had “bad stuff” happen to you in childhood or later in life that is sticking around.

I hold a master’s degree in clinical social work with additional trauma training from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and the University of Minnesota’s Trauma Certificate Program. I have also completed a post-graduate fellowship in contemporary psychodynamic therapy for adults from the Hamm Clinic in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

At Centered Practice I work with older adolescents (15+), families and individual adults. I am not currently seeing couples.


St. Paul Office
651-605-6020, ext 701


Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Contemporary Psychodynamic Therapy

Insurance Accepted

Health Partners
Private pay